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Headwaters to the Grand River

Where to Vote in Liberty Township

Precinct 1 & 2: Voting takes place at the New Fire Station, 1205 Lindsey Rd., Jackson, MI

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Board of Trustees Meetings Held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the Liberty Township Hall, 101 W. Liberty Rd., Clarklake, MI.

Liberty Township of Jackson County, Michigan

Liberty Township Facts

Liberty is about 10 miles south of Jackson near the headwaters of the Grand River in a scenic and very rural area. Approximately 2,500 residents are spread across the rural landscape and four separate lake communities.

Liberty Township Clarklake Michigan

  • The Township is split between 5 post office zip codes within Jackson County, MI.
  • There are 5 school districts and 3 intermediate school districts.
  • Two lakes are within the borders with public access - Round Lake and Crispell Lake.
  • A public boat launch for Pine Hill Lake is also in our Township.
  • Commercial activity is located along US-127 with isolated businesses scattered throughout the Township.
  • Location Coordinates: N 42° 6.129', W 84° 24.149', Elevation 990
  • Liberty Landfill is not owned or operated by Liberty Township. Call (517) 787-1177.

History of Liberty Township

Liberty Township was First Settled in the Year 1835

Those settlers came to a forested land abundant in wildlife and inhabited by Native Americans. The early pioneers overcame many obstacles while transforming this wilderness to an agricultural community. They cleared much of the forest in order to till the land and build log homes and barns. In March of 1837 the citizens met at the home of Solomon Skiff to organize the township. The name "Liberty" was unanimously adopted for this new community. The very next month, April 1837, the first election was held in Liberty with a total of 21 votes cast.

In the Years that Followed

Liberty Township grew in population and industry. By the dawn of the 20th Century, Liberty Township had its own post office, blacksmith shop, sawmill, flour mill, cheese factory, gristmill, tavern, ball park, ice house, coal yard, three churches, a general store, two campgrounds, a resort beach house and eight one-room schoolhouses. Even with all this progress, Liberty Township was still a tightly knit agricultural community where neighbors gathered for potluck dinners, cards or a Sunday ball game.

The 20th Century Brought Many Changes to Liberty Township

The Township is now bordered on the east by U.S.-127, on the south by the Jackson/Hillsdale county line and Vicary Road (partially), on the west by Thorne Road (partially) and on the north by Kimmel Road (partially). We are now split between 5 post office zip codes, 5 school districts and 3 intermediate school districts. There are two lakes within our borders with public access, those being Round Lake and Crispell Lake. There is also a public boat launch for Pine Hill Lake in our township, although the majority of the lake is located in Hanover Township. Most of the commercial activity is concentrated along U.S.-127 with isolated businesses at the Liberty Mill Pond, in the Round/Pine Hill Lake area, and scattered throughout the Township. Liberty Township remains mainly a rural residential community mixed with farms and wildlife.

Our Fire Department is dedicated to excellence in service to the Liberty Township community.

Our mission is to safely protect lives and property with dedicated personnel who train with modern equipment and techniques in fire suppression, medical emergencies, public service, public education and inspection.

There are four cemeteries in Liberty Township.

The grounds provide a quiet country setting and feature mature trees and wildlife.