Union City, Michigan

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Union City is a village in Branch and Calhoun counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located mostly within Union Township in Branch County, it sits at the junction of the Coldwater and St. Joseph rivers; the Calhoun County portion lies within that county's Burlington Township. It is part of the Battle Creek, Michigan Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,804 at the 2000 census.

M-60 passes just north of the village. The village is home to a clothing optional park, Turtle Lake Resort.

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History

Union City is located on the northern border of Branch County, about ten miles (16 km) northwest of Coldwater. This is a small picturesque and historic town that functions primarily as an adjunct community to the greater Coldwater and Battle Creek areas. It has a striking turn-of-the-century look architecturally, with well preserved downtown buildings and several Victorian style homes. A Civil War monument can be seen on the north end of the main street area in the churchyard, while a veteran’s memorial along the riverbank to the south end stands to commemorate those who fought in more recent wars.

Union City was first settled by Justice Goodwin in 1833, when he built a mill here and became the first postmaster, calling it "Goodwinville." A year later, he sold several hundred acres to E. W. Morgan, who officially platted the site, renaming it from the "union" of the Coldwater and St. Joseph Rivers, which join there. It was eventually incorporated as a city in 1866.

In the early 1920s Union City built a hydroelectrical plant to deliver cheaper electricity to the town. By 1923 Riley Dam was constructed on nearby St. Joseph River, and the backwater forms Union Lake.[3] Union Lake is known for its many stumps that currently create problems for power boaters which were not around during Union Lakes the first winter freeze.

Patricia Polacco's home, the Meteor Ridge Farm, formerly called The Plantation was built in 1859 or 1860 and served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, even receiving a personal visit from President Lincoln.[4] "

Parts of the film "Evil Dead" were filmed west of Union city.

Notable natives

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