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Holt, Michigan is an unincorporated community bordering on Lansing to the north.

Holt became a census-designated place (CDP) in 1990. As a CDP, the community has defined boundaries, at least for the purpose of the census. These boundaries were greatly expanded in 2010, which more than doubled the population of the CDP, from 11,315 in 2000 to 23,973 in 2010.

Its boundaries include most of Delhi Charter Township. I-96 passes through a small portion of the CDP in the northeast, and forms a portion of the CDP's boundary in the northwest, and US-127 bounds the CDPs northeastern corner, then passes just east of the community. Holt Road runs east-west through the center of the community, intersecting with Grovenburg Road, Onandaga Road, Aurelius Road, Cedar Road, College Road, and Washington Road. Eaton Rapids Road forms the boundary of the CDP's northwestern corner.

Besides Detroit, cities and villages within twenty miles of Holt include Dimondale, Mason, East Lansing, Potterville, Dansville, Eaton Rapids, Leslie, Williamston, Grand Ledge, Charlotte, and Dewitt, while unincorporated communities within ten miles include North Aurelius, Aurelius, West Windsor, and Okemos.

Although several land purchases were made in 1836, the first permanent settlement was made by Frederick R. Luther and John Norris in 1837, with Luther coming on May 4th and Norris on May 22nd. Other early settlers include William Wood, Joseph Wilson, Philander Morton, David Wait, Alonzo Douglass, George Phillips, and Henry Harrison North, who later became the first township supervisor.

First known as Delhi, the community was originally part of Alaiedon Township. On February 16, 1842, Delhi Township was separated, at which time the village became Delhi Center, and was also known as Delhi Station after the Michigan Central Railroad came through. A post office was established on February 3, 1848, with George Phillips as the first postmaster.

On February 10, 1860, Delhi Center was renamed Holt in order to avoid confusion with Delhi Mills in Washtenaw County. The community was named for Joseph Holt, who was Postmaster General under the Buchanan Administration.

The northern part of the CDP was not originally part of the community but had its own identity as Five Corners or North Holt. Five Corners was named for the junction of the roads in that area.

Early churches included the German Methodist Episcopal Church, which began in 1853 as a church plant of the German Methodist Episcopal Church in Lansing, becoming a separate congregation in 1860. The English Methodist Episcopal Church shared a building with the German congregation from 1868 to 1873, building its own church structure in 1876. In 1931, the German and English congregations combined to form the First Methodist Church of Holt, which later became the Holt United Methodist Church. The Holt Presbyterian Church was founded in 1865 by Scottish immigrants and became the First Presbyterian Church of Holt in 1964. The Holt Baptist Church began as a Bible study group in 1951, building its church structure the following year.

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