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Canton is a charter township of Wayne County in Michigan. It is located about 8 miles west of the city limits of Detroit and 8 miles east of the city limits of Ann Arbor. As of the 2010 census, the township had a population of 90,173 making it Michigan’s second largest township and eleventh largest community. Canton is one of Michigan’s fastest growing communities.
Brief History of Canton:
Earlier, on October 20, 1829, the legislature had passed a bill creating the townships of Lima and Richland out of Bucklin Township. Governor Lewis Cass returned the acts unapproved, citing a conflict under the law. The names conflicted with post offices in existence, contrary to a territorial law from April 12, 1827, prohibiting incorporation of a new township bearing the same name as any existing post office. The legislature thus had to substitute the names of Nankin and Pekin after the cities of Nanjing (Nanking) and Beijing (Peking) in China. The name of Pekin was extinguished when it was renamed Redford in 1833.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.0 square miles. No part of the total area is covered by water. The south of the township is drained by the Lower River Rouge and its tributaries, including Pine Creek, which drains from the northwest corner to the southeast. The northeast is drained by Tonquish Creek and Garden Creek, which are tributaries of the Middle River Rouge.
Interesting Trivia About Canton:
The Township of Canton was created by act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature on March 7, 1834 out of a southern portion of Plymouth Township. It was named in honor of the port and provincial capital known historically as Canton, Imperial China. In 1918 was renamed Guangzhou — now the capital and largest city of Guangdong province, People’s Republic of China. The first meeting to organize the township was held in April 1834. In the summer of 2002, the emerald ash borer was discovered in Canton, eventually infesting the Great Lakes region. The Canton Historical Society and Museum opened in 1982 in a one-roomed schoolhouse.
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