Mount Morris Township, Michigan

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Mount Morris Charter Township is a charter township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 23,725 as of the 2000 census.

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Communities

  • The City of Mount Morris is adjacent to the township, but is governed independently of the township.
  • Beecher is an urbanized area of the township lying between the cities of Mount Morris and Flint. There is also a census-designated place with the same name defined for statistical purposes that covers the approximate area of the community. A portion of the CDP also lies within Genesee Township.
  • Much of the southeast portion of the township is considered to be a part of the Flint urban area.

History

Formed from Flushing and Genesee townships, Mount Morris Township was established on February 12, 1855 by act of state legislature. They decreed that the first township meeting would be held on the first Monday in April. So, on April 2, an election was held in an abandoned log cabin in the southeast corner of the township. 74 votes were cast and the township was organized with elected officials. [3]

Today, the township has an active main business district along Pierson Road in the south, stretching roughly four miles from Elms Road in the west to Clio Road in the east. A considerable amount of its traffic comes from I-75.

The township garnered national attention when on February 29, 2000, six-year old Kayla Rolland was killed by her first-grade classmate, Dedrick Owens, at Buell Elementary in the Beecher school district.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 31.5 square miles (81.5 km²), of which, 31.4 square miles (81.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.13%) is water.

The township is served by the Flint Mass Transportation Authority bus lines. In addition, I-75, I-475 and M-54 run through the township.

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