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Free Soil, Michigan
—  Village  —
Location of Free Soil, Michigan
Coordinates: 44°6′28″N 86°12′57″W / 44.10778°N 86.21583°W / 44.10778; -86.21583
Country United States
State Michigan
County Mason
Area
 - Total 1.0 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 - Land 1.0 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 686 ft (209 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 177
 Density 171.2/sq mi (66.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49411
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-30600[1]
GNIS feature ID 1617399[2]

Free Soil is a village in Mason County of the U.S. state of Michigan.. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 177. The village is located within Free Soil Township. The village is close to the intersection of Freesoil and Custer Roads. Freesoil operates a one-building K-8 school. It was previously K-12, with the last graduating class in 2007.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all land. The Sauble River runs just East of the village.

The current village is actually the second settlement in Mason County to be named Freesoil. An area in Grant Township near Lake Michigan, just south of the Manistee County line, was the original settlement in the late 1800s. There are still a few homes in the area now known as "Old Freesoil".

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 177 people, 75 households, and 48 families residing in the village. The population density was 171.2 per square mile (66.3/km²). There were 93 housing units at an average density of 90.0/sq mi (34.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.22% White, 2.26% African American, 0.56% Native American, and 3.95% from two or more races.

There were 75 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,083, and the median income for a family was $36,000. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $20,833 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,329. About 5.6% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under the age of eighteen and 11.4% of those sixty five or over.

Recreation

The Ausable River provides great fishing for suckers, brown trout and brook trout, along with many other species. It is also a fine river to canoe or tube. People frequently make the trek from Smitty's Landing to Stephens Rd.

Gunn Lake, Hoague Lake, Blue Lake, and Thunder Lake are very close to Freesoil. They are excellent lakes for bass and panfish. Hoague Lake has a public access. Gun Lake has a boat launch and a public beach. Gunn Lake is larger and more popular with recreational boaters.

The North Country trail crosses Freesoil Rd about five miles East of the village. It is popular with hikers, and it is one of the only portions of the trail open to mountain bikes.

There is a National Forest campground and recreation area on Lake Michigan to the West of Freesoil. It has miles of hiking and biking trails. It is also open to hunting during season.

Many popular snowmobile trails run through Freesoil, providing excellent winter recreation.

Dining and Night Life

The Heidi Hof Tavern and the Sauble River Inn are popular restaurants in the Freesoil area. They offer full menus, pool tables, and live music. The Heidi Hof is on Freesoil Rd, and the Sauble River Inn is located on US 31. The Sauble River Inn also has lodging available for tourists, fishermen, and hunters.

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 


Coordinates: 44°06′25″N 86°13′00″W / 44.10694°N 86.2166667°W / 44.10694; -86.2166667

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