Maple Valley Township, Montcalm County, Michigan

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Maple Valley Township is a civil township of Montcalm County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,083 at the 2000 census.

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  • Coral is an unincorporated community in the township at 43°21′46″N 85°24′10″W / 43.36278°N 85.40278°W / 43.36278; -85.40278 (Coral).[3] Coral began as a lumber camp organized by Rev. Charles Parker, who purchased land in sections 7 and 9 in 1861. A sawmill built by Morris and Henry Stump was key to its growth, and for a while the place was known as "Stumptown". Parker recorded a plat in 1862 and named it "Coral", reportedly "because it was easy to spell." It was a station on the Detroit, Lansing and Northern Railroad and John Holcomb became the first postmaster on March 22, 1869.[4] The Coral post office, with ZIP code 49322, serves most of northern Maple Valley Township, as well as portions of Pine Township to the east and Winfield Township to the north.[5]
  • Trufant is an unincorporated community in the southeast part of the township. The post office, with ZIP code 49347, serves the southern part of Maple Valley Township, as well as portions of Pine Township to the east and a small area in Spencer Township to the south.[6] Emery Trufant built the first water-powered sawmill here in 1872. He sold out to J. B. Hileman and Jacob Hesser, who later built a steam-powered mill on the site. Their firm platted the village of Trufant on March 10, 1875, and named it after Trufant, recognizing him as the first settler.[7] [8]
  • The village of Sand Lake is to the southwest in Kent County and the Sand Lake post office, with ZIP code 49343, also serves a small area in southwest Maple Valley Township.[9]
  • The village of Pierson is to the west in Pierson Township, and the Pierson post office, with ZIP code 49339, also serves a portion of western Maple Valley Township.[10]
  • The city of Howard City is to the northwest, and the Howard City post office, with ZIP code 49329, also serves a portion of northwest Maple Valley Township.[11]

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