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Sherman Township, Keweenaw County, Michigan

Sherman Township, Michigan
Fire Station
Fire Station
Sherman Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Sherman Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Keweenaw
 • Total 69.3 sq mi (179.4 km2)
 • Land 65.1 sq mi (168.6 km2)
 • Water 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km2)
Elevation 778 ft (237 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 60
 • Density 0.9/sq mi (0.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-73220[1]
GNIS feature ID 1627074[2]

Sherman Township is a civil township of Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 60.


  • Communities 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Images 4
  • References 5


  • Central was a settlement around the Central Mine founded in 1854. It was largely settled by Cornish people. It got a post office in 1871. The mine closed in 1898 and the post office was closed in 1906. It then became a ghost town although the Methodist Church was maintained and descendants of the former residents would make annual trips back to it at least until the 1970s.[3]
  • Gay is an unincorporated community in the township, post office Lake Linden.
  • Hebards or Hebard is an unincorporated community in the township at .[4] It was a station on the Mineral Range Railroad and a post office opened on June 30, 1903. It was named for Charles and Edward Hebard, who operated sawmills on Keweenaw Bay.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 69.3 square miles (179.4 km²), of which 65.1 square miles (168.6 km²) is land and 4.2 square miles (10.8 km²) (6.03%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 60 people, 34 households, and 14 families residing in the township. The population density was 0.9 per square mile (0.4/km²). There were 113 housing units at an average density of 1.7 per square mile (0.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.33% White, and 1.67% from two or more races. 46.2% were of Finnish, 11.5% Irish, 7.7% French, 5.8% Dutch, 5.8% German, 5.8% Polish, 5.8% Scandinavian, and 5.8% Slavic ancestry.

There were 34 households out of which 11.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.4% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 58.8% were non-families. 58.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 29.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.76 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the township the population was spread out with 15.0% under the age of 18, 1.7% from 18 to 24, 20.0% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 33.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 122.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.5 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $27,000, and the median income for a family was $45,833. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,989. There were no families and 12.7% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 23.8% of those over 64.



  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sherman Township, Keweenaw County, Michigan
  3. ^ Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 107
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hebards, Michigan
  5. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press.  
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