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Situated in the western Lower Peninsula of Michigan, the Village of Shelby is surrounded by Shelby Township in Oceana County.

Shelby Road (1st Street, Ferry Street) and Oceana Drive (State Street) intersect downtown, with Shelby Road connecting to US-31 west of the village. The Manistee National Forest, Silver Lake State Park, and Lake Michigan are nearby, and Piper Creek flows through the northwestern part of the village.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of the village include New Era, Hart, Rothbury, Montague, Whitehall, Pentwater, Hesperia, Walkerville, and Lakewood Club, while Preston Corners and Mears are unincorporated communities within ten miles of Shelby.

Shelby is a village of just under two thousand people, largely residential, and surrounded by agricultural land.

Founded in the 1860s, the community was originally known as Churchill's Corners, for Walter H. Churchill, who became the first postmaster on February 28, 1866, although the office was named Shelby.

The community has its roots in the lumber industry, agriculture, and tourism, all tied to its proximity to Lake Michigan. A schoolhouse was built in 1862, and the first sawmill was constructed in 1871.

The Chicago & West Michigan, which later became the Pere Marquette and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway), came through in 1872. In order to connect to the railroad, S.A. Browne, Orrin Deming, and Alexander Pittenger arranged to plat the townsite. They named it Barnett for a brakeman who had agreed to pay the recording fees, but later reneged. In 1873, an adjacent plat was made and recorded as Shelby, and both plats were incorporated as the Village of Shelby in 1885. It was named for General Isaac Shelby who, in command of the Kentucky Rangers, had helped to recapture Detroit from the British during the War of 1812.

By 1910, the village had churches, hotels, banks, a fire department, and a library. A hospital was opened in 1925. During World War II, a prisoner-of-war camp was located at what is now Getty Park, which had been deeded to the village by George B. and Sarah J. Getty in 1908.

Today, Shelby is the largest village in Oceana County, with a population similar to the City of Hart. Both the village and township halls are located within the village, along with a library, post office, and hospital. Shelby High School, Shelby Middle School, and Thomas Reed Elementary School are situated on the fringe of the downtown area.

Police services are provided by the Shelby Police Department, which consists of a police chief and four officers. Fire services are provided by the Shelby-Benona Fire Department, which has a station within the village.

The Shelby Public Works Department handles the village's water and sewer systems, snow plowing, and park maintenance tasks.

Shelby's parks include Veteran's Memorial Park, Nichol's Horseshoe Park, Wesco Park, Getty Park, Mead Park, DPW Park, Triangle Community Park and Town Square, Walnut Park, and the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park, which was founded by William Field, a Shelby native. The trail runs the length of the village for about two miles, passing through the business district.

In this portion of our web guide, we are focusing on the Village of Shelby, Michigan. Online resources for the village, township, or any other governmental bodies within the village, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, or recreational opportunities, are appropriate for this category.



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