Harrisville Township, Michigan

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Harrisville Township is a civil township of Alcona County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,411 at the 2000 census.

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Communities

  • The City of Harrisville, at the junction of US 23 and M-72, is surrounded by the township, but is administratively autonomous.
  • The Village of Lincoln is at the northwest corner of the township, and although the village corporation boundaries do not extend into the township, some development around the village does.
  • Springport is a small, mostly historic, unincorporated community located on US 23 Lake Huron at the southern end of Harrisville State Park, approximately two miles from downtown Harrisville at 44°38′07″N 83°18′20″W / 44.63528°N 83.30556°W / 44.63528; -83.30556.[3] It was first settled by the family of S.M. Holden, a native of New York. He is credited with being the first permanent white settler in Alcona County. In September 1846, while fishing, his ship and two-man crew was driven ashore. Near that place, Holden found a tract with good springs and pine trees. He soon moved his family there and established a prosperous fishing enterprise. Joseph Van Buskirk built a store and sawmill in about 1865. The settlement was at first called "Sunflower Hill" and also as "South Harrisville". It was renamed for the springs gushing from the cliffs there.[4][5][6]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 30.3 square miles (78.4 km²), of which, 30.2 square miles (78.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.13%) is water. Harrisville State Park is just south of Harrisville on Lake Huron.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,411 people, 555 households, and 405 families residing in the township. The population density was 46.7 per square mile (18.0/km²). There were 790 housing units at an average density of 26.1/sq mi (10.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.72% White, 0.35% Native American, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

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