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New Lothrop, Michigan is in Hazelton Township, in the northeast corner of Shiawassee County.

Porter Creek, Mistequay Creek, and Onion Creek flow through the village.

The village is centered on the intersection of Easton Road and New Lothrop Road. Cities and villages within twenty miles of New Lothrop include Montrose, Flushing, Lennon, Chesaning, Oakley, Mt. Morris, Vernon, Durand, Clio, Corunna, Birch Run, Swartz Creek, Owosso, Bancroft, and Flint.

The first land purchase in the area that would later become part of New Lothrop was by James Butler, who came from New York in 1836. The first settlements were along the Mistequay Creek, a couple of miles from the former town of Hazelton, which as also known as Ratville.

The same year, another townsite was platted by Gideon Silverthorn, A.W. Gillett, Warren Williams, and Nathan Colby, who owned the four corners upon which it grew. Originally, the settlement was known as Lothrop, for William Lothrop who had purchased the bells for the Methodist Church.

By 1879, Lothrop has a couple of grocery stores, clothing stores, a couple of harness shops, a shoe shop, three blacksmith shops, a wagon shop, a sawmill, a grist mill, and a hotel. A post office was established on May 20, 1878, with Carlton K. Runnels as postmaster

By 1900, Lothrop had become New Lothrop and, by 1915 there were two streets in the town lined with hitching rails, as very few people had cars at that point. New Lothrop was incorporated as a village on April 11, 1947. In 1950, a fire hall was built, which also served as a garage for a police car and other village-owned equipment. Today, that building. houses the township offices.

New Lothrop is largely residential, with a population of about five hundred and fifty. Its peak population was 646 in 1980. The village council has established a New Lothrop Development Authority which, together with the village, is working to encourage growth in the community.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the village of New Lothrop, Michigan. Appropriate topics include online resources representing the municipality, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, sports programs, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.



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