Rudyard Township, Michigan

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Rudyard Township is a civil township of Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 1,315.



Rudyard is an unincorporated community within the township located on M-48, near I-75. The community was originally named "Pine River", however, because there was already another town in Michigan with that name, it was changed in 1890 to Rudyard. The name was suggested by Fred Underwood, an executive with the Soo Line Railroad because of his great admiration for Rudyard Kipling. The ZIP code is 49780.

Rudyard Kipling wrote back to Mr. Underwood, in reference to the naming of the towns of Rudyard and Kipling, Michigan, with the following written on the back of a photograph:


"Wise is the child who knows his sire"
The ancient proverb ran
But wiser far the man who knows
How, where and when his offspring grows
For who the mischief would suppose
I've sons in Michigan?

Yet am I saved from midnight ills
That warp the soul of man
They do not make me walk the floor
Nor hammer on the doctor's door
They deal in wheat and iron-ore
My sons in Michigan

Oh! Tourist in the Pullman car
(By Cook's or Raymond's plan)
Forgive a parent's partial view
But may be you have children too
So let me introduce to you
My sons in Michigan

(Text of Kipling poem from the Michigan Library Bulletin, V.15 No.1, Jan-Feb, \1924, University of Michigan Libraries.) Content provided by I added the poem as it has meaning regarding the history of the town of Rudyard.


Their Mascot is the Bulldog and their school colors are Orange and Black. They are currently part of the Straits Area Conference. While Rudyard is a Class C school, the baseball and softball teams were recently moved to Class D. The Varsity Boys Baseball team recently (2007) made it to the MHSAA Semi-Finals but lost to 6-3 to Reading High School.

Rudyard Area Schools is a Class C school system, including the areas of nearby Trout Lake, Kincheloe, and some of Dafter.

In 2009, the Varsity Boys Basketball team won districts (St. Ignace and Manistique) and regionals (Houghton and Gwinn), but lost in the quarterfinal game held at LSSU to Suttons Bay.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 90.1 square miles (233.3 km²), of which, 89.9 square miles (232.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.18%) is water.


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