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Frederic, Michigan is an unincorporated community in central-eastern Frederic Township, in the northwest segment of Crawford County, in the North Michigan portion of the Lower Peninsula.

As an unincorporated community, Frederic does not have defined borders, but it is centered on the intersection of West County Road 612 and Old 27 North. The Au Sable River and May Lake are in the western part of the community.

Grayling and Gaylord are the only incorporated municipalities within twenty miles of Frederic, although nearby unincorporated communities include Deward, Waters, Bear Lake, Arbulus Beach, and Otsego Lake. Hartwick Pines State Park and the Huron portion of the Huron-Manistee National Forest are nearby.

Frederic is a small town with no large stores and very little traffic. The Old 27 Corridor is popular with bicyclists and, in the winter, snowmobilers in North Michigan are likely to find themselves in Frederic, as most area snowmobile trails lead to Frederic. The town welcomes their business, and it's few businesses cater to snowmobilers in the winter.

The village was founded around 1874 as a stop along the Mackinaw Division of the Michigan Central Railroad. Originally, it was called Forest, as it was then a part of Maple Forest Township. On December 17, 1877, a post office was established under the name of Fredericville, in honor of Frederic Barker, a pioneer settler. William Putnam was the first postmaster. On August 4, 1886, the name of the post office was shortened to Frederic.

The focus of this guide is on the community known as Frederic, Michigan. Businesses, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, and events within the community are appropriate for this category.



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