Shelby Charter Township, Michigan

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The Charter Township of Shelby, usually referred to as Shelby Township, is a charter township of Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township had a total population of 65,159. The 2008 census estimate places the population at 71,404.[3]



Shelby Township was set off by an act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on April 12, 1827 and a civil government was organized the following May. It originally included the area that is now Sterling Heights, which was set off March 17, 1835, as the township of Jefferson, renamed to Sterling on March 6, 1838. Utica, located on the southern edge of the township, originally incorporated as a village on March 9, 1838, although that corporation was dissolved soon afterwards. The village incorporated a second time on May 10, 1877.[4][5]

The hamlet of Disco was platted in 1849, located at what is now the junction of 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Road (aka Earl Memorial Highway). The community never incorporated, although the local high school, the "Disco Academy" gained some recognition and a post office named Disco operated from 1854 until 1906.[6]

Preston Corners was a settlement located at the corner of 25 Mile Road and Schoeherr Road at 42°41′58″N 82°59′45″W / 42.69944°N 82.99583°W / 42.69944; -82.99583 (Preston Corners).[7] Ira and Deborah Preston bought 400 acres (1.6 km2) of land from the United States government in 1826 and settled on it the following year, later building a sawmill and a picket fence factory.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.2 square miles (91.2 km²), of which, 34.7 square miles (89.8 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (1.53%) is water.

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