Newberry, Michigan

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Newberry is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Luce County.[3] Located within McMillan Township at its very southern end, it shares some administrative responsibilities with the surrounding township. The population was 2,686 at the 2000 census.

The village was named in honor of John Stoughton Newberry, a U.S. Representative and industrialist from the state of Michigan.

Newberry is surrounded by miles of state and national forests and is considered one of two gateways to the Tahquamenon Falls area. (The other is Paradise, approximately 40 miles to the northeast.) Newberry was designated as the moose capital of Michigan by the state legislature, in House Resolution 2002-572 and Senate Resolution 2002-259. It is home to the Newberry Correctional Facility, operating since 1996.

In August 2007, the Sleeper Lakes Fire burned for several weeks north of Newberry, and firefighting efforts were coordinated from this village.

The Newberry High School football team competes each year for the Little Brown Jug of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a rivalry game with Sault Sainte Marie dating back to 1913.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), all land.



Historic preservationists lost the 1970s fight to save the county’s elaborate courthouse, but managed to keep the elaborate sheriff’s house, now the Luce County Historical Museum.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,686 people, 717 households, and 456 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,737.1 per square mile (1,058.2/km²). There were 824 housing units at an average density of 839.7/sq mi (324.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 69.92% White, 19.29% African American, 4.95% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.01% from other races, and 4.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.69% of the population.

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