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Situated in central Mason County, the Village of Custer, Michigan is surrounded by Custer Township and includes a portion of the Manistee National Forest.

The Black River flows just outside the village limits in the north, then cuts south through the southeastern part of the village, emptying into the Pere Marquette River just south of town.

The main routes through the village are US-10, which runs east-west through the northern part of Custer, intersecting with Custer Road (Main Street) in the north-central portion of the village. The center of Scottville is 3.3 miles west, and Fountain is 9.2 miles north.

Founded in 1876 as a station of the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad, the village was named for General George Armstrong Custer, who was killed that year at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The village was platted by Charles E. Roussegui in 1878. On December 23 of that year, a post office was established at Custer, with the station agent, L.T. Southworth, as the first postmaster.

Custer was incorporated as a village in 1895. Although Custer's main street was originally only one block long, the village soon included a general store, a saloon, a bakery, a blacksmith shop, a livery, a pickle station, a cheese-box factory, a clothespin factory, and the Briggs and Booth Lumber Company.

When lumber resources in the region died down, diminishing the importance of the railroad, a large portion of the village migrated to what is now its northern section, to be near US-10, which was completed through Custer in the 1950s. While some businesses, such as Sanders Meat Company, remained in the old section of the village, other businesses moved north, as did the post office.

Custer has never been a large village. Its population when it first appeared on a census in 1900 was 269, and its population in 2010 was 284. Its peak population was in 1960 when there were 365 residents of Custer.

This is a guide to online resources relating to the Village of Custer, Michigan. Websites representing the municipality or any individuals, businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, or events within the village are appropriate here, as are purely informational sites about the village.

 

 

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