The idea of Manton was started in the 1860’s by a small group of men
that were located around the area. At the time, Manton Bostick’s Drug
Store, Museum Display was a heavily wooded forest, mostly hard
maple. The only semblance of a break in the woods was a narrow cut
where the town was platted.

The first plat was called Cedar Creek, but the railroad company
subsequently platted a tract of land adjoining the first plat and named it
Manton. The railroad had already named the station Manton and soon
the entire village was known by that name. The railroad plat was the
first one registered (1874). The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad,
after delays due to financial difficulties and poor management, finally
reached Cadillac (known as Clam Lake then) in 1870. Construction
continued to move north and within months it was completed through
Manton. The station was built early in 1873. An early newspaper
account read: "The town plat contains thirty acres lying on both sides of
the G.R. and I.R.R. and is situated in the midst of a splendid farming country. As yet few buildings have been erected, but Mr. Manton informs us
that over thirty will be erected in the spring. Good building lots are presently worth $125 to $150. A saw mill has been erected by Mr. R.W. Corson.”

Visit the Manton Area Historical Museum, located on the east side of US-131, three blocks north of the M-42 and US-131 intersection. The
Museum is open May-October, Tuesday – Saturday, 12-4 pm and on Sunday, 1-4 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Admission By Donation. Phone (231) 824-3208

Visit the Veteran’s Memorial Museum, located adjacent to the Manton Area Historical Museum at 310 N. Michigan Ave. The Veteran’s Memorial
Museum is open every year from May-October, Thursday – Saturday, 12-4 pm Contact information Neal Bennett 231-824-9504. These museums
are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
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Chamber of Commerce
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Manton, Michigan 49663
Phone: (231) 824-4158
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