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Athens, Michigan is an incorporated village in southern Athens Township, in southwestern Calhoun County, in the south-central Lower Peninsula.

Athens is served primarily by M-66 (Capital Avenue), which runs north-south through the center of the village. Nottawa Creek flows through the northern part of the village. The village of Sherwood is 6.3 miles south, Union City is 8.0 miles east, and the city of Battle Creek is 16.5 miles north.

Isaac Crossett settled the area with six others in 1831, becoming the first settlers. A post office was established on February 15, 1837, with Ephraim Turner as the first postmaster. The post office was closed on October 11, 1859, but restored on April 3, 1860.

William Simons opened the first store in Athens in 1854. The town was platted in 1860 by A.C. Waterman, and it was incorporated as a village in 1895, and named for Athens, New York, where many of its early residents came from.

Today, Athens public school students attend Athens Area Schools, a mostly rural K-12 school district. Although its administrative offices are in nearby East Leroy, its Junior/Senior High School is in Athens.

The focus of this category is on the village of Athens, Michigan. Appropriate topics include the village itself, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, and individuals.

 

 

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