Spurr Township, Michigan

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Spurr Township, Michigan
Location within Baraga County
Location within Baraga County
Spurr Township is located in Michigan
Spurr Township
Spurr Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Spurr Township is located in the United States
Spurr Township
Spurr Township
Spurr Township (the United States)
Coordinates: 46°31′47″N 88°12′49″W / 46.52972°N 88.21361°W / 46.52972; -88.21361Coordinates: 46°31′47″N 88°12′49″W / 46.52972°N 88.21361°W / 46.52972; -88.21361
CountryUnited States
 • Total159.0 sq mi (411.9 km2)
 • Land150.8 sq mi (390.6 km2)
 • Water8.2 sq mi (21.3 km2)
1,745 ft (532 m)
 • Total276
 • Density2/sq mi (0.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code26-76000[1]
GNIS feature ID1627115[2]

Spurr Township is a civil township of Baraga County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 276 at the 2010 census.[3]

The township had been organized while it was part of Houghton County. It was one of the four original townships of Baraga County when it was set off from Houghton in 1875. It is named for "Spurr Mountain", the site of an iron ore mine, first named the "Spurr Mountain Mining Company", organized in 1872. Operations ceased in 1878, and then resumed again in 1881 under a reorganized "Spurr Iron Mining Company".[4] A post office named "Spurr Mountain" opened December 30, 1874, and was discontinued December 15, 1887. It was reestablished June 4, 1890, and operated until June 30, 1896.[5]


There are no incorporated municipalities in the township. There are a few unincorporated communities and historic locales:


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 159.0 square miles (411.9 km2), of which 150.8 square miles (390.6 km2) is land, and 8.2 square miles (21.3 km2) (5.16%) is water.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 227 people, 105 households, and 78 families residing in the township. The population density was 1.5 per square mile (0.6/km2). There were 300 housing units at an average density of 2.0 per square mile (0.8/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 98.68% White, 0.44% Asian, 0.44% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population. 41.2% were of Finnish, 17.5% German, 6.8% English and 5.6% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 105 households, out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.47.

In the township the population was spread out, with 17.2% under the age of 18, 1.8% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 35.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $36,667, and the median income for a family was $40,417. Males had a median income of $27,813 versus $14,821 for females. The per capita income for the township was $17,316. About 4.5% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under the age of eighteen and 6.1% of those 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Spurr Township, Michigan
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Spurr township, Baraga County, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  4. ^ History of the upper peninsula of Michigan. Western Historical Co. Chicago: Western Historical Co.1883. pg. 203.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Spurr Mountain Post Office (historical)
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Nestoria, Michigan
  7. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Nestoria Post Office (historical)
  9. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Imperial Heights, Michigan
  10. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Three Lakes, Michigan