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The City of Corunna, Michigan is the county seat of Shiawassee County. Although surrounded by Caledonia Township, the city is administered autonomously.

Corunna is separated from Owosso by Middletown, a census-designated place that occupies the space between the two cities. Corunna is 3.3 miles east of the center of Owosso. The center of Vernon is 6.0 miles southeast of Corunna, while Bancroft is 9.4 miles south, Lennon is 11.8 miles east, Morrice is 12.0 miles south-southwest, Oakley is 13.6 miles north, New Lothrop is 16.9 miles northeast, and Laingsburg is 17.8 miles to the southwest.

The Shiawassee River flows through the center of the city. Although the river generally flows north, it enters Corunna in the east and flows west through the city, where it forms the northern boundary of the community of Middletown.

The chief routes to and through the city are M-21, which form most of its northern boundary, and M-71, which begins in downtown Owosso, running parallel to the river east into Corunna, then turns south through the downtown district on Shiawassee Street to McNeil Street, then turns east once again, then southeasterly out of the city. Other routes to the city include Cornell Road, Escott Road, Lyons Road, Lytle Road, Parmenter Road, and State Road.

The first land purchase in the area that was to become Corunna was by Jonathan Kearsley in 1832, although John Davids and his family were the first settlers when they came from New York in 1836. A post office was established on July 24, 1838, with Joel K. Ankrim as postmaster.

The village was platted by the Shiawassee County Seat Company in 1837, and Corunna was officially designated the county seat in 1840, incorporated as a village in 1858, and as a city in 1869. Andrew Mack, a member of the County Seat Company, named the village for Corunna, Spain, where he had traveled to purchase sheep. He is buried in Corunna, Ontario, Canada, which he was also instrumental in developing.

A dam was constructed along the Shiawassee River in the mid-1800s to provide water power for a grist mill, which burned in the 1950s. Currently, the dam is a favorite fishing spot, and there is a small city-owned park on the west bank of the river near the dam.

The focus of this guide is on the City of Corunna, Michigan. Online resources, such as websites, representing the city or any individuals, businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, and events within the city are appropriate here.


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