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Michigan Mini-Cities


Village of Farwell Village of Farwell
- Center of Clare County
- Founded in 1870
- Population: 871

Farwell hosts The Lumberjack Festival every year on the last weekend of July. For two days, the whole family can experience and enjoy axe throwing, chainsaw carving, log rolling, pony rides, Barrel Train rides for smaller children, Greased Pig contest, Chili Cook-off and more.


Marshall, Michigan Marshall
- Marshall is a short distance off Hwy 94 near I-69
- Established in 1830
- Population: 7,038

Marshall is best known for its cross-section of 19th- and early 20th-century architecture. It has been referred to by the keeper of the National Register of Historic Places as a "virtual textbook of 19th-Century American architecture." It is home to one of the nation's largest National Historic Landmark Districts where there are over 850 buildings included in the Landmark.


Bordine's Nursery Grindstone City
- Located in Port Austin Township, at the very tip of the thumb.
- Established: 1834
- Population: 1,591

In the early days many quarries were open and flourishing industry produced the largest and finest grindstones, scythestones, and honestones in the world. Artificial carborundum, however, ended that industry just after the 1st World War.

This small, quiet, now mostly residential town is located on a beautiful natural harbor on Lake Huron and is steeped in local mining, manufacturing, natural and nautical history. Grindstone City may not boast of anyone who went on to be world-famous, yet it is full of the spirit of our famous Michigan ingenuity and natural beauty. And, the Grindstone General Store in operation since 1890 with 34+ flavors of hand-dipped ice cream!


Mayville, MIMayville
- Located 75 miles north of Detroit in Tuscola County
- Established: 1865
- Population: †1,055

The 25th Annual Sunflower Festival will be hosted by the city of Mayville from†July 15-19, 2015, including fireworks, chicken barbecue, a grand parade and more.


Grosse Pointe Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms
- Located on the shores of Lake St. Clair in southeastern Michigan
- Established:1892
- Population: 9,500

Grosse Pointe Farms is home to the "Village" and "the Hill" both are shopping, restaurant, and office downtown district areas. The city is often referenced in movies as one that represents wealth and luxury. The largest employer in Grosse Pointe Farms is†Henry Ford Medical Center.


Portage, MIPortage
- Located in southwest Michigan, on the southern border of Kalamazoo
- Established: December 31, 1963
- Population: 46,300

While in Portage visit the Air Zoo (www.airzoo.org) featuring more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, amusement park-style rides, Full-Motion Flight Simulators, RealD 3D/4D Missions Theater, as well as historical exhibits and educational activities.

The mission of the Air Zoo is to preserve the legacy of flight for present and future generations. Itís like no place else on Earth!


Leland, MI

- Located on Michigan's west coast on the Leenanau Peninsula
- Established: 1853
- Population: 2,033

Leland's Fishtown still operates as one of the only working commercial fishing villages in the state of Michigan. Along the docks you will find weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, racks of drying fishing nets, and fish tugs on the Leland River. Many of the shanties now also house boutiques, art galleries and specialty food shops.

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