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Situated along Highland Road in northwest Highland Township, in west Oakland County, Michigan, the unincorporated communities of Highland, West Highland, East Highland, Clyde, and Seven Harbors are the focus of this guide.

Highland Township is a western suburb of the Metro Detroit Region, although, at the outer edges.

In the lower part of this region, West Highland borders on Hartland Township to the west, and a portion of it extends south of Highland Road (M-59) along South Hickory Ridge Road.

Further east along Highland Road, as well as East Livingston Road, the larger community of Highland borders and includes a portion of the Highland Recreation Area, extending south along South Milford Road to the village limits of Milford, and including the west shores of Lower Pettibone Lake and the upper portion of Moore Lake.

Among the first European-American settlers in Highland were Zenas Phelps and George Lee, who came around 1835, and a post office was established on March 16, 1835, with Jonathan F. Stratton as postmaster. Shortly after the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad was completed in 1871, the village was platted by Germain St. John and Almon Ruggles, although it was never incorporated. On December 23, 1873, the Spring Mills post office was moved here and renamed Highland Station. The name of the post office was shortened to Highland on March 26, 1903, and renamed West Highland on February 2, 1906, but it closed on October 13 of that year.

Still further east along Highland Road, and including a northern portion of the Highland Recreation Area, is East Highland, which borders the southern shores of White Lake. East Highland is centered on Highland Road and Duck Lake Road, and includes a part of the lake community north of Highland Road.

Clyde is directly north of Highland, centered on North Milford Road and Clyde Road. Included in what might be considered Clyde would be the neighborhoods around Tomahawk Lake, Peninsula Lake, and some smaller bodies of water. The community of Clyde was first settled by Morris Wheeler, although John Wendell built the first house there in 1836. The Pere Marquette Railroad opened a station in Clyde, and a post office was established on May 2, 1872, with Isaac Wheeler as postmaster. A village was platted by Julian Bishop, the county surveyor, for Lyman Johnson, in 1875, although the village was never incorporated.

Seven Harbors is directly north of downtown East Highland, along North Duck Lake Road, and between Duck Lake to the west and White Lake to the east, and north to include the Highland Hills Golf Club.

Although these five communities have distinct identities, they are often identified together as Highland, although they don't comprise the entire township. The center of East Highland is 2.9 miles from the center of Highland, while the distance from Highland to Clyde is 3.1 miles, 3.3 miles to West Highland, and 4.0 miles to Seven Harbors.

Other unincorporated communities within ten miles of Highland include Hickory Ridge, Hartland, Rose Center, White Lake, Hallers Corners, Commerce, Rose Corners, Glengary, Oakley Park, and Union Lake. Incorporated cities and villages within twenty miles are Milford, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, Holly, South Lyon, Walled Lake, Clarkston, Fenton, Brighton, Howell, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Novi, and Northville.

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