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The Village of Vernon, Michigan is in the northwestern corner of Vernon Township, in Shiawassee County, about forty miles southwest of Lansing.

The chief routes through the village include M-71, Bennington Road (Main Street), and Vernon Road (Maple Street).

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Vernon include Durand, Bancroft, Corunna, Lennon, Owosso, Gaines, Byron, Morrice, Swartz Creek, Perry, New Lothrop, Flushing, Ovid, Oakley, Laingsburg, Flint, Chesaning, Linden, Fowlerville, Montrose, and Burton, while the unincorporated communities of Shiawasseetown, Kerby, Middletown, and Duffield are within ten miles of the village.

The Shiawassee River flows through the western portion of the village, forming a small part of its western boundary.

The largest land use area in the village is residential, which includes single-family, duplex, and multi-family buildings. As Vernon is largely a bedroom community, it can be expected that residential would be the largest land use area in the village. The heart of the residential district is north of the business district, an area that developed slowly on irregularly-sized lots as parcels of land were split and combined. Since 2000, the residential area has declined somewhat, as residential land has been repurposed for public or semi-public use.

Commercial property in Vernon is greatest in its central business district, on both sides of Main Street between Walnut Street and Church Street, but there are other commercial properties throughout the village, particularly along M-71.

Vernon has two parks: Sexton Park and Crawford Memorial Park.

Vernon's peak population was 1,008 in 1980. Since then, it has declined each decade to 738 in 2020. Its lowest population was 417 in 1920.

Vernon was first settled by European-Americans in 1833 when Henry Leach came to the area from Detroit. He was soon followed by a squatter named Lathrup and Jacob Wilkinson, who would become the first permanent settler, as the others soon moved on.

A post office was established on September 6, 1842, with James Ratan as postmaster. Like many Michigan communities, the lumber industry was one of the first attractions to the area, and the railroad helped to boost its population.

The Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad ran its track through the settlement and opened a depot in Vernon in 1856. The Ann Arbor Railroad came through later, using the GTW track. The GTW and the AA railroads both had station agents in Vernon during the day. Today, the Great Lakes Central Railroad still uses the track through Vernon, although its depot is no longer open.

The village was platted in 1856, but not recorded until 1866. The first store in Vernon was opened by Milo Harrington in 1857, and the village was incorporated in 1871. Russell E. Bell, a former president of the Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad, was elected as the village's first president. Vernon was named for the township, which was itself reportedly named for George Washington's home, Mount Vernon.

Today, Vernon doesn't have a lot of industry, although it does support some commercial businesses serving local residents as well as passersby on the state highway.

The focal point of this portion of our guide is the Village of Vernon, Michigan. Online resources for the municipality and any other governmental entities located within the village, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities within the village, are appropriate for this category.



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