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Onondaga, Michigan is an unincorporated community in southwest Onondaga Township, in southwest Ingham County.

The community is situated on the Grand River, a 252-mile waterway in the southwest portion of the Lower Peninsula. The longest river in Michigan, the Grand River runs from Hillsdale County, on the southern border, north to Lansing, and then west to its mouth on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven. Perry Creek also flows through Onondaga, east of downtown. There are several small lakes and ponds within the area.

The main routes through the community are Annis Road, Aurelius Road, Baseline Road, Bellevue Road, Berryville Road, Covert Road, Edgar Road, Gale Road, Kinneville Road, Olds Road, Onondaga Road, Plains Road, Ridley Road, Rives Eaton Road, Tompkins Road, and Waverly Road, and M-188 (VFW Road.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Onondaga include Leslie, Eaton Rapids, Springport, Parma, Mason, Dimondale, Jackson, Olivet, Charlotte, and Potterville, while the unincorporated communities of Charlesworth, Aurelius, and North Aurelius are within ten miles.

The first European-American land acquisition in what would become Onondaga was entered by Oliver Booth in 1834. Most of its early settlers came from New York and New England. A post office was established on October 16, 1838, with Warren B. Buckland as the first postmaster. In 1844, Perez Howland became postmaster, with the post office housed in his grocery store beginning in 1847.

A townsite was platted in 1870 by John Howland, who had acquired land in Onondaga in 1837, and John Sherman, who opened the first store in the village. The village was named for the township, which was itself named for Onondaga County, New York.

John Sherman opened the Sherman House in 1856, and operated it as a hotel for many years. Perez Howland's grocery store was later purchased by Cyrus Baldwin and converted into a hotel. Other owners of that place included Henry S. Willis and E. Flannigan, who also operated a grain business in the village.

In the early 1870s, the Michigan Central Railroad opened a station in Onondaga, along its Grand Rapids branch.

The focal point of this portion of our guide is on the unincorporated community known as Onondaga, Michigan. Appropriate topics include local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational facilities.



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