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Hawks, Michigan is a small, unincorporated community in eastern Bismarck Township, extending east into Belknap Township, in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.

As an unincorporated community, there are no rigidly defined boundaries to Hawks, although it can be clearly seen in Presque Isle County, at the point where County Road 451, County Road 638, Hawks Highway, and Claus Road come together. The community of Metz is about five miles to the east-southeast. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Hawks include Millersburg, Rogers City, Posen, Hillman, and Onaway.

Like many Michigan towns, Hawks was established when the railroad came through to support the lumber industry. The Detroit & Mackinac Railroad took over the Alpena & Northern Railroad just north of the current townsite and established a station at Hawks in 1895, which was also known as LaRoque. The original A&N line turned southwest from Hawks to Valentine Lake. By the turn of the century, the pine forests were depleted in the area and the line from Valentine Lake was removed, leaving the main tracks to Cheboygan.

A post office was established in Hawks on August 26, 1896, and named for James Dudley Hawks, who was then the president of the D&M Railroad. Today, the Hawks post office serves much of southern Bismarck Township, as well as southern Belknap Township, parts of western Pulawski Township east of Belknap, the western part of Metz Township, and a small portion of southeastern Case Township.

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