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Roscommon, Michigan is in Higgins Township, north-central Roscommon County, in the northern section of the Lower Peninsula.

Roscommon is the only incorporated municipality in the county and serves as the county seat. Roscommon Township occupies the southwestern corner of the county.

The chief routes to and from the village are M-18 (Lake Street) and Bus-75, also known as Federal Highway and Old State 76. Bus-75 connects with I-75 to the northwest and southwest of the village, while East Sunset Drive connects to the interstate to the west.

The unincorporated community of Deerheart Valley is just under four miles to the north-northeast, while the former village of Pere Cheney, known for its ghosts and witches, is just under eight miles to the north-northwest.

The only other incorporated municipality within twenty-five miles of Roscommon is the City of Grayling, fifteen miles to the north. Besides Grayling, cities and villages within fifty miles of Roscommon include West Branch, Rose City, Gladwin, Lake City, and Harrison.

The Huron National Forest is north of the village, the South Branch of the Au Sable River flows through its northeastern corner, Robinson Creek flows through the center of the village, and Higgins Lake is about eight miles west. A 160-acre parcel within the Au Sable State Forest, sometimes known as the Roscommon Red Pines, is eight miles to the east.

Roscommon County was originally set off as Mikenauk County in 1840, but the legislature renamed it Roscommon in 1843, for Roscommon, Ireland, the homeland of Charles O'Malley, a state representative, who resided in the county.

Like many other Michigan communities, Roscommon's origins owe much to the lumber and railroad industries. The county was heavy in timber resources, and the area where the Au Sable River met the new track of the Jackson, Lansing, and Saginaw Railroad was the ideal spot for a railroad station, originally named Roscommon Station.

The settlement was founded around 1845 by George C. Robinson, a Detroit lawyer and businessman. For a short time, the settlement was known as the Robinson recorded plat.

A post office was established on January 9, 1873, with Alfred Bennett as postmaster. Roscommon County was officially organized in 1875, although it had been set aside prior to that time, and Roscommon Station was designated as the county seat in 1876. The townsite was platted and recorded by George O. Robinson, and incorporated as a village on January 4, 1882.

It wasn't long before the region's timber resources were depleted, however. As a result, the new village declined for three decades, but rebounded by 1930. Tourism was a significant force in bringing prosperity back to the village, particularly from the end of the Depression years through World War II.

By 1950, Roscommon had a population of 877. Following that, a couple of decades of slight decline were followed by a couple of decades of slight increases, with a larger boost at the time of the 2000 census, when the village enjoyed its peak population of 1,133. As of the 2020 census, it had declined slightly to a population of 981.

The focal point of this part of our guide is on the Village of Roscommon, Michigan. Appropriate resources include websites representing the municipal and county governments, any other government facilities within the village, and local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.


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