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Surrounded by Lawrence Township, the village of Lawton, Michigan is in the southeastern segment of Van Buren County, in the southwestern Lower Peninsula.

The chief routes to and through the village include M-40 (Main Street), County Road 358 (White Oak Road, East 3rd Street), County Road 354 (Nursery Street), and Ewing Road. M-40 connects with I-94, just north of the village. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Lawton include Paw Paw, Mattawan, Decatur, Marcellus, Lawrence, Gobles, Schoolcraft, Portage, Bloomingdale, and Hartford, while Kalamazoo is just over twenty miles to the northeast.

The community that was to become Lawton was founded in the late 1840s. In 1848, ten acres of land were contributed to the Michigan Central Railroad for a depot that became known as Paw Paw Station. Nathan Lawton platted a townsite in 1849, naming it South Paw Paw, as it was about four miles south of the village of Paw Paw.

On March 15, 1851, a post office was established, with Andrew Longstreet as the first postmaster. The post office took the name of Lawton, for Nathan Lawton, and the railroad depot adopted the same name. Lawton was identified as a village in 1853, and officially incorporated as a village in 1858.

Lawton is a small town of fewer than two thousand people, but it is known regionally for its fine restaurants and microbrewery, as well as various service industries and shopping venues. Welch's Foods produces grape juice in downtown Lawton. Lawton Golf Club and the Lawton Heritage Museum are in the northern portion of the village.

Lawton is largely residential. Most of its residents commute to larger cities for work, while enjoying a small-town atmosphere at home.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the village of Lawton, Michigan. Online resources for the village government, as well as for any businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, recreational facilities, and sports programs.



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