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Situated along Muskellunge Lake, which occupies much of the eastern portion of the community, Trufant, Michigan is in southeast Maple Valley Township, in Montcalm County.

Muskellunge Lake is a 134-acre body of water with a maximum depth of thirty-one feet. It drains south through a chain of lakes to Clear Creek and, from there, to the Flat River, a tributary of the Grand River. Leading from the lake, a stream forms most of the southern boundaries of the Trufant census-designated-place (CDP), while another stream roughly forms a large portion of its western boundary, with both streams coming together at the southern tip of the CDP.

Several other lakes are nearby, particularly north, northeast, and south of the CDP.

As an unincorporated area in Michigan, Trufant has no legally defined boundaries, but it is a census-designated place, for the purpose of the US census, which does have defined boundaries that may or may not conform to what is locally known as the Trufant community.

No major highways run to or through the Trufant community. Its main routes are Black Road, Briggs Road (which forms much of the northern boundary of the CDP), Kohler Road, Masters Road, and Stanton Road.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Trufant include Pierson, Sand Lake, Howard City, Lakeview, Stanton, Greenville, Cedar Springs, Morley, McBride, Sheridan, Belding, Edmore, Rockford, and Stanwood, while the unincorporated communities of Coral and Gowen are within ten miles.

Trufant is mostly in Maple Valley Township, although portions of Pine Township to the east, and a small area of Spencer Township to the south, are generally considered to be part of the community.

Trufant was named for Emery Trufant, who built the first water-powered sawmill in the area in 1872, and is recognized as its first settler. Edwin Russell built another mill nearby, in a place that became known as Russell's Mills.

A post office was established on December 11, 1871, with Joseph B. Hileman as postmaster.

Mr. Trufant sold his land and mill to Joseph B. Hileman and Jacob Hessler, who built a steam-powered mill on the site, and laid out the village in 1874, recording it in honor of the community's first settler on March 10, 1875. Trufant was never incorporated as a village, however.

Trufant did have a railroad depot, established along the Pere Marquette branch line between Greenville and Howard City, that served the area potato industry, with potato sheds located near the depot.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the small community and CDP known as Trufant, Michigan. Online resources for businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities within the community are appropriate for this part of our guide.



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