MICHIGAN SMALL TOWN: Crump, in Bay County
Here's another old Michigan town for y'all to check out:
The village of Crump, in Bay County, 7 1/2 miles from Linwood.
Crump kicked in when its post office opened on August 30, 1898. The town was created around the post office along the Michigan Central Railroad.
By 1905, the population had grown to 50. With more people settling in Crump, the town grew even more, with businesses springing up: a bank, church, general store, hardware store, two hotels, lumber company, post office, saloons, sawmill, and schoolhouse.
Crump's population continued to grow and finally peaked in 1910 with 300 residents. With Michigan's lumber business slowing down, many railroad lines did, too. By 1918, enough people had moved out of Crump, leaving it with 150 residents, half of what it once had.
The Crump post office ceased operation on March 31, 1954. From then on, Crump was satisfied to remain a small village, with a nice handful of homes and some old buildings still standing.
Take a drive-thru for yourself and learn a little more about this little-known Michigan town!