Bitely, Michigan

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Bitely, Michigan
Bitely is located in Michigan
Bitely
Bitely
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 43°44′49″N 85°51′42″W / 43.74694°N 85.86167°W / 43.74694; -85.86167Coordinates: 43°44′49″N 85°51′42″W / 43.74694°N 85.86167°W / 43.74694; -85.86167
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyNewaygo
TownshipLilley
Elevation866 ft (264 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)231
GNIS feature ID1619222[1]

Bitely (which, due to a typographical error, is sometimes misspelled Biteley)[2] is an unincorporated community within Newaygo County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It also extends into Lake County as well. It is within Lilley Township about one mile west of M-37 in the Manistee National Forest. It is near Bitely Lake, Lamoreaux Lake, Isaac Lake, Houseman Lake and several smaller lakes.

It was a station on the Chicago and West Michigan Railroad (later the Pere Marquette, then the Chesapeake and Ohio, now Marquette Rail) in 1889, and given a post office on September 13, 1889, with Archer D. Martin as its first postmaster. It was named for Steven Bitely, who built a sawmill there, but due to a typographical error, the post office was initially spelled as Biteley.[2]

Bitely is located at 43°44′49″N 85°51′42″W / 43.74694°N 85.86167°W / 43.74694; -85.86167.[1] The Bitely ZIP code is 49309, and the same ZIP code also serves all of Lilley Township, most of Troy Township to the west, Home Township to the east, portions of Beaver Township to the southwest, Merrill Township to the south, Monroe Township to the southeast, Pleasant Plains Township to the north, and Yates Township to the northeast.[3]

The Bitely Homecoming parade is held the third Saturday of every July.

Bitely is also home to the Bitely Booze Olympics, founded in 2009, on Walk-up Lake.

References

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bitely, Michigan
  2. ^ a b Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  3. ^ 49309 5-Digit ZCTA, 493 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder[permanent dead link], U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census