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Situated in northern McKinley Township and southern Carp Lake Township, Levering, Michigan is an unincorporated community in Emmet County, in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula.

As Levering was added as a census-designated place (CDP) for the purpose of the 2010 census, it has defined boundaries, unlike other unincorporated communities in Michigan, although these boundaries are intended for statistical purposes only. The Levering CDP is roughly bounded by Certon Creek in the north.

US Highway 31 runs north-south through the CDP, intersecting Levering Road, while Reed Road forms its western border. The village of Pellston is about five miles south of Levering, while the Carp Lake CDP is about four miles north. Other cities and villages within twenty miles of Levering include Mackinaw City, Alanson, Cheboygan, and St. Ignace. The county seat, Petoskey, is about twenty-five miles south.

Founded as a way station on the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad in 1882, the community was first named Leverington, in honor of Joshua Levering, a friend of William H. Pells, the founder of Pellston. A post office was established on February 15, 1883, at which time the name was shortened to Levering. James Heany served as the first postmaster of Levering.

Robert Robinson is credited as being the founder of Levering. With the knowledge of the route intended for the railroad, he acquired the land for the townsite, considering it to be a favorable spot for a village. The townsite was surveyed for Mr. Robinson by Oliver S. Heydon, and the plat was recorded in May 1883.

The main line of the GR&I was paralleled by a sidetrack about three blocks in length, which facilitated the loading of products from the adjacent sawmill and potato warehouses. Soon, commercial businesses were opened along a slight ridge on the east side of the track. East of that, a residential neighborhood began.

In the spring of 1883, A.M. LeBaron, who operated a large general store in the area, platted what became the A.M. LeBaron Addition.

Although the village showed good promise, only a few residential lots were sold, and the LeBaron Addition remained largely unoccupied, and a large part of it became a gravel pit, which was later converted into a recreation area.

Nevertheless, Levering continued as a named community and, in recent years, it has enjoyed some growth from people wanting to live in a small town, while commuting to neighboring cities.

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