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|Omer is located in central Arenac County on US-23. It was first settled by George Carscallen and George Gorie who established a sawmill there on the Rifle River in the mid 1860’s. First called Rifle River Mills, Carscallen, the first postmaster there, intended to rename it Homer, but shortened it to Omer after finding out there was another post office in Michigan assigned as Homer. It incorporated into a city in 1903 after the lumber boom.|
This town today has the distinct reputation as "Michigan’s smallest town." The Rifle River remains the main attraction, with both canoeing and fishing. It is especially known for seasonal smelt and, would you believe, sucker fishing in the spring, where it comes alive as a sort of ‘waterfront town’ filled with campers, trailers, tents and concession wagons, all catering to the fishermen who line up along the river just east of the US-23 Bridge.
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