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Focus on Montague

Location: Montague
Population: 2,361

Montague is home to 2,361 residents. Since the first house and blacksmith shop were built in 1841, the community developed a friendly characteristic that prevails today. In 1937, Montague became one of the first home rule cities in Michigan. One of the city’s first citizens, Job Sargent, a veteran of the War of 1812, was awarded a grant of Michigan Territory where Montague now exists. Another early citizen, William Ferry, who platted the village, named the streets after Civil War generals and heroes in recognition of his son, Colonel Noel Ferry, who was killed at Gettysburg. Another son, Thomas White Ferry, served as a U.S. senator and president pro tem of the Senate (he was technically President for one day, in-between Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes).

With the pristine White River feeding into White Lake and then Lake Michigan, boating, sailing, and extraordinary fishing offer enjoyment in all seasons. Michigan’s first linear State Park, the Hart-Montague Trail, offers 22 miles of scenic hiking, bicycling, and snowmobiling. The trail head and restroom is one block from downtown, and two connecting trails offer more recreational enjoyment and access to several city parks. Adjacent to the main bike trail is the city’s Trailway Campground, with 54 fully serviced sites right down-town amongst a 100-year-old soda fountain, antique shops, book store, art gallery, senior center, waterfront hotel, farmers market, and an original Dog-n-Suds drive-in restaurant.

From 1850 to 1908, there were 16 lumber mills operating on White Lake—many homes built by the lumber barons of the day still exist. Montague has excellent schools, located in residential neighborhoods, and six churches that serve the spiritual needs of its community and extends its benevolence beyond the city limits. Major annual events include Cruz’in and the Pumpkin Roll down the main street hill.

Those who leave Montague return often, and many move back “home” because of fond memories of friendly neighborhoods, a slower pace of life, and unlimited recreational opportunities. Visit once and you’ll be back! The World’s Largest Weathervane is right downtown, topped by a real ghost story sailing ship, the Ellenwood. Come visit Ellenwood Park and learn its real story!



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