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Waldron, Michigan is the only incorporated village in Wright Township. Situated in the southeast corner of Hillsdale County, the village is near the Ohio border.

Waldron is served largely by Waldron Road (Main Street) and Broom Road (Church Street). Lesser routes include Center Road (Center Street), South Road (which forms the southern boundary of the village), and Lee Road (which forms its eastern boundary) and continues into Ohio, where it becomes County Road 2150.

Incorporated Michigan cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Waldron include Morenci, Hudson, Clayton, Camden, Addison, North Adams, Hillsdale, Montgomery, and Reading, while the unincorporated communities of Betzer, Prattville, and Ransom are within ten miles.

Incorporated Ohio cities and villages within twenty-five miles are Fayette, Pioneer, West Unity, Holiday City, Stryker, West Jefferson, Montpelier, and Bryan, while the census-designated places of Alvordton and Kunkle are within ten miles of Waldron.

Waldron has never been a large town. It first appeared on a census roll in 1890 with a population of 365. Except for a significant decline in 1930, buoyed by a large increase in 1970, its population had increased gradually to a peak of 590 in 2000. Since then, it has declined to 505 in 2020.

Reportedly, Russell Coman became the first European-American settler in the area when he came from New York in 1835. As a settlement began to form there, early settlers proposed to list the new settlement as Coman, for its first settler. However, due to a clerical error, it was recorded as Canaan. In 1844, it was renamed Wright, for the township. When a post office was established on November 2, 1855, it was named South Wright, for its location in the township. Joel S. Hubbard was the first postmaster.

In 1877, the north section of the village was platted and named for Henry Waldron, a Hillsdale resident who served in the US House of Representatives from 1855 to 1861, and again from 1871 to 1877. According to some reports, Congressman Waldron was so honored because he donated a bell for the schoolhouse. Waldron was incorporated as a village in 1905.

The New York Central Railroad once had a depot in Waldron. The most recent depot building still exists, but is used as a grain storage building.

Although the village's population has not declined significantly, it has shifted from a manufacturing base to a bedroom community. A website maintained by a Waldron native (who operates an N-scale model railroad layout based on the NYCR line in Michigan) states that the town "went from a stop light to a blinking light, and now a four-way stop."

Waldron Area Schools provides K-12 education to the village, although its campuses are just north of the village limits.

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