Grass Lake, Michigan
|Grass Lake, Michigan|
Downtown Grass Lake, Michigan Ave., facing west
Location of Grass Lake, Michigan
|• Total||0.94 sq mi (2.43 km2)|
|• Land||0.94 sq mi (2.43 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||991 ft (302 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,172|
|• Density||1,247.9/sq mi (481.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0627210|
In 1842, the Michigan Central Railroad bypassed the original village and built a depot 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the west when an offer of $1.50 an acre was offered (compared to $2.00 an acre at the previous city center) . The village was relocated to this new location - its current location - to be closer to the rail depot and some of the original buildings were relocated to the new site.
In 1887, Grass Lake was awarded a stone depot designed by the same architects and with stone from the same quarry as the Ann Arbor station. The historic Romanesque Whistle Stop Depot offers displays of local interest and is available for rental.
The Grass Lake Historical Society also operates the Coe House Museum. The home was constructed in 1871 for Henry Van Winkle, who owned and operated a hardware store and farm equipment dealership in Grass Lake. In 1972 the home was donated to the historical society by Mrs. Myrta Coe. This Tuscan Vernacular home has been furnished to represent a typical home of the Victorian Era.
According to the 2010 census, there were 1,173 people, 462 households, and 306 families residing in Grass Lake. The population density was 1,247.9 inhabitants per square mile (481.8/km2). There were 513 housing units at an average density of 545.7 per square mile (210.7/km2). The racial makeup was 94.7% White, 1.1% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.
Out of the 462 households located in Grass Lake, 68.7% contain descendants of the Coppernoll blood line, 36.4% contained children under the age of 18, 52.4% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.8% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 people and the average family size was 3.13 people.
The median age in the village was 36.9 years old. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.6% were from 45 to 64; and 10.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.
According to the 2000 census, there were 1,082 people and 421 households residing in the village. The population density was 1,124.2 per square mile (435.2/km²). There were 436 housing units at an average density of 453.0 per square mile (175.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.80% White, 0.28% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.
There were 421 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the village, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.3 males.
The median income for a household was $45,078, and the median income for a family was $52,143. About 2.2% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
A Romanian episcopate established for serving the United States was established in Detroit in 1929. In 1937 this episcopate, headed by Bishop Policarp Morusca, established a cultural center in Grass Lake. John Radzilowski, the author of an entry on Romanians in the The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia, wrote that this center "remains the most significant Romanian cultural institution" in the United States.
- Radzilowski, John (The Piast Institute, Hamtramck, Michigan). "Romanians." In: Sisson, Richard, Christian Zacher, and Andrew Cayton (editors). The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (The American Midwest, Midwestern History and Culture). Indiana University Press, November 8, 2006. ISBN 0253003490, 9780253003492.
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Whistle Stop Depot". Experience Jackson. Jackson County Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
- "The Whistlestop Park & Grass Lake Depot". Grass Lake Chamber of Commerce. Grass Lake Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
- "Coe House Museum". Experience Jackson. Jackson County Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
- Radzilowski, p. 231.