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The village of Pellston, Michigan spans McKinley and Maple River townships, in central-eastern Emmet County, in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.

The main route through the village is US-31, which runs north-south through the village center, where it intersects Robinson Road.

The West Branch of the Maple River flows through the southwestern portion of the village, and Pellston Regional Airport is partially within the village limits, although most of the airport is outside of its limits to the north and northwest.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Pellston include Alanson, Mackinaw City, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Cheboygan, and St. Ignace, while the unincorporated communities of Brutus, Levering, and Elmhurst are within ten miles.

With a population of about eight hundred and fifty people, Pellston is a residential community with a regional airport, a regional school system, library, senior center, parks, recreation areas, and stores, a bank, and medical offices.

The settlement was founded by William H. Pells, who had come to Michigan from Illinois, where he had founded the village of Paxton in 1872. In 1876, he acquired 1,300 acres in Emmet County, and began reselling it to settlers. After building a store and a hotel, he platted the village in 1882, naming it for himself.

A post office was established on September 20, 1882, with Henry Park as the first postmaster. That same year, the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railway established a station in Pellston. Pellston was incorporated as a village in 1907.

Like many other Michigan communities, its early economy was based on logging and the railroad. Pellston and the surrounding region supported large lumberyards, while logs were shipped to Chicago and other destinations.

It wasn't long before its lumber was depleted, and its population began a rapid decline. Pellston's peak population was 1,089 in 1910, the first year that it appeared on a census roll. By 1960, its population had declined to 429, its lowest population. Since then, it has increased in population each census year.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the village of Pellston, Michigan. Appropriate topics include websites representing the village government, any other governmental bodies within the village, local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.



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