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Moran, Michigan is an unincorporated community in Mackinac County, in the southeastern Upper Peninsula.

Oddly, Moran is in Brevort Township, and not in Moran Township, which is adjacent to Brevort Township. More curiously, Moran Township includes an unincorporated community named Brevort.

Moran was named for William B. Moran, a member of the land company that developed the area, while Moran Township and other nearby places named Moran, such as East Moran Bay in St. Ignace, West Moran Bay on Lake Michigan, and the Moran River, all have a different origin.

The community is situated along M-123, mostly between Charles Moran Road and Dukes Road. The only incorporated city or village within twenty-five miles is St. Ignace, about twenty-one miles to the southeast.

The North Country National Scenic Trail runs through the community, paralleling M-123. Generally known simply as the North Country Trail, the NCT is a 4,600-mile footpath stretching from Middlebury, Vermont to Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota, connecting the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail with the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Originally, Moran was known as Jacob City, for a man named Jacob, who was the president of the German Land Company, a colonization land scheme that sold lots to settlers between 1881 and 1883. Mr. Jacob was accused of fraud in 1883, and ousted from the company, which then borrowed money from another of its members, William B. Moran, to acquire more land. They renamed the town for him in 1883.

A post office was established as Jacob City on February 23, 1882, with Frank J. Becker as postmaster. The post office was transferred to Allenville on April 1, 1898, but re-established as Moran on May 14, 1910.

Early businesses included the Sckeraszny Flour and Saw Mill, which opened in 1905, the Sveitner Sawmill in 1909, the Appleford Brothers Sawmill in 1917, and the Quay Lumber Company Sawmill around that same time. The Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway came through, establishing a depot in Moran, as well as a junction switch to the north-northeast, serving the Quay Mill. The standard-gauge railroad extended north from Moran. Its depot was moved to St. Ignace in July of 1947.

The focus of this category is on the community known as Moran, Michigan. Businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, and events within the community are appropriate topics for this portion of our guide.



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