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Kincheloe and Kinross are both localities in the eastern portion of Kinross Charter Township, in central Chippewa County, in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Both of these communities are small, unincorporated, and without defined boundaries, making it difficult to determine whether a resource is in Kincheloe or in Kinross, particularly given that resource names often don't match the postal address, so we will cover both of these communities within this category.

Kinross, Michigan is the older of the two. It was established as a railroad stop on the Minneapolis, St. Paul, & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (Soo Line) in 1891, and a post office was established there on June 30, 1892, with John W. Wallis as postmaster. Although the post office closed on December 10, 1894, it was restored on March 8, 1898, and continues in operation. As many of its early settlers were Scottish-Irish immigrants, the community was named for Kinross, Scotland.

Named for the former Kincheloe Air Force Base, the community of Kincheloe, Michigan is east of I-75, and largely northeast of Kinross. It continued as a community after the closure of the base.

The Kincheloe Air Force Base was built in 1943 and, over the years, it has been known as Kinross Municipal Airport, Kinross Army Air Field, Kinross Air Field, Kinross Air Force Auxiliary Field, and Kinross Air Force Base, before being renamed for Iven C. Kincheloe, a test pilot from Michigan, in 1959. The Kincheloe AFB was inactivated on September 30, 1977.

Prior to its closure, portions of the base had already been transferred to local authorities. Currently, Chippewa County International Airport, Kinross Correctional Facility, Chippewa Correctional Facility, Kinross Manufacturing, American Kinross, and Rudyard Area Schools are occupying portions of the former base. The base was also used for the filming of portions of the 1990 movie, Die Hard 2, starring Bruce Willis.

The community of Kincheloe occupies a portion of the former base, and has survived its closure as a community.

The chief routes through the communities include I-75, which passes through the far western portion of the communities, and M-80, which runs southeast from the interstate, and then east across the northern portion of the airport. Other routes include Gaines Highway, Tone Road, and Kallio Road.

Sault Ste. Marie, twenty miles to the north, is the only incorporated city or village within thirty miles of Kinross, and the unincorporated community of Rudyard is about eight miles to the southwest.

Businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, sports, or recreational opportunities in Kinross or Kincheloe are appropriate resources for this category, as would any websites focused on historical or informational subjects related to either of these two communities.



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