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Situated east of Flint, the City of Lapeer, Michigan is the county seat of Lapeer County.

The South Branch of the Flint River, Hunters Creek, Farmers Creek, and the May and White Drain flow through the city, and Pass Lake is situated mostly within the southern part of the city.

The chief routes to and through the city include I-69, which passes through the southern portion of the city, and M-24, which runs mostly north-south through the city center. Others include Baldwin Road, Bowers Road, Davison Road, Imlay City Road, Lake Nepessing Road, Millville Road, and Oregon Road.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Lapeer include Metamora, Columbiaville, Davison, Imlay City, Oxford, Dryden, Otter Lake, North Branch, Otisville, Goodrich, Ortonville, Burton, and Flint.

The area that includes what is now Lapeer was organized as the Northwest Territory in 1787, although it was still occupied by the British at that time. When Oakland County was formed in January of 1820, the area was part of that county until Lapeer County was formed in 1837.

Although French traders had been through the area previously, the village that became Lapeer developed around a site where Alvin N. Hart settled on November 11, 1831. As the settlement grew, it was named for the stone that lay along the bottom of the Flint River, as "la pierre" is French for "stone."

The Pontiac Mill Company constructed a sawmill on Farmers Creek in 1831.

The townsite was platted by Alvin N. Hart on November 8, 1833, and registered the following month. In 1843, Hart became a State Senator, representing Lapeer, Oakland, Genesee, Shiawassee, Tuscola, and Saginaw counties, as well as the entire Upper Peninsula.

Also arriving in 1833, Enoch J. White came to the area from Massachusetts, settling in an area west of Hart's property, separated from it by a tamarack swamp. On July 3, 1833, a post office was opened in the settlement that grew up around White's home, taking the name of Lapeer, with Dr. Minor Y. Turrill as postmaster. White platted a village that he named Whitesville in 1834, and the post office was renamed Whitesville on January 11, 1834. In 1836, Whitesville was replatted and renamed Lapeer, and the post office was renamed Lapeer on May 3 of that year.

In 1836, Lapeer was designated as the county seat. At one time, there were two county courthouses, as the White family built one at the current site of the Old Lapeer High School at Main and Genesee Streets, while the Hart family built on one at Nepessing and Court Streets. Purchased by the county in 1858, the Hart courthouse is now the oldest continuously operating courthouse in Michigan, and one of the oldest in the country.

The Michigan Central Railroad's Detroit to Bay City line crossed the Grand Trunk Western Railroad's main line from Port Huron to Flint within the city limits. The Grand Trunk Railroad was the first to come to Lapeer in late 1871, while the Detroit & Bay City line was built in the fall of 1872. Now owned by Canadian National, the Grand Trunk Western line remains active today, offering daily Amtrak service.

Incorporated as a village in 1857, Lapeer became a city in 1869. It is in what is known as the Thumb Region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

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