Welcome to Rose City, Michigan

Rose City, Michigan is located on M-33 in northern Ogemaw County. The county is named after the Indian title “chief” which in Chippewa is pronounced: “Ogema.” The land was originally platted in 1840. The county was organized in 1875, when the first settlers arrived near Ogemaw Springs and set up a lumber mill.

Rose City began in 1875 when Allen S. Rose moved here from New York and built a general store. The town was originally named Churchill, until 1892 when the railroad came through and it was renamed Rose City. It was incorporated into a city in 1905. This city has survived over the years as a result of tourism and its location to so many lakes and streams in the scenic surrounding area, including Houghton Creek, which runs through town. Other prominent cities in Ogemaw County: Prescott and West Branch.


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Ma Deeters Burns Overnight

What most of us know as Ma Deeters is now gone. A saddening event for all  here in Northern Michigan. Ma Deeter’s opened in 1921 and was an family run business and was a landmark in Luzerne for almost 100 years. People traveled hundreds of miles to come to Northern Michigan and Ma Deeters who is […]

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Blackett’s Mill Rose City, Michigan

By Cathy Snider and Barbara Blackett Sanback Rose City Area Historical Society In 1945, Earl and Myrtle Blackett along with their two daughters Phyllis and Barbara decided to move from St. Clair Shores to the quiet north.  They chose the friendly town of Rose City.  The family had been coming up to Island Lake for […]

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Napoleon Bonaparte Hughes

Napoleon was born September 15, 1843 in Putman Township, Livingston County, Michigan. He was one of 15 children born to Enick (Enoch) Hughes and Hannah Burning Hughes. On December 2, 1863 Napoleon enlisted in the Union Army as a Private in Company F Engineers and Mechanics Regiment, his tour of duty was done in places […]

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The Heading Mill

The Heading Mill Rose City, Michigan In 1892, a heading mill was built on the banks of Houghton Creek which skirts the eastern edge of this village, by the French Land and Lumber Company at the cost of $75,000.  The mill made heads for nail kegs and barrels.  A fellow named Burrell of Utica New […]

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