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Honor, Michigan is an incorporated village in northeast Homestead Township, Benzie County, in the northwest segment of the Lower Peninsula.

The village is situated along the Platte River, which forms most of its southern border. The chief route through the village is US-31 (Honor Highway). Other routes include Deadstream Road, Covey Road (Henry Street), Zimmerman Road (South Street), Ely Road, Fewins Road, and Peckens Road (Highland Street).

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Honor include Beaulah, Benzonia, Empire, Lake Ann, Frankfort, Thompsonville, Elberta, and Copemish.

Honor is the gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, to the northwest. It is also known as the Coho Capital, as Coho Salmon were first introduced to the Platte River just outside the village limits, and each year they return to spawn at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery. Each August, the National Coho Salmon Festival is held in Honor.

Honor was founded as a logging town in 1895, and laid out by the Guelph Patent Cask Company, and named for the youngest daughter of its general manager, J.A. Gifford. A post office was established on July 16 of that year, with Leslie C. Hart as the first postmaster. The following year, a schoolhouse was built, which doubled as a church. Honor also became a three-way junction for the Empire & Southeastern Railroad, the Manistee & Northeastern, and a branch line of the Chicago & Western Michigan Railroad, which became the Pere Marquette Railway.

In 1908, Honor was designated as the county seat of Benzie County, and it was incorporated as a village in 1914. However, in 1916 the county seat was moved to Beulah.

Today, Honor has a population of just over three hundred, although it has declined only twice since first appearing on a census roll in 1920, which was in 1950 and in 1980.

The focus of this guide is on the village of Honor, Michigan. Topics related to the village government or to any businesses, schools, places of worship, attractions, or events are appropriate for this category.



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