Arcadia Township, Manistee County, Michigan

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Arcadia Township is a civil township of Manistee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 621.

The unincorporated community of Arcadia is located within the township on M-22 on the shore of Lake Michigan. Arcadia is at 44°29′35″N 86°13′54″W / 44.49306°N 86.23167°W / 44.49306; -86.23167. The elevation is 587 feet (179 m) above sea level. The ZIP code is 49613.[3]



European settlement in Arcadia dates to 1866, when Dr. W. L. Dempster, G. W. Boss, and H. Huntington settled on Bar Lake, so named because a large sandbar separates it from Lake Michigan (the lake is now called Arcadia Lake). The township was organized soon after, in 1870. The village of Arcadia was founded in 1880.

Arcadia's early history was dominated by Henry Starke, a Milwaukeean who established a lucrative lumber mill. Starke also established Trinity Lutheran Church, Arcadia's most prominent structure and a Michigan state historic site. The town thrived as a lumber town through the early 1900s. In 1906 Starke's lumber mill burned to the ground and was replaced by the Arcadia Furniture Factory.[4]

The town is the birthplace of Harriet Quimby, America's first aviatrix. This is memorialized by a Michigan historical marker.[5]

For a list of other Michigan historical markers in the area, see Manistee County, Michigan.


The population of Arcadia roughly doubles during the summer months as people from across the United States maintain summer homes in Arcadia. People are drawn to the natural beauty and relative remoteness of the area. Many of the visitors are connected with the nationally renowned Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course, built in 1999 in the south of the township. Camp Arcadia (Michigan), a Lutheran family retreat center founded in 1922, draws thousands of visitors each year. The town itself is small and quiet, with few activities besides a bar called Riggers and The Arcadia Ice House. One of the few gravity hills in Michigan is located in Arcadia at the intersection of Putney and Joyfield Roads.

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