Alanson, Michigan

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Alanson is a village in Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 785.

Alanson is in Littlefield Township on U.S. Highway 31 at the junction with M-68. Petoskey is about 12 miles (19 km) southwest on US 31 and Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Bridge are about 25 miles (40 km) north. Interstate 75 is about 11 miles (18 km) to the east on M-68 at Indian River. The Alanson post office opened with the name Hinman on January 17, 1877 and changed to Alanson on June 22, 1882.[3]



Located on the Crooked River, Alanson is part of the Inland Water Route, which includes: Crooked, Burt, and Mullett Lakes, and the Crooked, Indian, and Cheboygan Rivers. The Inland Water Route Historical Society Museum is located in Alanson.[4]

Alanson also has a hillside garden located adjacent to the former Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad depot.

Both the town and the Crooked River are mentioned in a song title on the Sufjan Stevens album, Michigan.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (3.96%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 785 people, 323 households, and 207 families residing in the village. The population density was 807.8 per square mile (312.5/km²). There were 407 housing units at an average density of 418.8/sq mi (162.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 89.55% White, 0.89% African American, 5.61% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 3.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.

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