Newport is a first for City of The Week. Newport, Michigan is not a city, charter township, or village. While it does have its own zip code, Newport is considered an “unincorporated community.” Congratulations to Newport: Unincorporated Community of the Week with WCSX!
The French first settled New Port in the Michigan Territory around 1830, naming it Rivière aux Signes (Swan Creek). The main thoroughfare of Newport is Swan Creek Road, originally known as Main Street. Newport got its name from its close proximity to Lake Erie.
Located about ten miles north of Monroe, Newport is home to more than 12,000 people, but it doesn’t have an exact population at any given point in time because it doesn’t have defined borders. The community is right off I-75.
Swan Creek runs through Newport and has been a big part of its history. Mills were very popular and lucrative in the early days of The Michigan Territory and after its statehood. At one point, Newport also had its own railroad station.
WCSX loves dropping a spotlight on our local communities one community at a time! This week that spotlight is on Newport! Scroll down to find out more about Newport and the history behind this community!