Haynes Township, Michigan

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Haynes Township is a civil township of Alcona County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 724 at the 2000 census. The township is to the north of the city of Harrisville and to the northeast of the village of Lincoln, which are the nearest population centers.

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  • Alcona is a tiny, unincorporated community in the township on the shore of Lake Huron about one mile (1.6 km) south of the boundary with Alcona Township at 44°45′36″N 83°17′52″W / 44.76°N 83.29778°W / 44.76; -83.29778 (Alcona, Michigan). The FIPS place code is 01050 and the elevation is 590 feet (180 m) above sea level.[3] It was first settled by Canadian-born commercial fisherman William Hill about 1855. First known as The Cove, it was later renamed after Alcona County. The settlement remained a fishing town until about 1865 and then a lumbering town until about 1880. A post office was established on January 9, 1867, with Bryant S. Lagrange as the first postmaster. The post office operated until August 15, 1903.[4][5] The town is located on Sanctuary Bay, approximately three miles north of Sturgeon Point Light Station with its own dock served by passenger ships. The town virtually disappeared in the early 20th century, and its historic buildings fell into disrepair and were eventually torn down. It was considered a "ghost town."[6] Thereafter, there has been development, and homes are in the area, although the central business district seems forever lost.

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