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Situated in northeastern Salem Township, in the northeastern corner of Washtenaw County, Salem, Michigan is an unincorporated community about thirty miles west of Detroit and fifteen miles northeast of Ann Arbor.

Although unincorporated communities in Michigan lack established boundaries, Salem is centered on the intersection of Currie Road and 7 Mile Road, extending south to about 6 Mile Road, and north to 8 Mile Road. However, the tightest concentration of homes is a development between 8 Mile Road and the Downing Farms Golf Course. A concentration of buildings along Salem Road, south of 6 Mile Road, would also be considered part of Salem, as the Salem post office is near there.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Salem include South Lyon, Northville, Novi, Wixom, Plymouth, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake, Milford, Livonia, Farmington, Barton Hills, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Brighton, Farmington Hills, and Westland. The unincorporated communities of Brookeville, New Hudson, Worden, Dixboro, Green Oak, Frain Lake, Emery, Northfield, and Whitmore Lake are within ten miles.

European-American settlement of the area began in 1825 when John and Joseph Dickinson came. Salem Township was formed in 1832, with George Renwick as supervisor.

The settlement was located on the Pere Marquette main line, which ran between Detroit, Plymouth, Lansing, and Grand Rapids. A Pere Marquette station and passing siding was located in Salem. The depot is now gone, however.

A post office was established as Rider's on June 4, 1831, named for the first postmaster, Ira Rider. When George Renwick became the postmaster on May 29, 1841, the office was renamed Renwick until January 28, 1846, when it was renamed Salem. It was named for the township, which itself had been named for Salem, New York, the hometown of several early settlers. The post office was closed on December 10, 1875, but, on December 15, 1876, the Summit post office was moved to this location and renamed Salem, and has been in operation since. However, much of the area generally defined as Salem is covered by the Northville post office, and Salem's facility is known as the Salem Contract Post Office.

In this portion of our guide, we will present websites representing governmental bodies, businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities in, and in close proximity to, the community of Salem, Michigan.



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