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Situated in northern Ogemaw County, Rose City, Michigan straddles Rose, Klacking, and Cumming townships, although it is administered independently.

M-33 (Bennett Street, Williams Street) and Rose City Road (Main Street) intersect in the center of town, serving as the chief routes to and from the city.

The unincorporated communities of Rose Center, Fayettes Corner, and Lupton are within ten miles of Rose City, while the only other incorporated municipality within twenty miles is West Branch, sixteen miles to the southwest. Other cities and villages within fifty miles of Rose City include Prescott, Whittemore, Sterling, Roscommon, Standish, Turner, Twining, Tawas City, East Tawas, Omer, Grayling, Pinconning, Au Gres, and Gladwin.

Rose City is the seventh-smallest city in the state, by population, and has remained relatively stable throughout its history. First appearing on a census roll in 1910 with a population of 542, its lowest population was 331 in 1920, and its peak population was 721 in 2000. As of the 2020 census, its population was 577.

In 1871, Hiram Hodge and William (Deacon) Rose came to the area along wilderness trails. Hiram Hodge built a hotel, but didn't remain in the area long. Although Mr. Rose soon returned to New York State, his son, Allan D. Rose remained. He opened a general store about a mile and a half west of the current city center. A post office was established in his store on September 8, 1875, with Allan Rose as postmaster. The post office was first named Churchill.

Allan Rose and M.S. French, a banker from West Branch, formed a partnership known as the French and Rose Land Company to sell home sites and develop the town.

Mr. Rose was instrumental in persuading the railroad to come through the area to serve local lumber operations. The Detroit & Mackinac Railroad built its Rose City branch line east of Churchill, which prompted Churchill businesses to move nearer to the railroad. On July 23, 1892, the post office in Churchill closed and reopened closer to the railroad, at which time it was renamed Rose City, in honor of the Rose family.

Rose City was incorporated in 1910. However, that same year, a fire destroyed most of its business section and brought an end to its lumber industry. Several businesses chose not to rebuild, and the new city lost nearly forty percent of its population by 1920.

The city rebounded closely for a couple of decades, but began growing more rapidly after World War II. Between 1945 and 1960, the city gained a sewer system, paved streets, and streetlights.

As there are several artesian wells in the area, still serving as the city's water supply today, Rose City was known as "The Home of Artesian Wells" for a time.

Tourism became a significant influence on the city's economy in the 1930s, aided by the presence of about seventy-five lakes within fifteen miles of Rose City. Houghton Creek, a tributary of the Rifle River, flows through the northeast part of the city. The Rifle River Recreation Area is southeast of Rose City, and the Huron National Forest is north. Fishing, hunting, camping, and other outdoor recreational activities still bring people to Rose City.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the small city of Rose City, Michigan. Online resources representing the municipality are appropriate for this category, as are the websites for local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.



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