East Jordan, Michigan

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East Jordan is a city in Charlevoix County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,507 at the 2000 census.

The city is at the end of the south arm of Lake Charlevoix, at the mouth of the Jordan River. M-66 connects with US 31 at Charlevoix about 12 miles to the northwest and with US 131 at Mancelona 18 miles to the south. M-32 has its western terminus in the city and connects with US 131 about 16 miles to the east and with I-75 at Gaylord about 29 miles to the east.



East Jordan was founded sometime in the 1870's when a logging mill was built along the Jordan River near the town. The town grew quickly, and by 1890, it boasted a large Iron Works ( the East Jordan Iron Works still operates today), a feed mill, and a population of nearly 1000. By the turn of the century, the city was being serviced by two railroads. With these two railroad connections, East Jordan quickly grew into a major manufacturing center. Even to this day, 4 large industrial corporations still operate within the town.

In 1899, the Detroit and Charlevoix Railroad built their mainline through the East side of the city, and in 1901 the East Jordan and Southern Railway began operations on the western end of the town. With these two railroad connections, East Jordan quickly grew into a major manufacturing center. In 1932, the Detroit and Charlevoix was abandoned, and the East Jordan and Southern followed suit in 1962.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 mi² (10.3 km²). 3.1 mi² (7.9 km²) of it is land and 0.9 mi² (2.3 km²) of it (22.73%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,507 people, 946 households, and 658 families residing in the city. The population density was 818.7 per square mile (316.3/km²). There were 1,083 housing units at an average density of 353.7/sq mi (136.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.38% White, 0.40% African American, 1.76% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.76% from other races, and 2.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

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