|Unincorporated community & Census-designated place (CDP)|
|• Total||5.92 sq mi (15.3 km2)|
|• Land||5.73 sq mi (14.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.19 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|Elevation||856 ft (261 m)|
|• Density||363.5/sq mi (140.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||620744|
Bath is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in Bath Township, Clinton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is situated just north of exit 92 off Interstate 69, about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of East Lansing.
Bath was platted in 1864. The community has no elected officials nor any separate governmental functions from the township and serves to generally describe the central business district of Bath Township, centered at Webster and Clark roads. Bath is the home of the 2007 Class C Boys Basketball State Champions, and, between 1982 and 2002, was the home of the sportsman TV series, Fred Trost's Practical Sportsman.
Bath School disaster
On May 18, 1927, in what became known as the Bath School disaster, Andrew Kehoe, a farmer and local school board member angry over losing an election for town clerk and under notice for foreclosure, killed his wife, detonated bombs in his house and farm buildings, and at the same time set off a bomb in the consolidated school. He drove to the school in a truck rigged with more explosives, which he detonated next to the school superintendent. In all, Kehoe killed 44 people, 38 of them children, and himself, in the worst school murders in U.S. history. Only half of the 1,000 pounds (450 kg) of explosives set under the school went off, probably greatly lowering the death toll. Thirty-eight of the 314 students, three teachers, the superintendent, the postmaster and a local farmer assisting at the scene were killed. Most of the dead were students from second to sixth grade. Fifty-eight others were injured.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bath, Michigan
- Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names (Grosse Pointe: Walter Romig, n.d.), p. 46
- Monty J. Ellsworth, Bath School Disaster, May 1927, full text online of book published soon after the bombing, written by a local resident and witness