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|Saranac is located in central, eastern Ionia County, situated on the Grand River between M-21 and I-96, with easy access from both highways. Saranac retains its small town atmosphere with many locally owned stores and small businesses, along with a few auto-related manufacturing facilities. A highlight of this town is the rejuvenated Grand Trunk Depot Museum on the north side of town, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It comes complete with a Dutch style, woodside caboose recently purchased by the Boston/Saranac Historical Society and funded by the people of Saranac. If you�re a railroad buff, you�ll be sure to want to see this one: It�s a hundred years old and traveled the Grand Trunk locally during it�s life on the rails.
Saranac was originally settled in 1836 by Judge Jefferson Morrison who purchased a huge tract of government land there . At that time the area was referred to as Boston. It was changed to Saranac in 1859, named after the town, Saranac, in New York, to attract settlers from that state. The surrounding township still retains the Boston name.
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