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The Village of Tustin, Michigan is in east Burdell Township, in northwest Osceola County.

20 Mile Road (Church Street) and Tustin Road (Neilson Street) intersect in the upper center of the village, and these are the main routes to and from Tustin.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Tustin include LeRoy, Cadillac, Luther, Marion, Reed City, McBain, Hersey, Evart, and Lake City, while the unincorporated communities of Dighton, Cherry Grove, Wedgewood, and Hobart are within ten miles.

Edgett Creek flows through the western portion of Tustin, while the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail passes through the downtown district in the eastern part of the village. The trail extends from northern Grand Rapids to Cadillac, following the path graded for the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad (later, the Pennsylvania Railroad), and connects to other trail systems in the state.

With a population of 270, as of the 2020 census, Tustin is a relatively small village. Its peak population was 371 in 1910.

The first settler in the area that would later become Tustin was William J. Townsend, who came in 1872. The village was founded that year when the Grand Rapids & Indiana (Pennsylvania) Railroad came through, and Daniel McGovern opened the first store. The settlement was named for Dr. J.P. Tustin, a medical missionary, who was sent to Sweden by the railroad to recruit laborers, returning with about three hundred Swedish immigrants.

Originally, the colony was named New Bleking, but it was renamed for Dr. Tustin when a post office was established on April 10, 1872. Tustin, Wisconsin, and Tustin, California were later named for Dr. Tustin, as well.

The Michigan East & West Railroad also came through Tustin, crossing under the Grand Rapids & Indiana grade en route to its connection with the Ann Arbor Railroad at Marion. The GR&I Railroad opened a depot in Tustin, handling freight, as well as one passenger, train each way between Manistee and Marion, via Tustin.

Tustin was incorporated as a village in 1893.

Since 1961, Tustin has been home to the Kettunen Center, a conference and retreat center operated by the Michigan 4-H Foundation. However, in the summer of 2021, Camp Gan Israel of Michigan, a branch of Camp Gan Israel in Kiryat Gan Israel, purchased the Kettunen Center. At this point, it is uncertain what their intentions are for the property, but Camp Gan Israel operates Chabad-affiliated summer camps for unaffiliated Jewish children.

Tustin is a small, quiet village. Many of the few commercial operations in the village have been owned and operated by the same families for several years.

This portion of our guide is focused on the Village of Tustin, Michigan. Online resources for the municipal government, any other governmental bodies within the village, and local businesses, industries, schools, churches, and other places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, or recreational opportunities are appropriate for this category.



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