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Situated on the border of Pittsford and Jefferson Townships, in Hillsdale County, Pittsford, Michigan is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP).

M-34 (Hudson Road) runs northwest-southeast through the center of the CDP, where it intersects Pittsford Road. Rumsey Road forms the west boundary of the CDP, while Day Road forms the north boundary, Jerome Road the east, and Miner Road the south boundary.

Michigan cities and villages within twenty-five miles of the CDP include Hudson, North Adams, Waldron, Hillsdale, Clayton, Jonesville, Addison, Reading, Allen, Hanover, Morenci, Litchfield, Cement City, Camden, Adrian, and Montgomery, while the unincorporated communities of Locust Corners, Osseo, Betzer, Prattville, and Ransom are within ten miles. The Ohio localities of Alvordton, Kunkle, Pioneer, Fayette, Holiday City, and Bridgewater Center are also within twenty-five miles of Pittsford.

Originally known as Locust Corners, the community was founded by Hiram Kidder in 1833. However, Alpheus Pratt, who came to the area from Pittsford, New York, had it renamed for his hometown when a post office was established on September 19, 1840. Elijah B. Seelye was the first postmaster.

The post office was closed on September 12, 1845, but restored on December 3, 1845. On January 4, 1846, the post office was moved to the western part of the township and renamed Sparta but, on January 30 of that year, the Keene post office was moved and renamed Pittsford.

The former village of Keene, about two miles north, was literally moved to Pittsford, as buildings were dismantled and reassembled in order to be nearer the railroad, when the Toledo & Ann Arbor Railroad came through Pittsford, establishing a station there.

The principal industry in Pittsford, during the early years, was brick manufacturing. Others included a cheese factory operated by Mark Hinkley, the R.J. Corlett & Sons sash and door company, and some lumber and coal industries.

As an unincorporated community, Pittsford is not a municipality, and is governed by Pittsford and Jefferson townships. Boundaries have been defined for the purpose of the US census, although they have no legal status.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the community of Pittsford, and online resources representing any governmental entities within the CDP, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities, are appropriate for this category.



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