Greilickville, Michigan

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Greilickville is an unincorporated community in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a census-designated place (CDP) used for statistical purposes and has no legal standing as a municipality. The population was 1,415 at the 2000 census.

The area is on Grand Traverse Bay just north of Traverse City and is a part of that city's urban area. The Traverse City Harbor is located in Greilickville. The CDP includes a larger area extending further inland than the settlement concentrated on the waterfront.

The area was first known as "Norristown", after Seth and Albert Norris who opened a gristmill there in about 1853. In the mid-1850s, Bohemian natives Godfrey Greilick and his sons built a small, water-powered sawmill. Greilick's original name was Gottlieb Greulich and he escaped in 1842 furtively his hometown Chrastava, because he owed there much money. The Greilick brothers built a steam-powered mill in a few years. Until its destruction by fire in about 1907, the mill was one of the most important on Grand Traverse Bay, cutting eight and one-half million feet of hardwood lumber in 1883. Other industries in the nineteenth century included a brickyard, brewery, and tannery. When the Manistee and Northeastern Railroad entered town in 1892, the station was called "Greilicks" and the surrounding community also took this name. In 1961, when Greilickville's population was about 900, a special election was held in sections 28 and 33 of Elmwood Township, including Greilickville, to deceide a proposal regarding making those areas a home-rule village called Elmwood. The proposal was defeated by a vote of 238 to 88.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²), of which, 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²) of it (34.59%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,415 people, 624 households, and 431 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 314.4 per square mile (121.4/km²). There were 677 housing units at an average density of 150.4/sq mi (58.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.95% White, 0.64% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

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