Grayling, Michigan

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Grayling, Michigan
City
Location of Grayling, Michigan
Location of Grayling, Michigan
Coordinates: 44°39′47″N 84°42′39″W / 44.66306°N 84.71083°W / 44.66306; -84.71083
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyCrawford
Area[1]
 • Total2.04 sq mi (5.28 km2)
 • Land2.01 sq mi (5.21 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation1,138 ft (347 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total1,884
 • Estimate (2012[3])1,874
 • Density937.3/sq mi (361.9/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes49738-49739
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-34640[4]
GNIS feature ID0627264[5]
WebsiteThe City of Grayling, Michigan
 
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Grayling, Michigan
City
Location of Grayling, Michigan
Location of Grayling, Michigan
Coordinates: 44°39′47″N 84°42′39″W / 44.66306°N 84.71083°W / 44.66306; -84.71083
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyCrawford
Area[1]
 • Total2.04 sq mi (5.28 km2)
 • Land2.01 sq mi (5.21 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation1,138 ft (347 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total1,884
 • Estimate (2012[3])1,874
 • Density937.3/sq mi (361.9/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes49738-49739
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-34640[4]
GNIS feature ID0627264[5]
WebsiteThe City of Grayling, Michigan

Grayling /ˈɡrlɪŋ/ is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Crawford County.[6] The population was 1,884 at the 2010 census.

Grayling is situated within Grayling Township, though it is politically independent. It is located in the middle of Northern Michigan. The highways ( I-75, US 127, M-72, and M-93) make it the natural 'gateway' to much of "up north," as it is known to locals and many visitors.

History[edit]

Michael Sloat Hartwick was Grayling's first settler. On the west side of the railroad tracks, he built a log hotel. The railroad platted out 40 acres (where Grayling now stands), naming it "Crawford." Fish swimming in the river were identified as Grayling fish, and it is said that the residents preferred the name "Grayling" to the name "Crawford," and renamed the area after the fish.[7]

Grayling's access to two major rivers (Au Sable River and Manistee River), and the presence of the vast forest around it, made it important in the lumber era. Logs were floated down the rivers to the lakes.[8]

Grayling had other names through the years. It was called "AuSable", "Forest", "Crawford Station", and during the lumbering era "Milltown".[9]

The Grayling Fish Hatchery was founded in 1914 by timber baron Rasmus Hanson (1846–1927).[10] He hoped to restore the Grayling to the Au Sable River system; ironically its disappearance was caused, at least in part, by the massive habitat destruction caused by logging, which was the source of Mr. Hanson's and other lumber barons' immense wealth. Other famous contributors to the initial costs of the Hatchery included Henry Ford, Edsel Ford, and Thomas Edison.[10] Sadly, the Grayling became extinct in Michigan. Nevertheless, the Hatchery continued to play an important role in natural resource conservation. In 1926 it was sold to the State of Michigan. It continued to be operated as a fish hatchery and tourist attraction until the mid-1960s. In 1995 the State of Michigan sold the property to Crawford County. It is being operated by a privately owned fish farm, although continues to be open to the public during the summer.[11]

An important person in the history of Grayling is Rasmus Hanson. Hanson was born in 1846 in Denmark and immigrated to the United States in 1867 at age 16. This is when he began work in the lumber field. Two years later he, along with E. N. Salling and Nelson Michelson, organized the first Salling-Hanson Company. After nearly 50 years of service, the Salling Hanson Company had shut down its operation in January 1927. He was a successful entrepreneur and created many businesses in Northern Michigan. Along with being one of three lumber barons of Northern Michigan, Hanson owned the Michigan Sugar Company and the Bay City Sugar Company. In 1916, he donated 13,826 acres of cut-over land in Crawford County to the state of Michigan for use as a forest game preserve and military reservation. This land became the first state-owned game preserve. The area south of Lake Margrethe (named in honor of Hanson’s wife, Margrethe) continues to be used as a National Guard base that serves Michigan, Ohio and Indiana guards.[12]

Geography[edit]

Geographic features[edit]

Climate[edit]

This climatic region has large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Grayling has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[14]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,884 people, 764 households, and 419 families residing in the city. The population density was 937.3 inhabitants per square mile (361.9 /km2). There were 890 housing units at an average density of 442.8 per square mile (171.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.7% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 764 households of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.9% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.2% were non-families. 37.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 22.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,952 people, 828 households, and 481 families residing in the city. The population density was 972.1 per square mile (375.0/km²). There were 895 housing units at an average density of 445.7 per square mile (171.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.88% White, 0.51% African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.54% of the population.

There were 828 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 38.3% 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 2.24 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 78.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,250, and the median income for a family was $29,850. Males had a median income of $29,167 versus $20,060 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,089. About 21.6% of families and 21.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.5% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Historical sites and local events[edit]

The area is proud of its history, and has preserved landmarks, which it uses for historical events, including reenactments.[15]

There are a number of recurring events in the area. A calendar is available.[16]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Government[edit]

Officials[edit]

Media[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Grayling is 4 miles (6.4 km) north of the confluence of two major north–south freeways: I-75 and US 127, and the junction with M-72, an east–west cross-peninsular state highway route.

Bus travel[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  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. ^ "Profile for Grayling, Michigan, MI". ePodunk. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Grayling Area Visitors Bureau.". 
  9. ^ Ibid.
  10. ^ a b "Rasmus Hanson picture and biography". 
  11. ^ "Grayling Recreation Authority, fish hatchery.". 
  12. ^ Granlund, Bill (January 25, 2013). "A Step Back in Time: Selling Hanson Co. saw mills cut last log in 1927". petoskeynews.com. Retrieved 15 April 2013. , originally published in the Otsego County Herald Times, October 6, 1927
  13. ^ Regional geography, geology and ecology of the area.
  14. ^ Climate Summary for Grayling, Michigan
  15. ^ Grayling Area Visitors Bureau.
  16. ^ a b "Chember of Commerce calendar of events". 
  17. ^ "Hartwick Pines State Park". 
  18. ^ "Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts, Kirtland College". 
  19. ^ "Rankings of best cross country skiing in Michigan.". 
  20. ^ Rankings and Discussion of Forbush corners Forbush Corners website
  21. ^ "Fly fish connection". 
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ "Grayling visitor center". 
  24. ^ "Hanson HIlls.". 
  25. ^ Michigan Shore to Shore Riding and Hiking Trail.
  26. ^ Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Kirtland's Warbler Populations Continue to Grow.
  27. ^ "Fred Bear". Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  28. ^ http://www.cityofgrayling.org/Departments/CityManager.aspx
  29. ^ "City of Grayling, Michigan home page". 
  30. ^ "Crawford County Avalanche". 
  31. ^ "Picture of northern terminus US 127 at Grayling, Michigan". 
  32. ^ "Endpoints of US highways". Archived from the original on 2009-10-27. 
  33. ^ "EAST LANSING-PETOSKEY-ST. IGNACE". Indian Trails. January 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 

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Coordinates: 44°39′41″N 84°42′53″W / 44.66139°N 84.71472°W / 44.66139; -84.71472