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Harrisville is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Alcona County.[6] The population was 493 at the 2010 census. The city is surrounded by Harrisville Township, but is administratively autonomous. Located on Lake Huron, it is an official Michigan Department of Natural Resources Harbor of Refuge.[7]

City of Harrisville
Harrisville
City
Harrisville Harbor, Labor Day Weekend 2007
Harrisville Harbor, Labor Day Weekend 2007
Location of Harrisville, Michigan
Location of Harrisville, Michigan
Coordinates: 44°39′28″N 83°17′41″W / 44.65778°N 83.29472°W / 44.65778; -83.29472
Country United States
State Michigan
County Alcona
Area[1]
 • Total 0.61 sq mi (1.58 km2)
 • Land 0.61 sq mi (1.58 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 623 ft (190 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 493
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 469
 • Density 810/sq mi (310/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48740
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-36860[4]
GNIS feature ID 0627866[5]

Contents

HistoryEdit

The place was first known as Davison's Mill after Crosier Davison, who in partnership with Simeon Holden, had purchased land and water power rights here in 1854. Benjamin Harris and his sons, Levi and Henry, of West Bloomfield, New York bought out the partners. A post office established on September 16, 1857 was named Harrisville, with Levi as the first postmaster.[8]

The Harris sold out to Weston, (George L.) Colwell & Company, who had H.G. Rothwell plat the community in 1870.[8] Harrisville was incorporated as a village in 1887[8] and as a city in 1905.[9]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.61 square miles (1.58 km2), all land.[1] It is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.

The city is on the western shore of Lake Huron and has a harbor for recreational boaters. The harbor is a center for salmon and trout fishing.[10] It is also a designated "Harbor of Refuge" on Lake Huron by the US Coast Guard.

The town also boasts Harrisville State Park, which includes a wooded campground along the beach.

Sturgeon Point Light Station, a lighthouse and museum, is a few miles to the north, and is open to the public.

Harrisville is on the edge of Huron National Forest, which offers outdoor recreational opportunities such as hunting, swimming, cross-country skiing and trout fishing. The forest contains 330 miles (530 km) of hiking trails. The Huron and Manistee National Forests were separately designated, but were combined in 1945 for administrative purposes.

The Lake Huron beaches in and around Harrisville (including two state parks) have been recognized as being among the "top ten in Michigan." "Old-fashioned lake vacations abound on this pretty stretch of Lake Huron."[11]

Harrisville is situated along the Lake State Railway, formerly the Detroit and Mackinac Railway (D&M). The D&M passenger depot is made of stone, which makes it one of two along the railway (the other being in Standish).[12] It is privately maintained by local citizens as part of the municipality's historical legacy.[13]

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1880 549
1890 987 79.8%
1900 403 −59.2%
1910 444 10.2%
1920 460 3.6%
1930 438 −4.8%
1940 437 −0.2%
1950 485 11.0%
1960 487 0.4%
1970 541 11.1%
1980 559 3.3%
1990 470 −15.9%
2000 514 9.4%
2010 493 −4.1%
Est. 2016 469 [3] −4.9%
Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 493 people, 231 households, and 130 families residing in the city. The population density was 808.2 inhabitants per square mile (312.0/km2). There were 329 housing units at an average density of 539.3 per square mile (208.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 0.6% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 231 households of which 18.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.7% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.55.

The median age in the city was 51.6 years. 16.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.2% were from 25 to 44; 29% were from 45 to 64; and 29.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.0% male and 55.0% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 514 people, 239 households, and 131 families residing in the city. The population density was 831.2 per square mile (320.1/km²). There were 327 housing units at an average density of 528.8 per square mile (203.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.94% White, 2.14% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.97% Asian, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 239 households out of which 18.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 41.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.57.

In the city, the population was spread out with 16.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 29.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $34,286. Males had a median income of $23,625 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,983. About 9.3% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.8% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

TransportationEdit

Major highwaysEdit

  •   US 23, north of Standish, it has been designated the Sunrise Side Coastal Highway, and runs along the Lake Huron shoreline. US 23 is the most proximate connector to I-75, to which it connects in Standish, about 75 miles (121 km) to the south. About 135 miles (217 km) to the north is Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Bridge and the north end of the lower peninsula's I-75.
  •   M-72 In 1936, downtown Harrisville became the eastern terminus[14] of the 133-mile (214 km) M-72, which runs across the lower peninsula from Empire. It is one of three true cross-peninsular highways.[15]

BusEdit

AirportEdit

Harrisville City Airport is 2200 feet (671 m) in length; it is located on Walker Road.[17] A larger public airport that serves the area and has nearly all weather capability is Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport.

Local eventsEdit

 
Harmony Weekend 2007, Parade
 
Harmony Weekend 2007, Craft Show
 
Harmony Weekend 2007, Men's Full Chorus

GovernmentEdit

  • Mayor John Dobis (R)[18]
  • Clerk Barbara Pierce (R)[18]
  • Treasurer Thomas Keerl (R)[18]
  • Alderman Ward I Paul T. Dwyer, (R)[18]
  • Alderman Ward II Joan Crick (D)[18]
  • Alderman Ward II James Kaiser (D)[18]
  • Alderman Ward III Noel Lemere (D)[18]
  • Alderman Ward III Barbara Pierce (D)[18]

(information as of May 2012)

Notable residentsEdit

  • Casey Makela, the author of bestselling books on soap making,[19] and owner of the Killmaster Soap & Woolen Works,[20] lives in Harrisville.
  • Harrisville was the birthplace, home town and burial place of Baseball Hall of Famer Hazen Shirley "Kiki" Cuyler, and he is memorialized on a section of M-72 and in a local baseball field. A local bar that he owned still bears his name.[21]

MediaEdit

Further readingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "DNR - Harbors". michigan.gov. 
  8. ^ a b c Romig 1986, pp. 254.
  9. ^ "The 18 tiniest cities in Michigan". Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. December 4, 2016. p. 15. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Facts To Consider Before You Sell Gold". hvharbor.com. 
  11. ^ Detroit Free Press, May 26, 2007
  12. ^ "How Harrisville got a Stone Depot". michiganrailroads.com. 
  13. ^ Detroit and Mackinac Railway Harrisville station.
  14. ^ "Photos of ends of M-72.". state-ends.com. 
  15. ^ History of Michigan highways.
  16. ^ "BAY CITY-ALPENA-CHEBOYGAN-ST. IGNACE" (PDF). Indian Trails. March 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  17. ^ Harrisville City Airport map
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h "list of elected officials". Alcona County Review. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ "2002 Shows," Michigan Magazine, Accessed December 9, 2007.
  20. ^ Killmaster (named for lumberman John Killmaster, its founder who is buried in Harrisville) is a ghost town in Alcona County. See Gustin Township, Michigan.
  21. ^ "Kiki Cuyler". Baseball reference.com. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 

SourcesEdit

Coordinates: 44°39′23″N 83°17′41″W / 44.65639°N 83.29472°W / 44.65639; -83.29472