Alaiedon Township, Michigan

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Alaiedon Township is a civil township of Ingham County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 3,498.

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The land that was to become the township was surveyed by a Musgrove Evans in 1827. It was not until 1837 that the first white settler, James Phillips, arrived.[3] That same year the first settlement, Jefferson City, was platted and founded at what is today the Hagadorn and Lamb intersection along Mud Creek. The township was formally organized in 1842, and was named by Henry Schoolcraft who came up with a pseudo Native American name he claimed meant "hill land for excellent living."[3] At the time of its organization, the township consisted of what is today Lansing, Meridian, Delhi, and Alaiedon townships. The aforementioned townships would be spun off in 1842 to give the township the boundaries it has to this day.

The townships settlement pattern changed considerably in 1847 (the same year the state capital was moved to Lansing Township. It was found that the town was never formally platted, and thus didn't legally exist preventing the settlement's residents from obtaining deeds to their properties. Subsequently, the town was abandoned and few traces remain of its existence, today.[3] In 1877, residents constructed a township hall on one quarter of an acre of Ingham County's "poor farm" that served as the township hall until 1959 when a new one was constructed at 2021 West Holt Road.

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