Richland Township, Missaukee County, Michigan

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Richland Township is a civil township of Missaukee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,445 at the 2000 census.

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Communities

  • Lucas is an unincorporated community in the township at 44°13′06″N 85°17′06″W / 44.21833°N 85.285°W / 44.21833; -85.285 (Lucas).[3] It was founded in 1878 by William Taylor. A number of Dutch settlers, including Harm Lucas and his five sons, arrived in 1882. A post office was established on February 23, 1883, named Lucas after Harm Lucas, with Abraham Lucas as the first postmaster. The office closed on February 16, 1885 and re-opened on September 7, 1886, with Peter Van den Bosch as postmaster. The office was discontinued on June 30, 1957, and became a rural branch/station of McBain until 1972.[4] [5]
  • Garfield was a rural post office in the township. The post office opened on July 12, 1880, with farmer William N. Taylor as the first postmaster and operated until June 15, 1882.[6] [5]
  • The city of McBain is to the east (and incorporates a small portion of land in Richland Township). The McBain post office with ZIP code 49657 also serves most of Richland Township.[7]
  • The city of Cadillac is to the northwest in Wexford County and the Cadillac post office with ZIP code 49601 also serves small areas in northwest Richland Township.[8]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92.3 km²), of which, 35.6 square miles (92.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,445 people, 486 households, and 393 families residing in the township. The population density was 40.6 per square mile (15.7/km²). There were 558 housing units at an average density of 15.7/sq mi (6.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.69% White, 0.14% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

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