Mount Pleasant, Michigan

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Mount Pleasant is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Isabella County.[3] As of the 2000 census, the city population was 25,946. The 2008 census estimate places the population at 26,675.[4]

Part of the city (with a population of 8,741) is on the Isabella Indian Reservation, site of the Soaring Eagle Casino. The city is also home to the main campus of Central Michigan University. Former Michigan governor John Engler was born in Mount Pleasant, as was former PGA Tour professional golfer Dan Pohl.

In December 2008 the unemployment rate in Mount Pleasant was 7.1%.[5]

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History

White settlers first arrived in what is now Mount Pleasant after the Graduation Act of 1854, allowing white settlers to purchase land from the government at discount rates. The Treaty of 1855 relocated the Native American Ojibwa (Saginaw Chippewa Tribe) from Saginaw, Swan Creek, and Black River to land in Isabella County (Isabella Indian Reservation).[6] Many non-natives soon moved to Mount Pleasant predicting prosperous relations with the natives. The Homestead Act of 1862 brought many new settlers to Mount Pleasant to live on the free land that the government allowed them.

The fire of 1875 started at the Fancher Building on the north corner of Broadway and Main, it moved east down Broadway and destroyed several buildings. Seven years later another fire damaged buildings on the south side of Broadway.

In 1879 the people of Mount Pleasant got their first library, The Library, Literary, and Musical Association of Mount Pleasant. Starting with the personal book collections of the board members.[6] In 1890 W.A. Jordan started Mount Pleasant Business College, expanding in 1892 the school changed its name to Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute, now Central Michigan University.

On January 3, 1893, the U.S. government opened an Indian boarding school in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It was called the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial School. It operated for 40 years closing in 1933. 76 years later, on July 17, 2009, The White Bison Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness made its stop to the Mount Pleasant community to recognize this part of Mount Pleasant's history.

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