Shields, Michigan

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Shields is an unincorporated community in Thomas Township, Saginaw County in the U.S state of Michigan. It is also a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes, but with no legal status as an incorporated municipality. The population of the CDP was 6,590 at the 2000 census.

The community of Shields is located on M-46/Gratiot Road just west of the Tittabawasee River.[2] In the 2000 census, the CDP included an area bounded on the east by the Tittabawasee River, north to State Street, west to N. Miller Road, south to Geddes Road, west to N. Thomas Road, south to M-46/Gratiot Road, east to Swan Creek, south to the railroad crossing on Schomaker Road, east along the rail tracks to Stroebel Road, northwest to Ronald Drive and east to the Tittabawasee River. Most of the CDP is within Thomas Township with a small portion extending into northwest James Township.[3]

A post office operated in Shields from August 15, 1894 until Dec 15, 1902.[4]

The Shields brothers William and Arthur were born in 1826 and 1830 respectively in Ireland. Both immigrated to Michigan settling in Thomas Township in 1842. The bachelor brothers settled on 120 acres (0.49 km2) in section three. Eventually the southeastern part of the Township came to be known as the Shields area. William died in 1894 and Arthur in 1905. Both are buried in Owen cemetery.

Paines is a place within James Township and the CDP located on Dutch Road between River Roads and Stroebel Roads.[5][6] Paines was first settled in 1871 and named for A. B. Paine, a local brick manufacturer. It was a station at the junction of the Michigan Central and the Pere Marquette rail lines. A post office named "Painesville" was established on October 10, 1873, closed on May 29, 1876, and reopened on July 14, 1876. The office was renamed "Paines" on October 19, 1880 and continued until June 30, 1904.[7][8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.1 km²), of which, 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.06%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,590 people, 2,508 households, and 1,875 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,007.9 per square mile (389.1/km²). There were 2,587 housing units at an average density of 395.7/sq mi (152.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.74% White, 0.80% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.74% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.32% of the population.

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