Beaverton, Michigan

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Beaverton is a city in Gladwin County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,106 at the 2000 census.

The city is adjacent to Beaverton Township and incorporates some land formerly in the township.

According to Romig's Michigan Place Names, the community was first settled by lumbermen in about 1863 and was first known as Grand Forks, after the confluence of the Tobacco and Cedar rivers. It has been continuously settled since 1875. The town was founded in 1890 by the Donald Gunn Ross & Sons lumber company, from Beaverton, Ontario. Donald Ross became the first postmaster on February 17, 1891. Romig cites the city clerk of Beaverton that it incorporated as a village in 1901. However, Powers gives the date as 1896. It incorporated as a city in 1903, with William Ross as the first mayor. Powers gives the first settler's name as Marvil Secord, originally from Brantford, Ontario, and who is also recognized as the first permanent settler in Gladwin County.

It was a station on the Toledo-Ludington line of the Pere Marquette Railroad.



Notable Varsity Athletic Achievements

Beaverton's mascot is quite obviously the beaver, and teams compete in the Jack Pine Conference. The varsity football team has made the state playoffs once in 2000, qualifying with a 6-3 record. Beaverton's varsity basketball program, coached since the early 1970s by Roy Johnston, have won 11 district titles, 4 regional titles, and 17 Jack Pine conference championships, most recently in 2007. Beaverton Varsity Baseball won consecutive district and regional titles in 2007 and 2008, after having not won any in years prior. Neither postseason runs culminated with a state title, with the Beavers losing to Hillsdale in the state final 8-6 in 2007, and losing in the state semifinals in 2008 to Grass Lake 4-1.

One of the proudest moments in Beaverton sports history took place at Chrysler Arena on the University of Michigan campus in March 1984. Beaverton played a great game in the semi-finals of the Class C State Basketball final four, but lost to Kalamazoo Christian. Instead of shuffling off as losers to the locker room, the team hoisted Coach Johnston to their shoulders and carried him to center court where he fulfilled his promise to his team. With great fanfare, a wildly cheering contingent of Beaverton fans, and the incredulous radio announcers asking "does Beaverton think they WON the game?" Coach Johnston knelt down and kissed the floor. He had always told his team that if they could get to Chrisler Arena he would kiss the floor. The Michigan Public Radio announcer calling the game commented that he had never seen such a display of sportsmanship. The boys may have lost that game, but they were winners. They had played in the final four, and they were proud of that achievement. Their community was proud of them too.

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