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The Hillsdale County village of Allen, Michigan is situated at the intersection of US 12 (Chicago Road) and M-49 (W Chicago Road, N Railroad Street) in the central-southern part of the Lower Peninsula.

Jonesville is 5.7 miles east on US 12, Litchfield is 6.6 miles north on M-49, Reading is 8.9 miles south on M-49, Hillsdale is 8.9 miles south on M-49, and Coldwater is 12.3 miles west on US 12.

Its total land area is only 0.16 square miles, making it the fourth-smallest village by land area in the state, and the fifth smallest overall. Its peak population was 594 in 1880, and its population at the time of the 2010 census was 191.

The village was named for Captain Moses Allen, a veteran of the War of 1812, who came to the region in 1827 and is believed to have first settled the heavily wooded area. A post office was established there on July 13, 1830, with Richard W. Corbus as its first postmaster, although the post office was called Sylvanus. On September 5, 1834, the post office was closed, but restored a year later.

In 1868, the village was platted and recorded, and the post office was renamed for its first settler, although the village was not incorporated until 1950. Allen was a station on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway.

In 1869, the Allen High School was built, at a cost of $11,000. It burned in 1913, and a resolution was drawn to build a new school building within three weeks. However, in 1945, under pressure from the state, the district voted to merge with Quincy Community Schools, and there are currently no public schools operating in Allen.

The focus of this category is on the village of Allen, Michigan. Websites representing the village or any business, industry, church, school, organization, or individual within the village are appropriate for this category, as are sites whose focus relates to the village itself.

 

 

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