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Situated in the easterly center of Montcalm County, the City of Stanton serves as the county seat.

Stanton straddles Day, Douglass, Evergreen, and Sidney townships, although it is administered autonomously.

The chief routes to and from the city include Stanton Road (Main Street) and M-66 (Sheridan Road), which intersect downtown. Others include Brown Road, Epley Road, Peoples Road, and Spencer Road. Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Stanton include McBride, Sheridan, Edmore, Greenville, Lakeview, Carson City, Belding, Pierson, and Ithaca, while the unincorporated communities of Westville, Sidney, and Entrican are within ten miles.

Approximately sixty percent of the homes in Stanton are owner-occupied, with the remainder being rental property. The city has a total land area of 662.4 acres, of which more than fifty percent is agricultural or vacant, more than twenty percent public or semi-public, and twenty percent residential, the vast majority being single-family residential. Less than three percent is industrial, and fewer than one percent of its land area is commercial.

Stanton's main commercial district is downtown, although there is also commercial property along M-66, both north and south of downtown.

Due to its status as the county seat, there are several government-owned buildings within the city, the largest being the County Administration Building at the west end of the downtown business district, while most of the city offices are on the east side of South Camburn Street.

Recreational facilities include Hale Brake Memorial Park, Maddie's Park, Stanton Veteran's Memorial Park, and the Frederik Meijer Heartland Trail.

The former railroad right-of-way that runs through an area just east of downtown is now part of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail, which connects Grand Rapids with several small villages and cities, including Stanton. The asphalted trail system is owned by the Rails to Trails Conservancy.

Stanton's peak population was 1,760 in 1880, after which it declined to 908 by 1940. Since then, it has had periods of decline and increases, with a population of 1,348 in 2020.

Stanton was organized in 1860 after Montcalm County citizens voted to move the county seat from Greenville to a more central location. The county acquired forty acres from Fred Hall for the site, naming the new village Fred, in his honor.

The Levi Camburn family was the first to settle in the new community, and Mr. Camburn became the first postmaster when a post office was established on March 10, 1862. The following year, the post office was renamed Stanton, in honor of Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War. Stanton was platted in 1865, incorporated as a village in 1869, and as a city in 1881.

Today, the Stanton post office serves the city and portions of the four surrounding townships.

This portion of our web guide focuses on Stanton, Michigan. Websites representing the municipal, county, and other governmental entities within the city are appropriate for this category, as are local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.


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