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Surrounded by Marlette Township, Marlette, Michigan is located in the lower west portion of Sanilac County, in the heart of the Thumb Region of the Lower Peninsula.

M-53 (Main Street) runs north-south through Marlette, intersecting with Marlette Road just north of the center, and these are the chief routes to and from the city, although M-46 is an east-west highway about six miles north of Marlette. The nearest expressway is I-69, about twenty miles to the south. The Marlette Airport is just outside the southwest city limits.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Marlette include Clifford, Kingston, Brown City, North Branch, Mayville, Peck, Sandusky, and Melvin.

The population of Marlette is between 1,700 and 1,800. First appearing on a census roll with a population of 996 in 1900, its peak population was 2,104 in 2000. The Marlette post office serves all but the northeast corner of Marlette Township. It also serves portions of southern Lamotte Township, southwest Elmer Township, northwest Flynn Township, northeast Elk Township, parts of northern Burnside Township in Lapeer County, and southeast Koylton Township in Tuscola County.

European-American and Canadian settlers began coming into the area in the middle of the 19th century, largely due to its timber resources and the agricultural fertility of the land. Among the early settlers were Robert Stinson, who came in 1854, and the land upon which the village was formed was originally owned by Benjamin Hobson, John McGill, Charles Harwack, and Robert Wilson.

The village was platted in 1856 and, along with the township, it was named for the name Marlatt, which was found carved on the end log of a log cabin across from the Rudd farm, which was just north of the current city limits. Tradition has it that the name was carved by two brothers, with that name, who had come from Ontario with their mother, intending to open a mill, but were unable to do so, and returned to Canada.

The Port Huron & Northwestern Railroad completed its Marlette Branch line in early 1881, further extending its tracks to East Saginaw. Today, its depot remains as a restored example of a late 1800s railway station.

Robert and John Wilson built a grist mill in 1866, and a sawmill was built by John McGill in 1867. A post office was opened just south of the current city limits on November 3, 1866, with Gordon W. Rudd as postmaster. In 1869, the post office was moved to the village, with John McGill as postmaster. Marlette was incorporated as a village in 1881, and became a city in 1984.

Today, most of the city's population resides in single-family homes, although its percentage of one-unit structures is less than that of the county or state. Almost nine percent of its population lives in group quarters, mostly in various elderly care facilities and the Teen Ranch Boys Home.

Manufacturing employs the largest portion of employed people in Marlette, although many of them are employed by manufacturing companies outside of the city limits. Industrial development in the southern part of the city began when the railroad line came through, and the railroad is still active as the center of industrial development in Marlette.

Residential development began with the traditional single-family homes near the center of town, largely on small lots. Mobile and manufactured development later occurred on the western part of the city, and suburban-type subdivisions were built on larger lots in the outlying areas of the city.

The Marlette Community Park and Pool, along Chard Street, is the largest park in the city, and it includes a swimming pool, pool house, two softball fields. two sand volleyball courts, three basketball courts, three tennis courts, ten horseshoe pits, two pavilions, and a variety of playground equipment. Memorial Park is triangular, shaped by Angle, Fenner, and Prospect Streets, and is largely an open field.

With the exception of Main Street and Marlette Road, all of the streets within the city are two-lane streets. Main Street (M-53) is a three-lane road from the southern city limits to Kilgour Street, where it becomes a five-lane road as far as its intersection with Marlette Road, after which it returns to three lanes. Marlette Road is a four-lane street from Ayre Street east to its intersection with Main Street, after which it becomes a three-lane street.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the city of Marlette, Michigan. Websites representing the city, any other governmental agencies within the city, businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational opportunities within the city are appropriate here.


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