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Morley, Michigan is in southern Mecosta County, straddling Aetna and Deerfield townships, northwest of the central Lower Peninsula.

The chief routes through the village are Northland Drive (Cass Street) and Jefferson Road (3rd Street, 4th Street). 2 Mile Road leads west from the northwestern portion of the city. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Morley include Stanwood, Howard City, Lakeview, Pierson, Sand Lake, Big Rapids, Cedar Springs, and Mecosta.

Morley Pond is situated in the southeast quadrant of the village. The 70-acre pond includes a public beach and a boat launch. Near the dam, there is a picnic area with vault-style toilets. On the northern side of the pond is a small township park that includes picnic tables and playground equipment. The pond is formed by the backwaters of the Morley Dam on the Little Muskegon River, which also passes through the village. Big Creek also flows through the village, feeding into the Little Muskegon River in the lower central portion of the village.

The White Pine Trail roughly parallels Northland Drive as it passes through the village. Maintained by Friends of the White Pine Trail, the rail trail park extends from Grand Rapids to Cadillac, and is used by bicyclists in the summer and by snowmobilers in the winter.

The village has a population of around five hundred, and it has maintained a population above 300 and below 550 since 1890.

Charles Lawson, Nelson Pike, and George H. Ward were among the first European-American settlers in 1869, and the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad came through that year, establishing a station there. A post office was established at the railroad station on September 30, 1869, with the station master as postmaster. Morley was incorporated as a village in 1870.

The focal point of this portion of our guide is on the village of Morley, Michigan. Appropriate resources for this category include websites representing the village itself, as well as any businesses, industries, organizations, places of worship, attractions, events, sports programs or facilities, or recreational opportunities.



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