Leelanau Township, Michigan

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Leelanau Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,139 at the 2000 census.


Communities and landmarks

  • Gill's Pier, or Gills Pier was a settlement at 45°05′20″N 85°41′02″W / 45.08889°N 85.68389°W / 45.08889; -85.68389 (Gills Pier) along Lake Michigan in the southwest of the township. The community took its name from the William Gill and Son lumber mill. A post office operated from January 22, 1883 until January 15, 1908.[3][4] At its peak, in the 1890s, Gill's Pier had 12 houses, a post office, and a general store. The community, now mostly a memory, has been replaced by more vacation and year-round houses overlooking the lake. However, the name still appears on maps and lives on in the Gill's Pier Vineyard and Winery.[5]
  • Northport is a village on the Grand Traverse Bay side of the township. The Northport post office with ZIP Code 49670 also serves most of Leelanau Township.[6]
  • Omena is an unincorporated community in the southeast part of township on the Grand Traverse Bay.
  • St. Wenceslaus Church, named for Wenceslas I, Duke of Bohemia, a Roman Catholic Church founded nearby by immigrants from Bohemia who worked at the Leland Lake Superior Iron Foundry and at the Gills Pier sawmill also remains. After the Holy Trinity Church in Leland burned down in 1880, the first wood-frame church was built in 1890 and the cemetery was established. Church membership had doubled by 1908 and a brick structure replaced it in 1914. The 2 church buildings stood side by side until the Autumn of 1963 when the frame structure was razed.[7]
  • The village of Suttons Bay is to the south and the Suttons Bay post office with ZIP code 49682 also serves small areas in southern Leelanau Township.[8]

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