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Surrounded by Richmond Township, in southwestern Osceola County, Reed City, Michigan is one of only two cities in the county, and serves as the county seat.

The primary routes of transportation to and from the city are US-10 and US-131. US-10 is an east-west route that extends from Bay City on the Saginaw Bay, to Ludington on Lake Michigan, while US-131 is a north-south route that runs from the Michigan-Indiana line to Petoskey. The business route for US-10 is Church Avenue, which intersects with Patterson Road at its western terminus. Other routes include 3 Mile Road, 4 Mile Road, Patterson Road, and Old US Highway 131.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles from the city include Hersey, Big Rapids, Evart, Leroy, Tustin, Baldwin, Luther, Stanwood, and Barryton.

The Hersey River flows through the eastern portion of the city.

The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park extends into the city. The White Pine Trail is a 92-mile linear state park that extends from northern Grand Rapids to Cadillac, following the path graded for the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad. Currently, the trail has three paved sections, including a 13-mile stretch between Big Rapids and Reed City. According to the Friends of the White Pine Trail, there are plans to extend the paved areas of the trail and connect it to other trail systems in the state. The White Pine Trail already connects with the Pere Marquette State Trail in Reed City. The Pere Marquette State Trail is a 55-mile bicycle and multi-use trail that runs through Clare, Lake, and Osceola counties, largely following the former route of the Pere Marquette Railway.

Currently, approximately thirty percent of the land area in the city is single-family residential, while there is some multiple-family housing in the southern part of the city, including an apartment complex operated by the Reed City Housing Commission. More than thirty percent of the city's land area is vacant or open space land.

The major industrial area of the city is southeast of the city center, although some industry is found adjacent to the downtown district. Reed City's downtown area is primarily commercial, with a mix of general merchandise and specialty shops. A second commercial area is south of the central business district, along Chestnut Street, between Lincoln Avenue and 3 Mile Road.

Although there are fluctuations from one decade to another, Reed City has generally been growing. Its peak population was in 2020, with 2,490 people.

Among the early settlers of the community who made significant contributions to its development were William M. Slosson, Frederick H. Todd, William A. Higbee, and James M. Reed, for whom the city was eventually named. At various times, before a name was settled upon, it was known as Tunshla, meaning unknown, and later as Todd's Slashings, a reference to lumbered-off land belonging to Mr. Todd.

The community was platted as Reed City in 1870, as the track of the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad was under construction, and the route for the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad was fixed at Reed City.

With two railroad routes slated to intersect in Reed City, the town grew. The Davenport Brothers opened a general store, followed by a second general store run by a Mr. Gibbs, and a drug store operated by E. Traut, while William Blank opened a liquor store. In 1871, the Lonsbury & Crocker General Store opened. The Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad came through in November of 1871, establishing a station in Reed City, and continuing construction of its track northward. Soon after, the Flint & Pere Marquette came through. On December 8, 1871, a post office was opened in Reed City with Simpson Traut as postmaster.

Reed City was incorporated as a village on December 3, 1872. After its initial incorporation was determined to be illegal by the courts, it was reincorporated in April of 1875, and became a city in 1932. In 1927, the Osceola County seat was moved from Hersey to Reed City.

The focus of this part of our guide is on Reed City, Michigan. Appropriate topics for this category include governmental entities within the city, as well as local industries, businesses, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities, as well as informational sites.


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