Greenbush Township, Alcona County, Michigan

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Greenbush Township, Michigan
Greenbush Township is located in Michigan
Greenbush Township
Greenbush Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 44°33′18″N 83°20′5″W / 44.55500°N 83.33472°W / 44.55500; -83.33472Coordinates: 44°33′18″N 83°20′5″W / 44.55500°N 83.33472°W / 44.55500; -83.33472
Country United States
State Michigan
County Alcona
 • Total 26.1 sq mi (67.7 km2)
 • Land 24.9 sq mi (64.5 km2)
 • Water 1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
Elevation 636 ft (194 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,409
 • Density 56/sq mi (21.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48738 (Greenbush),
48745 (Mikado),
48750 (Oscoda)
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-34820[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626394[2]

Greenbush Township is a civil township of Alcona County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,409 at the 2010 census.[3]


Greenbush is an unincorporated community on US 23 a few miles south of Harrisville on the shores of Lake Huron at 44°35′16″N 83°18′59″W / 44.58778°N 83.31639°W / 44.58778; -83.31639 (Greenbush, Michigan).[4] In 1847-48, Crosier Davison of Detroit built a fishery and cooperage at what was then known as the Sliding Banks of the Au Sable.[5] In 1862, Morris & McDougal, of New York state, bought government pine timber land and set up lumber operations. The area became known as "McDougal's Landing". Later, William Conklin built a sawmill here, and in about 1867, at the suggestion of an employee from Greenbush, New York, the name was changed. A post office named "Greenbush" opened on May 16, 1870, with James Burton as postmaster. The name of the office was changed to "Perfection" on June 6, 1917, and changed back to Greenbush on January 8, 1921.[6][7] The Greenbush ZIP code 48738 serves the eastern portion of Greenbush Township, as well as a narrow band between US 23 and Lake Huron in southern Harrisville Township and northern Oscoda Township down to Lake to Lake Road.[8]

Mikado is to the west, and the Mikado ZIP code 48745 serves the western portion of Greenbush Township.[9]

Oscoda is to the south, and the Oscoda ZIP code 48750 also serves areas in southern Greenbush Township.[10]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 26.2 square miles (67.8 km2), of which 24.9 square miles (64.5 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.2 km2), or 4.68%, is water.[3]

Greenbush Township is part of the eastern edge of Huron National Forest, which offers outdoor recreational opportunities such as hunting, swimming, cross-country skiing and trout fishing. The forest contains 330 miles (530 km) of hiking trails. The Huron and Manistee National Forests were separately designated, but were combined in 1945 for administrative purposes.

The Lake Huron beaches in and around Greenbush Township (north from Oscoda, including state parks) have been recognized as being among the top ten in Michigan. "Old-fashioned lake vacations abound on this pretty stretch of Lake Huron."[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,499 people, 685 households, and 474 families residing in the township. The population density was 60.2 per square mile (23.2/km²). There were 1,453 housing units at an average density of 58.3 per square mile (22.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.00% White, 0.40% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.53% of the population.

There were 685 households out of which 17.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.60.

In the township the population was spread out with 17.5% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 26.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $32,823, and the median income for a family was $35,789. Males had a median income of $29,625 versus $20,385 for females. The per capita income for the township was $18,248. About 8.7% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


Greenbush Township elected officials[edit]

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at Greenbush Township Hall, 3029 Campbell Road.[12] (information as of Nov 2012)

Community notes[edit]

The Greenbush School is a one-room school and an official registered Michigan historic site, having served the community from 1870 until 1947.[14]

The Alcona County Review, located in Harrisville, is the newspaper of record, and has served the community since 1877.[15]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Greenbush Township, Alcona County, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Greenbush township, Alcona County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Greenbush, Michigan
  5. ^ Powers, Perry Francis (2005) [1912]. "Alcona County". A history of northern Michigan and its people. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. p. 501. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  6. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X. 
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Greenbush Post Office
  8. ^ 48738 5-Digit ZCTA, 487 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  9. ^ 48745 5-Digit ZCTA, 487 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  10. ^ 48750 5-Digit ZCTA, 487 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  11. ^ Detroit Free Press, May 26, 2007
  12. ^ a b c d e f Greenbush Township minutes
  13. ^ a b c d e "list of elected officials". Alcona County Review. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ Michigan Historical Markers.
  15. ^ Alcona County Review

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