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The Lake County village of Luther, Michigan spans Newkirk Township on the west, and Ellsworth Township on the east.

The chief routes through the village are Old M-63, North State Road, and East 3 1/2 Mile Road, which intersect in the center of town. East Lincoln Creek Road runs west from the village, and then south. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Luther include LeRoy, Tustin, Reed City, and Baldwin, and the unincorporated community of Edgetts is about seven miles to the east.

The Little Manistee River flows through the village, and a pond created by an impoundment of the river is in the southeast quadrant.

Hillsdale College's G.H. Gordon Biological Research Station is located in Luther. Situated on seven hundred acres, the research station began in 1999, providing research opportunities for Hillsdale's students and faculty, as well as off-campus course options.

Rockwell Lake Lodge and the Plym Village Cabins, both located at the station, provide accommodations for visitors, whether they are in Luther for a work-related activity or vacation. Otherwise, the village is largely residential.

Luther was first settled by European-Americans in 1880, and the community was first known as Wilson, for the Luther and Wilson Lumber Company, an early sawmill. After it was learned that there was another town named Wilson, the community was renamed for the other partner in the company, William A. Luther. In 1881, the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad extended its track to Luther, opening a station stop to serve local lumber operations.

The community grew quickly over the next few years. A post office was established on June 4, 1882, with Thomas Crebbin as postmaster, and the village was incorporated in 1893. In 1890, the first year that Luther appeared on a census roll, its population was 1,084, which was its peak population, as the village declined nine out of the next twelve decades. Notably, it increased by nearly thirty percent in 1980. Its current population is just over three hundred.

During its boom years, the village was exporting lumber, shingles, bark, and charcoal. There were several local businesses, including a blacksmith, a tinsmith, a millwright, a jeweler, and a dressmaker, as well as restaurants, saloons, general stores, grocery stores, real estate offices, and an opera house.

In the late 1800s, the Manistee & Grand Rapids Railroad extended its tracks to Luther. Electricity was available by 1912, and Luther had a school organized by grades, and five churches.

Today, there are only a few commercial businesses in town, including a restaurant, grocery store, and gift shop. Mill Pond Park, originally the site of a mill, now includes a garden, a dam, and a trail system. Both Newkirk and Ellsworth townships are headquartered in Luther, and the village also has a library, museum, post office, senior citizen organization, and five churches.

As the focus of this category is on the village of Luther, Michigan, online resources for the village government, and any other governmental bodies in Luther, such as the townships, are appropriate for this category, along with local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational opportunities.



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