Mentor Township, Oscoda County, Michigan

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Mentor Township is a civil township of Oscoda County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,220 at the 2000 census.



  • McKinley is an unincorporated community in the northeast part of the township on the Au Sable River at 44°38′49″N 83°56′14″W / 44.64694°N 83.93722°W / 44.64694; -83.93722[3]. The settlement formed around the J. E. Potts Salt & Lumber Company and was given a post office named "Potts" in June 1836. In 1891, the assets of the defunct Potts company was bought by H. M. Loud & Sons Lumber Company and developed the community into a thriving lumber town. The Potts post office was renamed "McKinley" in January 1892. Soon after 1900, the railroad repair shops burned and were not rebuilt. The post office was closed in September 1913[4].
  • Mio is an unincorporated community in the northwest part of the township along the boundary between Mentor and Big Creek Township.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 142.8 square miles (369.8 km²), of which, 142.1 square miles (368.0 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (0.49%) is water. The civil township comprises four survey townships: Townships 25 and 26 North in Ranges 3 and 4 East.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,220 people, 553 households, and 374 families residing in the township. The population density was 8.6 per square mile (3.3/km²). There were 1,357 housing units at an average density of 9.6/sq mi (3.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.23% White, 0.08% African American, 1.56% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.89% of the population.

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