Sodus Township, Michigan

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Sodus Township is a civil township of Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,139 at the 2000 census. There are no incorporated municipalities in the township. The unincorporated community of Sodus[3] in the northwest of the township is its main settlement; the portion of the township just to the west is part of the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph urban area.[4]



The area was first settled about 1836, when James B. Larue began building a sawmill on Pipestone Creek. In 1853, Joab Enos built a flour mill, also on Pipestone Creek.[5]

The township was organized on October 11, 1859.[6]

Sodus has had retail establishments in the past, though it has none now.[7]


The St. Joseph River forms most of the western boundary of the township, with Royalton Township on the other side of the river. The township shares a short western border with the community of Fair Plain in St. Joseph Charter Township north of the St. Joseph river. Benton Charter Township lies to the north, Bainbridge Township to the northeast, Pipestone Township to the east, Berrien Charter Township to the southeast, and Oronoko Charter Township to the southwest. A new segment of U.S. Highway 31 was completed in August 2003 that re-routed the highway through the township. Interstate 94 crosses the northwest corner of the township with two interchanges located nearby.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 20.1 square miles (52.0 km²), of which, 19.5 square miles (50.6 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (2.69%) is water.


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