This old wooden church stands near the corner of Burt and Bishop Roads in southern Saginaw County. A couple hundred yards to the east is where Burt Road crosses over the Fairchild Creek, and that is where the town of Luce once stood. The town was given a post office in 1890 and it closed in January of 1914. The small community was named after the 21st governor of Michigan, Cyrus G. Luce who was the governor from 1887 to 1890. Besides the town, Luce County in the Upper Peninsula was named after him, and he was the last Michigan governor to have a county named in his honor.
I am not sure how old the church is, or if it was built by the citizens of Luce, but it is near where the town once stood. Further down the road is a cemetery. The church and cemetery are probably all that remains of the old town.
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