Rockland Township, Michigan

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Rockland Township is a civil township of Ontonagon County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 324 at the 2000 census.



  • Rockland is an unincorporated community in the township at 46°44′17″N 89°10′47″W / 46.73806°N 89.17972°W / 46.73806; -89.17972.[3] The Rockland Mine opened in 1847 and a post office named Rockland opened in January 1853 and closed in September 1860. A post office also opened at Minnesota Mine in May 1857, which was renamed to National in March 1861. In December 1863, the National post office was changed to Rockford. A settlement named Rosendale was laid out by the Minnesota Mining Company in 1858. Another settlement named Williamsburg was platted by William Sheppard and William Davey. A third settlement named Webster was platted by James Cooper. The three adjacent plats were consolidated into Rockland in 1864.[4][5] The Rockland ZIP code 49960 provides P.O. Box only service for a small area in the township surrounding the community.[6]
  • Victoria was a settlement in the township housing workers at the Victoria Mine at 46°41′57″N 89°13′47″W / 46.69917°N 89.22972°W / 46.69917; -89.22972.[7] A post office was established September 1899. The village was abandoned after the mine closed in 1921, although the post office operated until December 1935.[8] Like some other mines in the area, Victoria Mine was financed by British interests and was named for Queen Victoria.[4]
  • Bruce Crossing is to the south, and the Bruce Crossing ZIP code 49912 serves an area in the southeast part of the township.[9]
  • Ewen is to the southwest, and the Ewen ZIP code serves much of the southwest part of the township.[10]
  • Mass City is to the northeast, and the Mass City ZIP code 49948 serves an area in the northeast part of the township.[11]
  • Ontonagon is a village to the north, and the Ontonagon ZIP code 49953 serves an area in the northwest part of the township.[12]

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