Harbor Springs, Michigan

Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,194 at the 2010 census.

Harbor Springs is in a sheltered bay on the north shore of the Little Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. The Little Traverse Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse on the Harbor Point peninsula, which shelters the deepest natural harbor on the Great Lakes. M-119 connects with US 31 7 miles (11 km) east and south at Bay View, and Petoskey, which is 4 miles (6.4 km) away on the south side of the harbor.

The area is known for its historic summer resorts, such as Wequetonsing, which was founded by Illinois businessmen and lawyers Henry Stryker, III, and Henry Brigham McClure. They were both connected with the Jacob Bunn industrial dynasty of Illinois.

Harbor Springs, Michigan
Downtown Harbor Springs
Downtown Harbor Springs
Nickname(s): 
Harbor
Location in the state of Michigan
Location in the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 45°25′54″N 84°59′31″W / 45.43167°N 84.99194°W
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyEmmet
Government
 • MayorAlan Dika
Area
 • Total1.30 sq mi (3.37 km2)
 • Land1.30 sq mi (3.37 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
669 ft (204 m)
Population
 • Total1,194
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
1,206
 • Density920/sq mi (350/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
49737, 49740
Area code(s)231
FIPS code26-36560[4]
GNIS feature ID0627758[5]
Websitehttp://www.cityofharborsprings.com/

History

Bay Street (NBY 5160)
Bay Street in Harbor Springs, circa 1900s

The European-American settlement started with a mission by French Catholic Jesuits; they called this area L'Arbre Croche, meaning Crooked Tree. In 1847, L'Arbre Croche had the largest concentration of Native Americans in Michigan.[6] French traders renamed the area Petit Traverse, or Little Traverse, when they arrived in the area. After more settlers came to the area from the eastern United States, they changed the name of the village to Harbor Springs, incorporating it in 1880.

The federally recognized Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians are descendants of the numerous Odawa bands that historically occupied this area. They have their tribal offices in Harbor Springs, and a gaming resort in Petoskey. Their reservation lands encompasses approximately 336 square miles (870 km2) of land in Charlevoix and Emmet counties.

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Ephraim Shay's hexagonally shaped house.

One of the city's more prominent European-American residents was Ephraim Shay (1839–1916), known for his invention of the Shay locomotive. The hexagonal-shaped house he built in downtown Harbor Springs still stands today and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The local elementary school is named after him.[7]

Another building of interest is the Douglas House on the shore of Lake Michigan. Designed by noted architect Richard Meier and completed in 1973, this house is one of 150 structures listed in 2007 as America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.[8]

Harbor Springs was the location of the Club Ponytail, a famous music hall destroyed by fire in 1969.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.30 square miles (3.37 km2), all of it land.[1]

Harbor Springs is a few miles from neighboring Petoskey, Michigan, on the other side of the bay.

Climate

The climate is described as Humid Continental by the Köppen Climate System, abbreviated as Dfb.[9]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880164
18901,052541.5%
19001,64356.2%
19101,8059.9%
19201,600−11.4%
19301,429−10.7%
19401,423−0.4%
19501,62614.3%
19601,433−11.9%
19701,66216.0%
19801,567−5.7%
19901,540−1.7%
20001,5671.8%
20101,194−23.8%
Est. 20161,206[3]1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,194 people, 558 households, and 294 families residing in the city. The population density was 918.5 inhabitants per square mile (354.6/km2). There were 1,122 housing units at an average density of 863.1 per square mile (333.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 0.3% African American, 4.8% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 558 households of which 19.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.3% were non-families. 43.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.93 and the average family size was 2.66.

The median age in the city was 55.8 years. 15.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.7% were from 25 to 44; 32.6% were from 45 to 64; and 32.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 43.8% male and 56.2% female.

2000 census

Largest ancestries (2000) Percent
German Germany 17.4%
English England 16.2%
Irish Republic of Ireland 14.1%
French France 7.4%
Polish Poland 6.7%
American United States 6.2%
Odawa 4.34%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,567 people, 683 households, and 383 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,208.9 per square mile (465.4/km²). There were 1,086 housing units at an average density of 837.8 per square mile (322.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.70% White, 0.19% African American, 5.87% Native American, 0.19% Asian, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.57% of the population.

There were 683 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.8% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.88.

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City Hall

In the city, the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,341, and the median income for a family was $46,750. Males had a median income of $29,236 versus $27,167 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,876. About 5.3% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Airports

Harbor 002
Panorama from the bluff overlooking the city

Highways

  • US 31, while not directly serving Harbor Springs, is accessible at the southern end of M-119 four miles southeast near Bay View.
  • M-119 travels around the north side of Little Traverse Bay, through downtown Harbor Springs, and then to a terminus at Cross Village.
  • C-77 is a north-south route beginning at Harbor Springs and continuing north to Cross Village.
  • C-81 is a north-south route running from just east of the city northerly toward Mackinaw City.

Notable people

Images

Harbor Springs Michigan Harbor

Harbor

Harbor Springs Michigan Post Office

Post office

Harbor Springs Michigan Sign M-119

Sign on M-119

Harbor Springs Michigan view from Bluff in Winter

View of downtown from the bluff

References

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ http://terrypepper.com/lights/michigan/littletraverse/littletraverse.htm
  7. ^ Shay Elementary Archived 2006-07-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "America's Favorite Architecture". American Institute of Architects. 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-05-10.
  9. ^ "Harbor Springs, Michigan Travel Weather Averages (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Pellston Regional Airport Serving Northern Michigan Emmet County". pellstonairport.com.
  12. ^ via Associated Press. "F. James McDonald, Former G.M. President, Is Dead at 87", The New York Times, June 15, 2010. Accessed July 2, 2010.

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Coordinates: 45°25′54″N 84°59′31″W / 45.43167°N 84.99194°W

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