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The village of Mesick, Michigan is in northeast Springville Township, Wexford County.

The Manistee River flows just west of the village limits, forming the west village limits in a couple of places.

The chief routes through the village are M-37 and M-115. Other routes include Old M-37, 11 Road, 13 Road, 16 Road, and 18 Road. Other cities and villages within twenty miles of Mesick include Buckley, Harrietta, Copemish, Thompsonville, Kaleva, and Manton.

Settled in the 1860s, a post office was established on January 9, 1881, with Henry N. Brooks as postmaster. The post office was named for Howard Mesick, who had opened a sawmill there. In 1890, the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Michigan Railroad opened a station in Mesick. In this case, Mesick was the benefactor of an unfortunate event at nearby Sherman. Because of an issue with bonds, a planned railroad connection at Sherman was never built. Most of the rail business that would have been done at Sherman was carried out in Mesick instead.

The townsite was platted that year by Howard Mesick, a sawmill owner, and the village was incorporated in 1901.

The village grew as a shipping point for lumber and wood products, and early businesses include the sawmill, a handle factory, a blacksmith, a few general stores, a couple of saloons, a library, and four churches.

However, soon after the village was incorporated, the lumber industry went into decline, which led to a sharp decline in population in 1920 and a smaller decline in 1930. Since then, the village's population has fluctuated from decade to decade but has remained relatively steady since 1930. Its peak population was 510 in 1910, and its current population is just below 400. Most of the village's workforce is employed outside of Mesick.

Due to its proximity to the Manistee River and the Manistee National Forest, the village serves as a base for outdoor enthusiasts, with its nearby trails and access to thousands of acres of public land. Of course, the natural resources that bring vacationers to this part of the Lower Peninsula also serve to make Mesick an attractive place to live.

During the Great Depression, the Hodenpyl Hydroelectric Dam was built and is still in operation. The dam created a lake southwest of the village, which brings visitors to the village. There are two campgrounds west of the village, near where the Manistee River flows into Hodenpyl Dam Lake, and the Huron and Manistee National Forests are only about a mile away.

Mesick is known as the mushroom capital of the United States. Each May since 1959, people have come to join in on the activities of the Mesick Mushroom Festival. Hosted by the Mesick Lions Club, the event takes place on Mother's Day weekend and includes a parade, flea market, carnival, arts and crafts activities, a pastie sale, dancing, games, music, and several food venues. Participating mushroomers can purchase mushroom picking kits at the festival office, and head out to the forested area around the village to see what they can find.

The focus of this category is on the village of Mesick, Michigan. Appropriate resources for this portion of our guide include websites representing the village government, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational opportunities within the village.



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