By Bethany Newton, Staff Writer Discover Downriver
Huron Township was organized in 1827, but it did not look like the Huron Township we know today, as it included the cities of Romulus and Belleville, as well as the townships of Sumpter and Van Buren. A few early settlements were also created that bare resemblance to the towns of today including: Huron, Catville (now New Boston), Belden (now Willow), and Waltz.
One of the main things that define Huron Township (even its name) is the Huron River, which divides the Township diagonally and almost in half. The river not only helped with trading, but it brought people and infrastructure to the township, as Indian residents and hunters would create trails that went along the river.
Today, the Huron River provides opportunity for recreation for residents. Huron Township has three separate metroparks, Lower Huron, Willow and Oakwoods. Each has lots of opportunities for aquatic activities including: kayaking courses, fishing and even an aquatic center.
One big event that draws people every year to Huron Township is the October Applefest. Many farmers come to show off their amazing bounty for the year, and it’s a great event for adults and kids alike.
According to Michigan Report, Huron Township was one of the safest cities in Michigan in 2015, and Huron Township is proud to say that they are, “a tranquil, safe environment to raise a family or locate a business.”
- Huron Township is home to automotive suppliers Inergy and Brose.
- As of the 2010 census, there were 15,879 people.
- The October Applefest is going into its 37th year in the community.
- Huron River is 130 miles long.
- Lower Huron Metropark has an aquatic center called Turtle Cove.
Information gathered from Huron Charter Township, the Huron Township Historical Society, Michigan Report and the US Census.
Written by Bethany Newton, staff writer for Discover Downriver. See more about Bethany here.