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Freeland, Michigan is an unincorporated community that sits diagonally in the center of Tittabawassee Township, in north Saginaw County.

As a census-designated place, Freeland has defined boundaries for statistical purposes. The community is divided by the Tittabawassee River. M-47 (Midland Road) parallels the river on the east side, while North River Road is on the west. West Freeland Road intersects M-47 and North River Road, crossing the river.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Freeland include Auburn, Midland, Zilwaukee, Saginaw, Bay City, Merrill, and St. Charles, while Laporte, Dice, Fisherville, Lawndale, Frost, Poseyville, Kochville, and Shields are unincorporated communities within ten miles.

Before the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw, in which the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Pottawatomi were forced to cede a large portion of land, including Saginaw County, to the US government, the place was inhabited by various Native American tribes. One such village, Black Bird's Village, consisted of 6,000 acres along the river, including portions of what is now Freeland.

In the 1850s, lumber operations resulted in settlements by European-Americans in the region. One of them was known as Loretta, and it was near the geographical center of Tittawabassee Township. Another, just north of there, was known as Tittawabassee. When a post office was established in Loretta on April 23, 1856, it was named Jay, for Jefferson Jaqruth, the first postmaster. The following year, George Truesdale was instrumental in having the post office moved to Tittawabassee, and it retained the name Jay for a time.

A tavern in Tittawabassee, operated by Mammy Freeland, was frequented by lumbermen and rivermen, who began referring to the settlement itself as Freeland. On January 16, 1879, the post office changed its name from Jay to Freeland. In the early 1900s, Freeland became a station on the Pere Marquette Railroad. Although platted, Freeland was never incorporated as a village.

Today, the Freeland post office serves nearly all of the township, as well as parts of Frankenlust, Ingersoll, Kochville, Midland, Richland, Thomas, and Williams townships. MBS International Airport, which abuts the CDP, serves Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw, and Freeland is also the location of the Saginaw Regional Correctional Facility, a Level I, II, and IV maximum-security prison.

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