Lake Orion, Michigan

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Lake Orion is a village in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,715 at the 2000 census. "Lake Orion" is often used to describe both the village and the much larger Orion Township,[citation needed] of which the village is a part.

The village and township are home to Lake Orion High School, Bald Mountain State Park, Indianwood Golf and Country Club, Canterbury Village, the Scripps Mansion, and a General Motors manufacturing plant, Orion Assembly.

Lake Orion originated as a resort town and over time has incorporated elements of a bedroom community.

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History

Judah Church and Moses (or Samuel) Munson were among the first settlers. Munson, who arrived in 1824, built a sawmill in 1825, and planted the first orchard. Jesse Decker arrived from upstate New York with his wife, Mary, in 1825. Decker proved to be energetic and became "everything to everybody", so that the place soon became known as "Decker's Settlement".[3] The settlement grew into a bustling commercial center with a sawmill, tavern, post office, general store, blacksmith shop, school and cemetery.

In 1830, Jesse Decker raised the first frame barn in the area with the help of local Indians. The first post office was opened in 1832, with Decker as postmaster.[3] In 1835, a group of settlers gathered in his home and formed a township. By 1836, two persons were licensed to keep taverns in the town, one of whom was Decker.[3] By 1840 Decker owned 440 acres (1.8 km2) of land.

Decker was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1837, and also served as justice of the peace.

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