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Rudyard, Michigan is an unincorporated community in the northeastern portion of Rudyard Township, in Chippewa County, in the Upper Peninsula.

Unincorporated communities don't have defined boundaries in Michigan, but M-48 (W M 48 Business Spur) connects the community with I-75/US-2 to the east, then turns south to join S Mackinac Trail. W H-40 County Highway enters the community from the west.

The North Branch of the Pine River flows through the western portion of Rudyard.

The unincorporated communities of Kinross and Kincheloe are within ten miles of Rudyard, while the only incorporated cities or villages within fifty miles of the community are Sault Ste Marie, St. Ignace, Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, and Detour.

Founded in 1883, the community was originally known as Pine River. However, when the Soo Line Railroad established a depot there in 1890, its name was changed to Rudyard because there were several other Michigan communities named Pine River.

Rudyard was suggested by Fred Underwood, then manager of the Soo Line, to honor the author, Rudyard Kipling. In response, the author sent a poem written on the back of a photograph to Mr. Underwood entitled, "Kipling's Michigan Twins," a reference to two Michigan communities, Rudyard and Kipling.

A post office was established in Rudyard on January 12, 1891, with Joseph Glendenning as the first postmaster.

Rudyard is a small residential community, but it has a public school system, Rudyard Area Schools, as well as a couple of restaurants, a grocery store, and some other retail businesses that serve local residents as well as visitors, who come to the Upper Peninsula for its outdoor recreational opportunities.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the settlement known as Rudyard, Michigan. Local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational opportunities are appropriate topics for this category.



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