The city of Standish, Michigan is fittingly named after the man who planned out the settlement in 1871, John D. Standish. Though the community was originally named Granton, the name was changed at some point before its formal incorporation as a village in 1893. John Standish owned the community’s first established business, which was a sawmill. In 1903, ten years after its village status, its charter was changed to that of a city.
The area that is now Standish broke off from Arenac Township, which was a part of Bay County. The unincorporated community joined Lincoln Township in 1882, a decade before it became an individual township. Today, Standish is in the southwestern portion of Arenac County, where it is the county seat. Its slogan is “The Great up North Begins Here.”
As with many lumber communities in central Michigan during the latter part of the 19th century, its materialization was greatly aided by the coming of the railroads. In 1871, the Jackson and Lansing road was laid down in the region, enabling the budding community to trade with faraway cities and out of state. Standish began receiving enough transients and visitors to warrant the first hotel being built that same year, which was named the Standish House. The hotel was subsequently destroyed by a fire 31 years later, in 1902.
At the turn of the 20th century, transportation began to diversify with the advent of the commercial selling of the automobile. In 1907, the first cars were sold in the city just four years after its new charter; a Buick dealership paving the way for the new market. Four years later, modern communication arrived with the building of the telephone lines within the borders. As transportation and communication grew, so too did the economy of Standish. Today, it has a wide variety of small businesses similar to Premier Green Lawns who are eager to serve the community.
Since its first census of 246 people in 1880, the city has seen growth and setbacks in population, but mostly growth. It has remained a small town, with a current population of 1,509 as of the 2010 census. Its density is 702 people per square mile over an area of 2.15 square miles, all of which is land; no body of water resides within the borders of the city.
There are four major highways that run through the city. The north-south I-75 can take you from Sault Ste. Marie all the way to Miami. US Highway 23 is not quite that long, but can take you across the bulk of the state; its northernmost point is Mackinac City, and ends at Lambertville near the Michigan-Ohio border at the south. M-13 is a shorter north-south running freeway that can take you to nearby counties. The lone major east-west highway is M-61, which runs from Standish to Marion.
For a city its size, Standish has an exceptional amount of lodging, as it is a convenient place for visiting hunters and fishermen to rest for the night. Being only a short drive from Lake Huron, and surrounded by hunting grounds, the town has more than enough amenities to accommodate a considerable amount of visitors. Taking a drive outside the city will allow you to see that beautiful wooded scenery, with the dense population of trees towering over the lush grass, the color of the turf Premier Green Lawns can duplicate at your home.
Just to the south of the city is the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino, owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council. With over 800 slot machines and other games such as poker and blackjack, it attracts visitors year round. It overlooks the Saganing River, which empties into Lake Huron less than a mile away.
A revered historical attraction in the city is undoubtedly the Standish Depot. Its preservation pays tribute to the railroad system that helped the town prosper in its early days. It was originally built with wood in 1871, but the structure began to rapidly deteriorate so quickly that just twelve years later, a new building was completed, constructed of stones, and it remains standing today. As the automobile flourished, and travel by train began to ebb, and transportation of goods by truck began to rise, the depot steadily declined in use. Now, it serves as a museum, complete with informative tours, and a holder of events. It is one of the stops of the US-23 Heritage Route, which is 200 miles of Lake Huron coastline, with several historical stops. The preservation of the building is impressive, much like the work of Premier Green Lawns in the preservation of your grass.
Depot Days is a weekend event that is hosted in early fall, held at the Standish Depot. It is a mixture of past and present with carnival rides, a silent auction, the proceeds of which go to benefit the depot, cooking contests, scrapbooks, antique tractors, vendors, and tours of the train cars. There is usually also some live music.
Standish, similar to some of the towns around its vicinity in central Michigan, employs a council-manager form of government, with the city manager running the day-to-day operations and reports to the city council, who has final say on policy and budget decisions.
For public education, the city of Standish shares a district with Sterling, Michigan, an even smaller community of 530 citizens. It consists of two elementary schools – one in each city, one middle school, and one high school.
Premier Green Lawns is proud to serve this lively community with its interesting past and lively present day atmosphere. We wish to do our part to make sure it has a bright future. We do that by helping maintain property values with the maintenance and cultivation of your lawns. If your lawn has a problem, or you wish to make it even greener and more free of weeds, look no further than our independently owned business.