Yates Township
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Yates Township, Michigan located along the near southeastern border of Lake County, contains the community of Idlewild, which surrounds the lake it was named for. The headwaters of the Pere Marquette River run through here, with a couple of public access points adjacent to Broadway Road, where it crosses. About half of the township is contained in the Manistee National Forest.

Idlewild began around 1915 when the real estate firm of Branch, Anderson & Tyrrell bought and platted the site, then selling lots to blacks. The Pere Marquette Railroad built a branch line to the area by 1923. A post office opened that same year, with Susie J. Bantom as the first postmaster. The winding, curvy lake area became a popular vacation and resort spot for blacks, eventually being associated as part of what was then known as the "Harlem Renaissance." Many black celebrities visited here during the 20ís and 30ís,
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Colleen Carrington-Atkins, Supervisor, 231-745-3940; ext.5

Romayne Hollis-Raines, Clerk, 231-745-3940; ext. 4

Jacqueline Patterson, Deputy Clerk, 231-745-3940; ext 4

Lucinda Shepard, Treasurer, 231-745-3940; ext. 2

Layla Nelson-Dumas, Deputy Treasurer, 231-745-3940

Charles Atkins, Trustee, 231-745-3940; ext. 7

Shawn Coffey, 231-745-3940; ext. 8

John Barnette, Zoning Admin, 231-598-0850

Mark Barnett, Assessor, 231-845-9631

Deborah Walker, Sewer Dept., 231-745-3940; ext. 6
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www.yatesdialaride.com
Yates Township Parks and Recreation Master Plan
Yates Township Newsletter
Yates Township Ordinances