Settled in 1862 and incorporated as a village in 1869, Stanton became a city in 1881. Its location on the Pere Marquette Railroad ensured its development as a shipping center for lumber and shingles cut at local mills. After the lumbering era, Stanton continued as the seat of county government, the shipping center for surrounding potato farms that were sustained by the sandy loam soil, and as a center for lake resorts.
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