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The village of Carleton, Michigan is in Ash Township, Monroe County, in the southeastern Lower Peninsula.

Maxwell Road forms the western boundary of the village, while Grafton Road forms its eastern boundary, Scofield-Carleton Road forms its southern boundary, and Carleton-Rockwood Road runs east from Grafton Road in the northeastern part of the city, intersecting I-275. Flat Rock is 6.6 miles northeast, South Rockwood is 7.1 miles east, with Rockwood another mile further. Maybee is 10.3 miles southwest, Romulus is 12.6 miles north, and Monroe is 15.6 miles south of Carleton.

Carleton occupies a significant railroad crossing and junction. The CSX Saginaw Subdivision crosses the CN Flat Rock Subdivision in the village's downtown area, while the Conrail Lincoln Secondary junctions with the CSX Saginaw Subdivision near Carleton's northern border.

Small, and largely agricultural, the village's proximity to Monroe and the larger Detroit Metro region makes it an ideal commuter town, as well.

The village was laid out in 1872 by Daniel A. Matthews, who also helped to select the site for the state capital at Lansing, and Charles A. Kent. The land upon which the village was built was owned by Matthews, who owned an inn known as the Matthews House. The village was originally laid out on eighty acres of land owned by Matthews, to which William Hickok later added eighty more.

A post office was established at the Matthews House on February 24, 1874, with Mr. Matthews as postmaster. That same year, the Pere Marquette Railroad opened a station there, and Carleton was incorporated as a village in 1911, named for Will Carleton, a popular Michigan poet.

The focus of this guide is on the village of Carleton, Michigan. Appropriate topics include online resources representing the village itself, as well as any businesses, industries, schools, churches, attractions, and events located in the village.

 

 

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