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The City of Jonesville, Michigan is situated in the south-central part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, near its Ohio and Indiana borders. The city is within sixty miles of the Jackson, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Lansing metro regions, as well as the Toledo, Ohio metro region.

Locally, the city is in the northwest quadrant of Hillsdale County, a few miles north of Hillsdale. The chief route through the city is US-12 (Chicago Road), which intersects M-99 (Evans Street) in the city's downtown region. Incorporated cities and villages within twenty miles of Jonesville include Hillsdale, Allen, Litchfield, North Adams, Quincy, Hanover, Reading, Concord, Homer, Addison, Coldwater, and Camden.

The St. Joseph River flows through the city from the southeast to the northwest, just west of downtown, and the North Country National Scenic Trail, the longest of eleven National Scenic Trails authorized by Congress, passes through the city.

The city's peak population was 2,337 in 2000, although its only decades of decline since it first appeared on the census rolls in 1850 have been in 1890, 1920, 1940, and 2010.

The city has a small police department that includes both full-time and part-time officers, and a fire department that serves residents and businesses within the city, as well as Fayette Township and Scipio Township. Jonesville Community Schools serves K-12 public school students in the city and surrounding region. Jonesville High School, Jonesville Middle School, and Williams Elementary School are within the city limits.

Acknowledged as the first permanent European-American settler, Benaiah Jones and his family settled in the area where the Sauk Trail met the St. Joseph River in 1828. He and his brother, Edmund, acquired more land there in 1829, surveyed it in 1830, and platted a townsite in 1831, naming it for themselves.

Jonesville was the first village platted in the county, and served as the first county seat for Hillsdale County. Hillsdale, the current county seat, was platted nearer to the center of the county in a bid to take the county seat from Jonesville. In response, Jonesville residents bought land even more central than Hillsdale, and platted Osseo, hoping to split the votes between Hillsdale and Osseo, so that Jonesville would prevail. The result was that Osseo, without a single county building, served as the county seat for three years before it was awarded to Hillsdale in 1843.

A post office was established in Jonesville on January 21, 1841, with Elisha P. Champlin as postmaster. Jonesville was incorporated as a village in 1855, and became a city in 2014. The Michigan Southern Railroad extended its track through Jonesville in 1849, and the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad established a station in Jonesville in 1871.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the City of Jonesville, Michigan. Online resources representing the city are appropriate for this category, along with any businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, and events within the city.


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