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Vassar, MI 48768
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Quick History of Vassar !

Here on the Cass River on March 1, 1849, four men led by Townsend North and James M. Edmunds found a suitable place to build a dam and start a town, which was named for Edmunds' Uncle, Matthew Vassar, later the founder of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The growth of the town for the next 30 years was based on lumbering and its many related industries. Cork pine, the best variety of white pine, grew in abundance along the mighty Cass River and was in high demand. These trees of the forest grew to a height of 150 feet, often with diameters exceeding three feet. The wood was light and strong and easy to work with. Millions of board feet were marketed all over the world, especially in America's prairie states. With the forests depleted, Vassar developed a diversified economy that is still evident today in agriculture, manufacturing, and commercial business. The rich history has helped Vassar earn its popular nickname that is known around the state-the Cork Pine City. In 1999 Vassar celebrated its sesquicentennial. Events were held through the year in celebration.

Current News

Michigan Department of Transportation M-15 Bridge Project

Cass River Bridge Update

The Cass River bridge project started in early October 2014 to replace the existing 77 year old structure. The investment being made is $5.3 million. The project started out with the speedy removal of the existing structure, and installation of the causeways to access the piers in the river.  Delays occurred during installation of the drilled shafts when artesian wells were encountered. The contractor is making significant progress again after adjustments were made to accommodate the extra water in the drilled shafts. The contractor is now planning on working through the  winter to make up lost time and get back on schedule. The first half of the bridge is expected to be completed in early May 2015. The single lane traffic with temporary signals will then be switched onto the newly constructed half of the bridge and the second half of the old bridge will be removed and reconstructed.  The project is expected to be complete in October 2015.

(message received MDOT officials overseeing the project)

State Date: October 6, 2014
Bridge Construction Completion Date: October 10, 2015

Stage 1 will include removal and replacement of the northbound side of bridge.
Stage 2 will include removal and replacement of the southbound side of bridge.

Cass Avenue (north side of bridge) and Water Street (south side of bridge) will be detoured.
Pedestrian Traffic will be detoured.


The City of Vassar is always seeking civic-minded individuals, interested in serving the community.  Service to the community is a rewarding experience that will broaden your knowledge of local government and provide an opportunity for personal and professional development.  One way to serve the community is by applying for a position on a Board, Commission, or Committee.  If you are a city resident please contact city hall (989) 823-8517 for more information.

Positions are currently available for the following:

• Vision Vassar Cool Cities Committee – 3 year terms

• Downtown Development Authority – 4 year terms

• Economic Development Corporation – 6 year terms

• Zoning Board of Appeals – 3 year terms

For more information (qualifications, residency information, meeting details) or to apply please contact the city clerk at (989) 823-8517.  As current member’s terms expire, the City advertises in the local newspaper, on the web site, and on the local cable access channel.

Click here for river reading information from the National Weather Service: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=dtx

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