Montague, Michigan

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Montague is a city in Muskegon County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,407. The city is located within Montague Township, but is politically independent.

The Montague ZIP code 49437 also serves all of Montague Township and White River Township, as well as a small portions of Whitehall Township and Blue Lake Township in Muskegon County and parts of Claybanks Township and Grant Township in Oceana County.[3]

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History and culture

Noah Ferry, who named the city in honor of his father, William Montague Ferry, founded the city. William Ferry founded the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg in neighboring Ottawa County. Ferry Church, built in 1874, is named in honor of Noah Ferry, who died fighting for the Union at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

At one time, Ferry Street, also named for the founder, was the main street through town. It was named for him because the city's post office operated on that street since its establishment in 1867, and Ferry was instrumental in getting a post office in the city. Although city hall, the city’s new post office (constructed in 2005), and a handful of businesses still operate on Ferry, Dowling Street has become the city's main fairway because of its eventual connection to neighboring communities and U.S. Highway 31.

Montague is home to the "World's Largest Working Weathervane" which was constructed in part by local manufacturer Whitehall Metal Studios. The weathervane is topped by the Ella Ellenwood, a lumbering Schooner that frequented White Lake transporting lumber from Montague to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The ship became infamous after it sank in a storm in 1901, and the wooden nameplate of the schooner floated back to the shores of the City of Montague, where it was found in 1902. Many people believed that the boat was coming home, and as a result the ship is frequently associated with the city. The city also has a successful football team, The Wildcats, that have won districts 5 years in a row, won regionals 4 years, appeared in the state semi-finals for 4 consecutive years, and won its first state championship in 2008 under head coach of 5 years Pat Collins, who was the former quarterback of the 1992 Montague football team, which also made an appearance in the state finals. In 2008 the Montague Wildcats football team won the Division 6 state championship over the Leslie Blackhawks 41-20. The team also won its second straight Division 6 state title in 2009 with a 24-21 victory over the Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central Falcons.

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