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Gustin Township, Michigan
Location within Alcona County (red) and an administered portion of the village of Lincoln (pink)
Location within Alcona County (red) and an administered portion of the village of Lincoln (pink)
Gustin Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Gustin Township, Michigan
Gustin Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Gustin Township, Michigan is located in the United States
Gustin Township, Michigan
Gustin Township, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Alcona
 • Total 35.84 sq mi (92.8 km2)
 • Land 35.69 sq mi (92.4 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.4 km2)
722 ft (220 m)
 • Total 795
 • Density 22.3/sq mi (8.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48705 (Barton City)
48740 (Harrisville)
48742 (Lincoln)
48745 (Mikado)
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-35740
GNIS feature ID 1626416

Gustin Township is a civil township of Alcona County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 795 at the 2010 census.


  • Gustin is a tiny unincorporated community at 44°37′38″N 83°24′52″W / 44.62722°N 83.41444°W / 44.62722; -83.41444 (Gustin, Michigan). Gustin was a station on the Detroit, Bay City and Alpena Railroad in 1886. A post office opened on June 6, 1891, with Adelbert J. Wood as postmaster. The office was discontinued on October 15, 1910. Gustin is named after the late William Gustin Vandiford of York, who lived from 1851-1894. Vandiford was a coal miner in north eastern Michigan and a local hero.
  • Lincoln is a village situated on the boundary between Gustin and Hawes Township and is approximately evenly divided between them.
  • Killmaster is a tiny unincorporated community at 44°37′54″N 83°27′05″W / 44.63167°N 83.45139°W / 44.63167; -83.45139. Originally a lumbering town, little remains other than a cluster of several houses at Mill and Fourth and Fifth streets. It was named after lumberman John H. Killmaster who operated a local sawmill (on "Sawmill" Street which exists today). On December 15, 1885, he became the first postmaster, and the post office remained in operation until February 28, 1911. Killmaster is memorialized at the nearby Lumberman's Monument.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.8 square miles (93 km2), of which 35.7 square miles (92 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 0.44%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 696
1970 613 −11.9%
1980 796 29.9%
1990 823 3.4%
2000 832 1.1%
2010 795 −4.4%
Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.

As of the census of 2000, there were 832 people, 358 households, and 239 families residing in the township. The population density was 23.3 per square mile (9.0/km2). There were 483 housing units at an average density of 13.5 per square mile (5.2/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.44% White, 0.60% Native American, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.24% of the population.

There were 358 households, out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the township the population was spread out, with 20.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $27,350, and the median income for a family was $31,806. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $17,083 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,848. About 11.8% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over.


The Alcona Community Schools campus is in Gustin Township.

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