Hudson, Michigan, is among the 17 municipalities in Destination Hudson's Visit 17 Hudsons in 2017.
Located in the extreme south central Michigan's rural Lenawee County, Hudson, Michigan, is the nearest to its Ohio namesake in terms of distance at 178 miles. Hudson's nearest large city neighbors are Toledo, 55 miles to the southeast, and Detroit is about 90 to the northeast.
Located within Hudson Township, Hudson, Michigan is a politically independent entity with an elected city council and mayor, and an appointed city manager. The city is only 2.2 square miles and has a population of 2,241 (2015 estimate).
Hudson's Carnegie District Library features a collection of poetry by Will Carleton, a poet laureate of Michigan. The city's lone museum, the Thompson Home Museum and Gardens is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is in an 1890 Queen Anne home that was once owned by William G. Thompson, a decorated Civil War veteran and Mayor of Detroit from 1880 until 1883. The museum is among several noteworthy homes in Hudson and provides a starting point for those interested in local history. Originally known as Lanesville, the city changed its name to Hudson, in honor of an original landowner, Dr. Daniel Hudson. The city's first post office was organized in 1836.
The Hudson High School Tigers football team set a national record in 1975 recording 72 consecutive wins. That record stood until 1997. In 2010, the Tigers won the State Football Championship.
Main Street is the main drag in downtown Hudson. While relatively small in area, downtown is home to many historic structures. In 1974 all of downtown Hudson was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Twelve restaurants can be found within Hudson's boundaries, along with a Cinema and a bowling alley. For cultural events such as the symphony, Hudsonites often travel 18 miles east to the 1866 Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan.
A notable annual event, the Midwest VW Jamboree is held each June. The weekend long campout and social gathering of Volkswagen owners is held in Thompson Memorial Park.
Hudson's main crossroads are U.S. Route 127 and Michigan Route 34. The intersection is approximately 10 miles north of the Ohio state line. A 150 acre industrial park west of the center of town is a primary place of employment.
Visitors to Hudson have a choice of two hotels and a B&B. A popular nearby destination is the Lake Hudson State Recreation Area. Located about 5 miles to the south in Clayton, the park is Michigan's first Dark Sky Preserve.
For more information about Hudson, Michigan checkout celebrate.com, the local Chamber of Commerce's website. For additional information about the ongoing Visit 17 Hudsons in 2017 Challenge, stop-by Hudson, Ohio's Visitor Center, located in the old Town Hall, at 27 East Main Street, or check-out destinationhudson.com.