Rockland Township, Michigan

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Rockland Township, Michigan
Township
Rockland Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Rockland Township, Michigan
Rockland Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 46°43′18″N 89°12′43″W / 46.72167°N 89.21194°W / 46.72167; -89.21194Coordinates: 46°43′18″N 89°12′43″W / 46.72167°N 89.21194°W / 46.72167; -89.21194
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ontonagon
Area
 • Total 93.8 sq mi (243.0 km2)
 • Land 92.8 sq mi (240.3 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
Elevation 902 ft (275 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 324
 • Density 3.5/sq mi (1.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 49912 (Bruce Crossing),
49925 (Ewen),
49953 (Ontonagon),
49960 (Rockland)
Area code(s) 906
FIPS code 26-69140[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626992[2]

Rockland Township is a civil township of Ontonagon County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 324 at the 2000 census.

Communities[edit]

  • Rockland is an unincorporated community in the township at 46°44′17″N 89°10′47″W / 46.73806°N 89.17972°W / 46.73806; -89.17972.[3] The Rockland Mine opened in 1847 and a post office named Rockland opened in January 1853 and closed in September 1860. A post office also opened at Minesota Mine in May 1857, which was renamed to National in March 1861. In December 1863, the National post office was changed to Rockford. A settlement named Rosendale was laid out by the Minesota Mining Company in 1858. Another settlement named Williamsburg was platted by William Sheppard and William Davey. A third settlement named Webster was platted by James Cooper. The three adjacent plats were consolidated into Rockland in 1864.[4][5] The Rockland ZIP code 49960 provides P.O. Box only service for a small area in the township surrounding the community.[6]
  • Victoria was a settlement in the township housing workers at the Victoria Mine at 46°41′57″N 89°13′47″W / 46.69917°N 89.22972°W / 46.69917; -89.22972.[7] A post office was established September 1899. The village was abandoned after the mine closed in 1921, although the post office operated until December 1935.[8] Like some other mines in the area, Victoria Mine was financed by British interests and was named for Queen Victoria.[4]
  • Bruce Crossing is to the south, and the Bruce Crossing ZIP code 49912 serves an area in the southeast part of the township.[9]
  • Ewen is to the southwest, and the Ewen ZIP code serves much of the southwest part of the township.[10]
  • Mass City is to the northeast, and the Mass City ZIP code 49948 serves an area in the northeast part of the township.[11]
  • Ontonagon is a village to the north, and the Ontonagon ZIP code 49953 serves an area in the northwest part of the township.[12]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 93.8 square miles (243 km2), of which 92.8 square miles (240 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (1.09%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 324 people, 134 households, and 90 families residing in the township. The population density was 3.5 per square mile (1.3/km²). There were 215 housing units at an average density of 2.3 per square mile (0.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.84% White, 0.31% African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.62% Asian, and 0.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

There were 134 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the township the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 102.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $32,250, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $30,938 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,319. About 2.4% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • Jack Carkeek, a famous pro wrestler of the late 19th century, was born in Rockland.
  • Joseph G. Pinten, Roman Catholic bishop, was born in Rockland.

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