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Bascule bridge and riverfront of downtown Manistee
Location of Manistee, Michigan
|• Total||4.53 sq mi (11.73 km2)|
|• Land||3.28 sq mi (8.49 km2)|
|• Water||1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)|
|Elevation||663 ft (202 m)|
|• Density||1,864.59/sq mi (719.97/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1620680|
Manistee ( man-IS-tee) is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,259 at the 2020 census. It is the county seat and only city of Manistee County. The name "Manistee" is from an Ojibwe word first applied to the principal river of the county. The derivation is not certain, but it may be from ministigweyaa, "river with islands at its mouth". Other sources claim that it was an Ojibwe term meaning "spirit of the woods".
Manistee Township is to the northeast of the city, but is politically separate. The city is at the mouth of the Manistee River on Lake Michigan. The Charter Township of Filer is to the south of Manistee, while Stronach Township is to the east.
In 1751, a Jesuit Mission was established in Manistee. Missionaries visited Manistee in the early 19th century, and a Jesuit mission house is known to have been located on the NW shore of Manistee Lake in 1826. In 1832, a group of traders from Massachusetts built a log house up the Manistee River. However, they were soon driven off by the Ottawa. The first white settlement and sawmill was built there in 1841.
The village of Manistee was one of about 15 Ottawa villages along the shore of Lake Michigan in 1830. Much of the Manistee River Valley, including Manistee itself, was an Ottawa Reservation from 1836-1848.
The first permanent Euro-American settlement was made on April 16, 1841, when John Stronach and his son, Adam Stronach, arrived at the mouth of the Manistee River in a schooner loaded with fifteen men and equipment, and established a saw mill.
In 1846, the town was named "Manistee" but was a part of Ottawa County, with county offices 100 mies away at Grand Haven. After a series of new counties being drawn up, by 1855 it became part of a Manistee county that also included modern day Manistee, Wexford and Missaukee Counties.
On October 8, 1871, the town was practically destroyed by fire; on the same day the Peshtigo Fire, the Great Chicago Fire, and fires in Port Huron and Holland occurred, the Great Michigan Fire lit up Manistee. Manistee was incorporated as a city in 1882.
In 2000, Manistee made national headlines after a judge and jury convicted a woman for expressing privately to her mother her wish that immigrants would learn English, deeming it "insulting conduct" consisting of "fighting words" that was punishable under local ordinance. Allegations of improper procedure and irregularities in the court records appeared. Two years later (November 1, 2002) and after the defendant spent four nights in jail, the conviction was overturned by the state Court of Appeals.
- According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.47 square miles (11.58 km2), of which 3.29 square miles (8.52 km2) is land and 1.18 square miles (3.06 km2) is water.
- At the mouth of the Manistee River is the Manistee Pierhead lights (north and south piers) that were built in 1873, and replaced in 1927.
- Manistee is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.
|Climate data for Manistee|
|Average high °F (°C)||30
|Average low °F (°C)||17
|Precipitation inches (mm)||2.13
|Source: U.S. Climate Data,|
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,226 people, 2,816 households, and 1,614 families residing in the city. The population as of 2013 is 6117. The population density was 1,892.4 inhabitants per square mile (730.7/km2). There were 3,599 housing units at an average density of 1,093.9 per square mile (422.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.5% White, 0.5% African American, 3.8% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.
There were 2,816 households, of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.7% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.82.
The median age in the city was 43.6 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.9% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.
Manistee is home to 10 West Studios which produces full-length motion pictures. Notable movies include: What If..., starring Kevin Sorbo and John Ratzenberger filmed in Manistee, Jerusalem Countdown featuring Randy Travis, Stacy Keach and Lee Majors, and Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy starring Christopher Lloyd and Ernie Hudson also filmed in Manistee.
- Orchard Beach State Park is approximately 2 miles North of Manistee.
- Little River Casino Resort is approximately 5 miles North-East of Manistee.
- Manistee National Golf Resort is approximately 2 miles South of Manistee.
- Manistee Golf and Country Club was established in 1901 and is located within the city of Manistee.
- There are three public beaches, Fifth Avenue Beach with the small man-made lake next to Fifth Avenue Beach and First Street Beach, located respectively north and south of the harbor entrance on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Local events and attractions
Manistee has museums, an opera house, and recurring events. These include:
- Arcadia Area Historical Museum
- Brethren Heritage Museum
- Kaleva Bottle House Museum also known as the John J. Makinen Bottle House
- Manistee County Historical Museum
- Manistee National Forest Festival
- Marilla Historical Museum
- Our Savior's Historical Museum
- Ramsdell Theatre, home to the Manistee Civic Players. and the Manistee Art Institute.
- Page Road
- SS City of Milwaukee, a National Historic Landmark
- Victorian Manistee Tours
- Historic Vogue Theatre built in 1938, having Art Deco/Art Moderne design elements, and considered to be notable.
- Waterworks Building
Manistee has a historic downtown with many original buildings from the Victorian era. The entire Downtown District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are a good variety of retail stores in Manistee, many of which are locally owned and operated.
- Over 40 charter fishing boats operate on Lake Michigan from Manistee County ports.
- Fishing in the Manistee River can yield salmon and steelhead.
- Because a large portion of the county is public land, hunting is popular.
- Filmmaker Michael Moore visited Manistee in February 2011 to support the restoration of the Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee.
The Manistee Saints are a semi-professional baseball team that have called Manistee home since 1934. Their home games are at Rietz Park in Manistee. Formerly, the Manistee Colts and the Manistee Champs played in the Michigan State League, a minor league baseball league.
There are many golf courses located around the city of Manistee.
- Manistee National Golf and Resort
- Manistee Country Club
- Fox Hills Golf Course
- Heathlands Golf Course
- Bear Lake County Highlands
- Fawn Crest Golf Course
- Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course
- Crystal Mountain
- Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort
There are also two ski resorts near the city of Manistee.
- Manistee is served by Manistee County Blacker Airport (IATA: MBL, ICAO: KMBL, FAA LID: MBL), approximately three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the city. Since May 2012, Public Charters offers non-stop scheduled flights to and from Chicago Midway International Airport.
- US 31 / LMCT traverses the heart of Manistee, running southerly toward Scottville and Muskegon and northerly toward Bear Lake and Traverse City.
- M-22 / LMCT begins five miles (8.0 km) northeast of Manistee
- M-55 begins one mile (1.6 km) northeast of Manistee and proceeds easterly across the Lower Peninsula to Tawas City.
- Invalid type: M 1973 is a former state trunkline that used to run from US 31 on the city line of Manistee and Parkdale within Manistee Township to Orchard State Park. It was decommissioned in 2003.
- Dave Campbell, baseball player and sportscaster
- Byron M. Cutcheon, Civil War veteran and winner of the Medal of Honor, Congressman, attorney, and postmaster
- Fred W. Green, Governor of Michigan, 1927–1931
- Nels Johnson and his business of Century tower clocks
- James Earl Jones, actor, first began acting at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee
- Edward Kozlowski, Polish-American priest, later Bishop of Milwaukee
- Michael J. Malik Sr., developer
- Harry W. Musselwhite, politician and newspaper publisher
- Harriet Quimby, first licensed American woman aviator, was born in nearby Arcadia Township
- Rasmus Rasmussen (merchant), lumberman and merchant
- Olaf Swenson, fur trader, adventurer, and author
- George W. Tennant, cook, Antarctic explorer
- Toni Trucks, actor, first began acting at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee
- Robert Pershing Wadlow, the world's tallest man in medical history died at the Hotel Chippewa in Manistee on July 15, 1940.
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