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Harrietta, Michigan is a small community in Wexford County. With a population under one hundred and fifty at the time of the 2010 census, it is the least populous incorporated village in the North Michigan section of the Lower Peninsula.

After a peak population of 419 in 1900, the village experienced three decades of sharp decreases, followed by a rebound of nearly forty percent in 1940, and then a decrease of more than forty-six percent in 1950. From 1950 to 2010, the village's population increased slightly for five decades, and then there was a decrease of more than fifteen percent in 2010, with a population of 143.

Although the village includes historic storefronts and other buildings, it has no open commercial businesses other than Lost Pines Lodge, which is on South 15 1/2 Road, which forms the village's western boundary. Other than that, and a couple of churches, Harrietta is wholly residential. Within the Harrietta postal area, but outside of the village limits, is a blueberry farm west of the village, and a trout farm, which also offers pond and water management services, east of Harrietta. Near the trout farm is a bar and grill, and another restaurant. Since they are within the Harrietta postal area and not within the boundaries of any other city, village, or named community, they may be listed here.

Harrietta spans Slagle Township and Boon Township. The chief routes to and from the village are West 30 Mile Road, South 13 Mile Road, and West 30 1/4 Mile Road. West 28 1/2 Road forms the northern boundaries of the village, and South 11 1/2 Road forms its western boundary. Slagle Creek winds through the southern part of the village.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Harrietta include Mesick, Cadillac, Kaleva, and Buckley, and there are three unincorporated communities within ten miles of the village: Yuma, Boon, and Hoxeyville.

Before Harrietta was founded, a post office was opened in the home of Andrew J. Green a couple of miles north. Opened on July 17, 1874, the office was known as Springdale. When the Toledo, Ann Arbor, and Northern Railroad came through south of Springdale in 1889, the post office moved to the current townsite but retained the name Springdale.

The railroad was built by James M. Ashley, Sr., along with his sons, James Jr. and Henry W. Ashley, whose nickname was Harry. The railroad station was Harriette, which was formed by combining Harry's name with that of his fiance, Henriette Burt.

In 1890, P.D. Gaston and W.W. Campbell platted the Gaston and Campbell additions to the town and, in 1891, it was incorporated as the village of Gaston. Railroad officials threatened to close its station unless the village took the name of the station, and the village was renamed Harriette on May 18, 1892, with the spelling changed to Harrietta on May 7, 1923.

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