Holton Township, Michigan
Holton Township, Michigan
|• Total||35.7 sq mi (92.5 km2)|
|• Land||35.2 sq mi (91.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)|
|Elevation||735 ft (224 m)|
|• Density||70.4/sq mi (27.2/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1626482|
- Brunswick is a small unincorporated community in section 13 of the township at  on M-120 at the eastern boundary with section 18 of Sheridan Township in Newaygo County. It was founded about 1875 as the point where the stage coach road met the Pere Marquette Railway line between Muskegon and White Cloud. Passengers and mail were taken north from here to Hesperia. The settlement was first called "County Line" and later "Marionville", after the first postmaster, Isaac Marion. However, the post office, established May 1881, was called "Dash." It was renamed Brunswick, Muskegon County in September 1897 and transferred to Newaygo County in April 1943. Originally there was a feed store in the community for farmers, and in the rear of that building there was a small post office. Both have since closed, and it is now served by the post office in neighboring Holton. St. Michaels Catholic Church and cemetery are located there. The community is located at the end of Brunswick Road. While the CSX rail line still runs through the town, train station has closed.
- Holton is a small unincorporated community at the corners of sections 22, 23, 26 and 27 of the township at  about 15 miles northeast of Muskegon and about 15 miles east of Lake Michigan. Holton was platted in 1871 and named for Henry H. Holt, a Muskegon County delegate to the State Constitutional Convention of 1867 and later Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1873-76. He donated the bell to the local Methodist Church. A post office was established in February 1872. The Holton ZIP code, 49425, serves most of the township as well as the southwest corner of Sheridan Township on the east, the northwest corner of Bridgeton Township on the southeast, the northern part of Cedar Creek Township on the south, portions of Easter and northeastern Blue Lake Township on the west, the southeast corner of Otto Township on the northwest, and the southern portion of Greenwood Township on the north.
- The city of Fremont is to the east and the Fremont ZIP code, 49412, serves the northeastern corner of the township.
- Twin Lake is an unincorporated community to the southwest. The Twin Lake ZIP code, 49457, serves the southwest corner of the township.
In 2000, Holton was one of only seven school districts in the state of Michigan that would have been eligible for private school vouchers, on which there was a statewide referendum that year. Most residents were opposed to the measure, since they did not want competition for the local public school. The measure was defeated in Holton and across the state by about a 2:1 ratio.
The main festival of the year, Holton Days, is held in the last weekend of July.
The Holton Red Devils have a state title in volleyball in 1994. They were also runner-up in 1993. In baseball they were state runner-up in 2006, losing to #1 state ranked Homer 3-2.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.7 square miles (92 km2), of which 35.2 square miles (91 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (1.43%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,532 people, 903 households, and 682 families residing in the township. The population density was 71.9 per square mile (27.8/km²). There were 980 housing units at an average density of 27.8 per square mile (10.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 96.01% White, 0.43% African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.
There were 903 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the township the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 110.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.9 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $37,813, and the median income for a family was $41,637. Males had a median income of $33,333 versus $22,857 for females. The per capita income for the township was $16,210. About 7.1% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Holton Township, Michigan
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brunswick, Michigan
- Romig, Walter (1986) . Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
- Station: Brunswick, Michigan, Michigan's Internet Railroad History Museum
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Holton, Michigan
- 49425 5-Digit ZCTA, 494 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
- 49412 5-Digit ZCTA, 494 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
- 49457 5-Digit ZCTA, 494 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census