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Situated in the Manistee National Forest, Brethren is an unincorporated community in Dickson Township, Manistee County, in the northwestern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

The settlement began as a German Baptist Brethren colony under the leadership of Samuel S. Thorpe in 1900. The Pere Marquette Railway established a station in Brethren the following year, and a post office was established in Brethren on August 5, 1901, with Thorpe as the first postmaster. The post office remains in service.

Brethren is a small community of about four hundred people, which was only recently designated as a census-designated place. At the time of the 2010 census, its population was 410. Situated in a national forest, its economy is largely service-based, with an emphasis on outdoor recreation. Botwell Creek is north of the village, forming a portion of its northern boundary, and Bear Creek is just west of Brethren. Center Lake, Lake Eleanor, and a couple of other smaller bodies of water. The Manistee River, and the Tippy Dam, are just south of Brethren.

The chief routes through the community are Highbridge Road and Coates Highway. Other routes include Graf Road, Hindman Road, Skidmore Road, and Swihart Road. The most populated area of the community is along Coates Highway, east of Highbridge Highway. Kaleva is 5.6 miles north, Brown is 7.3 miles west, Norman is 9.0 miles south, and Slagle is 14.8 miles east, while the City of Manistee is about eighteen miles west-southwest of Brethren.

The focus of this guide is on the community of Brethren, Michigan. Websites representing businesses, industries, guest accommodations, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, and events within the community are appropriate resources for this category.

 

 

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