Cannon Township, Michigan

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Cannon Township is a civil township of Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 12,075.



  • Cannonsburg is an unincorporated community in the township.
  • Chauncey (also known as Buena Vista and Imperial Mills) is an unincorporated, mostly historical settlement on the boundary between Cannon Township and Plainfield Township where Bear Creek enters the Grand River.


The area that would become Cannon Township was originally attached to neighboring Plainfield. In 1837 Andrew Watson brought his family to Cannon and built the first farm in the township. Over the next decade many other pioneers arrived and settled. In 1845 the township was split from Plainfield and took its present name.

The township took its name from the small settlement of Cannonsburgh, which had been founded in 1842 at the direction of LeGrand Cannon, described as an eastern capitalist. The hamlet had 2 mills and a store by 1845, and the town was platted to encourage residential growth. Mr. Cannon was proud of his little town, and provided a fitting gift in appreciation: a small cannon inscribed with his name and date. The cannon was used by the townspeople to commemorate holidays, such as the 4th of July, until someone was hurt firing the ordnance. The cannon was then buried to prevent further injuries, but was later discovered and refitted for firing. Unfortunately, another person was subsequently injured while firing the cannon, and again it was buried, and has not been found again to this day.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 37.1 square miles (96.1 km²), of which, 35.9 square miles (93.0 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it (3.29%) is water.

Zip Codes

  • Rockford-49341
  • Belmont- 49306
  • Ada 49301
  • Cannonsburg 49317

School Districts

  • Rockford Public Schools
  • Lowell Area Schools
  • Forest Hills Public Schools


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,075 people, 3,913 households, and 3,341 families residing in the township. The population density was 336.5 per square mile (129.9/km²). There were 4,174 housing units at an average density of 116.3/sq mi (44.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.67% White, 0.47% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

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