Introduction to Swartz Creek, Michigan
Swartz Creek History
Chippewa Indians originally inhabited this region. Adam Miller, a German immigrant, arrived in 1836 and was followed by others. The community was formerly known as "Miller Settlement" but was renamed after the creek. According to records, the creek itself was named after the German word "swartz" meaning "black", indicating the color of the creek's water. In 1842, the Swartz Creek Post Office was established, and Grand Trunk Railroad arrived in 1876. A station was also established and was called "Hamilton." To avoid confusion regarding the name of the community, the depot was renamed Swartz Creek. The Village of Swartz Creek was platted in 1877, and in 1959, it was incorporated as a city.
Swartz Creek and Nearby Attractions
- Flushing Area Museum
- Detroit Zoo
- Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area
- Historic Fort Wayne
- Seven Lakes State Park
Things To Do In Swartz Creek
Flushing Area Museum, Alfred P. Sloan Museum, and Montrose Historic & Telephone Pioneer Museum are some of the museums nearby. The 7,817-acre Holly State Recreation Area features a beach, nature trails, picnic areas, and facilities for camping, fishing, and boating. Another popular place to visit is the Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area which is situated upon 3,800 acres. Visitors can enjoy swimming, picnicking, camping, fishing, and boating here. W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, Potter Park Zoo, and the Detroit Zoo are other attractions nearby.
Swartz Creek Transportation
Bishop International Airport is the closest major airport.
Swartz Creek Higher Education
Baker College of Flint, Kettering University, and University of Michigan-Flint are the nearby colleges.