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Henderson, Michigan is an unincorporated community in eastern Rush Township, Shiawassee County.

Henderson was listed as a census-designated place (CDP) in the 2010 census, which defined a border area for the purpose of the census. The more populated area of the CDP is concentrated along West Henderson Road, between North Bingham Road in the west, and M-52 and the New Haven Township border in the east. A northern section of the CDP extends west as far as North Smith Road, along West Allan Road, and south to a small waterway, and the CDP extends south along the Shiawassee River to the Owosso Country Club.

Winding north through the community, the Shiawassee River is a 110-mile river that begins at Shiawassee Lake in Springfield Township, Oakland County, and flows generally north to its confluence with the Tittabawassee River, creating the Saginaw River. It is home to more than sixty species of fish and fourteen species of freshwater mussels.

The chief routes through the community are Henderson Road and M-52, which form its eastern border. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Henderson include Oakley, Owosso, Chesaning, Corunna, Elsie, New Lothrop, Ovid, Vernon, St. Charles, Durand, Bancroft, and Lennon, while the unincorporated communities of Five Points North, Wolf Crossing, Smith Crossing, New Haven, Hoovers Corners, Easton, Brady Center, Carland, Five Points, Middletown, and Olney Corners are within ten miles of Henderson.

Just north of Henderson Road, and bordered by the river to the west and north, Henderson Park is a 28-acre county park with a bicycle and hiking trail, swimming and fishing areas, a playground, ball diamond, picnic area, a pavilion, shelters, and restroom facilities.

The first land purchase in the area that was to become Henderson was made by Gideon Lee, a New York City resident who purchased land there in 1836, although he never resided on the land. He sold his land to Josiah Isham, who sold it to Andrew Henderson, an Ohio resident. The village was named for Andrew's son, John Henderson, who built the first store there in 1868, and the first hotel in 1875.

Although the community was first known as Hendersonville, when a post office was established on May 14, 1868, it was named Hazel Green, with William Cook as postmaster. When the Jackson, Lansing & Saginaw Railroad (Michigan Central) established a station there on its line from Jackson to Bay City, the station was known as Henderson Station, and the post office was renamed Henderson on October 16, 1876. The village was platted by Ezra Mason for Andrew Henderson in 1879, but it was never incorporated.

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



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