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Remus, Michigan is an unincorporated community near the center of Wheatland Township, in eastern Mecosta County.

Remus is concentrated on the intersection of the north-south M-66 (30th Avenue) and the east-west M-20 (9 Mile Road). Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Remus include Mecosta, Barryton, Lake Isabella, Stanwood, Edmore, Lakeview, Mt. Pleasant, McBride, Morley, Stanton, and Big Rapids, while the unincorporated localities of Broomfield Center, Halls Corner, Blanchard, Sylvester, Canadian Lakes, and Drew are within ten miles.

The small residential community supports a number of commercial operations serving local customers and those passing through on M-20 and M-66. The township hall is located in Remus, and the community also has a post office, a public library, and a historical society. The Chippewa Hills School District is also headquartered in Remus.

The community was originally known as Bingen, and located about three miles west of its current site, as there was a sawmill and several other buildings there. When the Detroit, Lansing & Northern Railroad came through a few miles to the east in 1869, Bingen's businesses moved to be on the railroad line. Remus was on the Pere Marquette line between Stanton and Big Rapids, and a junction point for a Pere Marquette forest branch line that ran east from Remus to Weidman.

On July 20, 1877, a post office was established in Bingen, with Christian W. Wernette as postmaster. On March 15, 1880, the post office was renamed Remus, in honor of William John Remus, a large landowner who had surveyed the area. Today, the Remus post office serves most of Wheatland Township, a large part of Sheridan Township, and portions of Millbrook, Sherman, Broomfield, and Fremont townships.

In the late 1860s, after the American Civil War, thousands of former slaves settled in central and northern Michigan, with the promise of 160 acres of homestead land. Many of them settled in Remus, where they farmed, logged, and conducted business. The first documented black settler in Remus was James Guy, who came in 1861. His deed was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Built in 1869, the Wheatland Church of Christ was founded by Thomas Cross, another African-American who had settled in Remus, and is still in operation today. Today, however, Wheatland Township has an African-American population of just over one percent, and a white population of nearly ninety-five percent.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the unincorporated community known as Remus, Michigan. Appropriate resources for this category may include websites representing any governmental entity, such as Wheatland Township, that is located within the community, as well as local industries, businesses, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.



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