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Situated in the central portion of Mason County, on the western fringe of the north-central portion of the Lower Peninsula, the City of Scottville includes a portion of the Manistee National Forest and the Pere Marquette River in the south.

US-10 and US-31 come together in Scottville, connecting the city along north-south and east-west routes, although there is a US-31 bypass around the western part of the city.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Scottville include Custer, Ludington, Fountain, Freesoil, Pentwater, Manistee, Eastlake, Walkerville, Baldwin, and Hart.

Like many Michigan communities, Scottville was founded as a railroad town after a station was planned there along the Pere Marquette Railroad in 1874. The station was originally known as Mason Center for its location in the county.

In 1878, James Sweetland build a sawmill there, although he sold the mill to Hiram E. Scott and a Mr. Crowley the following year. Scott and Crowley added a store, and the community that grew up around it was known as Sweetland. On June 20, 1879, a post office was established under that name, with Chauncey W. Rickerd as postmaster.

Mr. Scott and Charles Blaine platted a townsite in 1882, naming it Scottville, and the post office took that name on September 12, 1882. Scottville was incorporated as a village in 1889, and became a city in 1907.

The K-12 population of Scottville is served by Mason County Central School District, which operates Victory Early Childhood Center, Scottville Elementary School, MCC Upper Elementary School, MCC Middle School, and MCC High School.

Constructed in 1888, the Scottville School served as the only school in Scottville until the 1950s, with additions made in 1893, 1903, 1911, and 1927. It was used as a middle school and high school until 1976, when the Mason County Central Middle School was built. From 1976 to 1979, it was used by Faith Tech, a Christian school. In the 1990s, it was a retail outlet, but was vacant from 1996 to 2012, and has been in the process of being refurbished at this time. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

This portion of our guide highlights websites representing entities within the city, such as the municipal government, local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, activities, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.


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