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Boyne City, Michigan is at the southeast end of the east arm of Lake Charlevoix, at the point where the Boyne River flows into the lake.

Boyne City is in Charlevoix County, in the North Michigan region of the Lower Peninsula. Although it is administered independently, the city is mostly in Evangeline Township, and portions of its boundaries extend into Eveline, Wilson, Melrose, and Boyne Valley townships.

Nevertheless, Boyne City is not a large city. Its population peaked at 5,218 in 1910 and was 3,735 at the time of the 2010 census.

The chief route through the city is M-75. Other routes include Boyne City Road, Fall Park Road, and Lakeshore Road. US Highway 31 is a few miles east of the city. Advance is 3.5 miles west of Boyne City, Boyne Falls is 6.1 miles southeast, Bay is 6.6 miles north, East Jordan is 12.7 miles southwest, Petoskey is 15.4 miles north, Ellsworth is 16.5 miles west-southwest, and Charlevoix is 18.1 miles northwest. Young State Park is a 563-acre park on the northeastern shore of Lake Charlevoix, adjacent to northwestern Boyne City.

The first European-American settlers in the area that was to become Boyne City were John and Harriet Miller, who came from New York in 1856. They settled in a cabin that had been abandoned by the Mormons. They named the Boyne River for a famous river in Ireland.

The next to come was the John Dixon family. As more people settled nearby, a post office was established on September 20, 1869, and named Boyne, with John Miller as postmaster. A.J. Hall opened an inn, known as the Pine Lake House, in 1879, to serve a lumber industry that was quickly developing. From the mid-1880s to the 1920s, the community's population grew rapidly, largely due to lumbering and lumber mill operations.

Boyne was incorporated as a village in 1885, its name was changed to Boyne City in 1904, and it was incorporated as a city in 1907. The Boyne City & Southeastern Railroad established freight services to Boyne City in 1893, connecting Grand Rapids and Indiana to Great Lakes shipping from Boyne City's harbor.

However, the city's lumber boom was over by the 1920s, and its lumber mill closed, which brought a decline in railroad operations, although the railroad began transporting passengers, continuing to operate until 1978.

Although the lumber mill had been the mainstay of the city's economy, a number of other businesses were established to support the community, and many of these businesses remained after the lumber era was over.

Although Boyne City lost approximately half its population between 1910 and 1930, its population has increased each decade since, with the exception of a slight drop between 1950 and 1960.

Today, tourism has become an important industry, particularly during the summer months as several people have established summer homes along the lake, and other visitors stay at lakeside cabins. Although not a large city, or one that is growing rapidly, Boyne City is a thriving community. Average incomes are good, and the city hosts six public parks, a municipal beach, and a boardwalk on the Boyne River. Its restaurants, snack shops, gift shops, and other retail businesses are doing well, and the surrounding region offers opportunities for boating, fishing, hunting, skiing, and golf.

The focus of this guide is on Boyne City, Michigan. Appropriate resources include websites representing the city or any of its municipal services or programs, as well as local industries, businesses, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, and events.


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