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The City of Evart, Michigan spans north Evart Township and south Osceola Township in the southwest portion of Osceola County. The Muskegon River forms a portion of its southern boundary and most of its eastern boundary. Twin Creek flows south through the city, emptying into the Muskegon River in the southeast.

Running largely east to west through the city, US Highway 10 is the chief route to and from Evart. Other routes include 7 Mile Road, which forms the city's northern border, as well as 6 Mile Road, 5 Mile Road, and River Road. After intersecting US-10 downtown, Main Street continues south, crossing the river, where it branches off into 85th Avenue and River Road. Nearby cities and villages include Hersey (11.3 miles), Reed City (13.0 miles), Barryton (15.8 miles), Marion (19.8 miles), Farwell (21.8 miles), Mecosta (21.8 miles), Leroy (23.0 miles).

The Pere Marquette State Trail passes through the lower part of the city. Developed largely on a former railroad bed, the multi-use trail runs fifty-five miles through Clare, Lake, and Osceola counties, between the village of Baldwin and the city of Clare.

More than fifty percent of the land area in Evart, is designated for public uses, including the airport and surrounding vacant land, parks, schools, churches, government buildings, and wastewater treatment and storage facilities. Residential land makes up nearly thirty percent of its area, including single-family homes, duplexes, and mobile homes. Less than ten percent of its land is commercial or industrial, with retail spaces located along US-10, while industrial spaces are clustered around US-10 and the Muskegon River. Less than ten percent of properties in Evart are vacant, most of it in residential areas in the northern part of the city.

When the area was first settled by Delos A. Blodgett and James Stimson came to the region in 1850, they came by canoe up the Muskegon River as far as Doc and Tom Creek. They cut some hay for the following winter, then walked back to Muskegon. They later returned with oxen, camping equipment, and supplies, as well as some hired help, although there were no roads or significant trails. They set up a lumbering camp and cut wood throughout the winter. In the spring, they drove logs down the river.

Delos Blodgett and James Kennedy selected the village site, and Mr. Kennedy built a sawmill, the first in Evart Township. A second was built by Charles Lambs, and a third by Barlow Davis. The American Civil War delayed further development of the community.

After serving the Union during the War, Perry Oliver Everts acquired eighty acres of land in the area and made his home there. Another Civil War veteran, Joseph B. Smith, had settled in the area before Everts. Originally, Blodgett and Kenney were in favor of naming the settlement for the first veteran in the area, but Smith suggested that "Smith" was too common a name for a town, so it was decided to name it for the second resident veteran. Due to a clerical misspelling, the town was registered as Evart, and it stuck. In mid-September, 1871, the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad came through town. Evart was officially platted in 1871 by Delos Blodgett, by then a lumber baron who owned a sawmill, a grist mill, and several farm buildings, and it was incorporated as a village in 1872.

As long as the lumber held out, Evart was a significant point for sorting timber that was floated down the river. As the town attracted lumbermen from all over the region, local bars and retail stores soon flourished. Evart became a city in 1938.

Over the years, Evart's population has experienced several ups and downs, but the fluctuations were generally small, as the village, now a city, has maintained a population between one thousand and two thousand since it first appeared on a census record in 1880. Its peak population was 1,945 in 1980, and its lowest point was 1,269 in 1890.

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