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Brown City, Michigan is situated mostly in southwestern Sanilac County, although a small portion of the city extends into northeastern Lapeer County. The city is in the Thumb region of the Lower Peninsula.

The chief route through the city is M-90, which is also known as Burnside Road, and forms Main Street within the city limits. M-90 runs east-west through the center of the city. Other routes include Cade Road, which forms a portion of the city's western boundaries, and Maple Valley Road, which forms part of its easter boundary. The city of Marlette is 12.5 miles northwest of the city, while Yale is 15.3 miles to the southeast. The village of Melvin is 8.3 miles east, North Branch is 11.9 miles west, and Peck is 11.9 miles northeast of Brown City.

Originally known as Errol, Brown City was formed in 1879 as a railroad station on the Port Huron and Northwestern Railway, which later became part of the Pere Marquette Railroad. Robert G. Brown and John M. Brown are credited as the founders of Brown City, as the village was platted on a portion of John M. Brown's farm, and he became the first postmaster for the community on January 27, 1880. With the advantage of the railroad, the community became a regional shipping point for lumber and grain products.

On May 17, 1881, Errol was renamed Brown City, and it was incorporated as a village in 1887, and a city in 1907.

The Marquette Flyer provided early rail passenger and mail service between Detroit and Ludington. The Pere Marquette came under the control of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in the 1920s and was merged with it in 1947. In 1998, the Huron and Eastern Railway purchased CSX's Port Huron Subdivision from Saginaw to Brown City. Today, the line southeast of Brown City is still in place to the Avoca grain elevator but is out of service.

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