Here is a plat map of Titabawassee Township as well as one of the whole town of Freeland from 1916, I apologize for the small size of the maps but I couldn’t locate any larger versions. If you click the maps and the click them again to zoom they do get slightly larger.
The Freeland Sportszone is the largest athletic and recreational center in the town of Freeland. It has basketball courts, free weights, a spinning room and many other health and fitness activities to do. It is a membership paid gym that is run by the Freeland Community Sports Association and was first open several years ago. Since then it has been expanded upon several different time and has row to be a very large facility. It is also the place where all voting in Tittabawassee Township takes place at. The SportsZone has brought many new jobs to Freeland in addition to bringing more people to town from the surrounding counties to take advantage of its facilities. I find that all in all it has had a positive impact on the community, although I find the very idea of paying to exercise laughable. I personally would rather jog in the park or go cut wood then pay for the same exercise in the form of a gym membership, but to each is own. Either way it has created new jobs here and in this economy I commend anyone who does that.
Every year in April, the town of Freeland celebrates its annual walleye festival. It is a festival where the whole town celebrates with a fishing competition, fish fry, beer ten, and of course the garage sales. People come from all around the tri-city area to celebrate it, and to take advantage of the garage sales and activities. Most people in Freeland really enjoy the walleye festival and have lots of fun at its many activities. I am not among them. It’s an enjoyable festival, unless you happen to live in town as I do. Once a year my home becomes virtually inaccessible due to large numbers of “garage salers” and “bargin hunters” who crowd in the town and make traffic a nightmare. These people lack all forms of common courtesy or parking manners and generally end up finding as many “bargains” as they have brain cells.
If they truly wanted to find a bargain I would suggest they go to the municipal dump and get garbage for free, instead of driving around to pay 25 cents for it. All in all the festival isn’t bad per say, but I really wish that the township would designate an area for these people to park and such, perhaps even a sort of flee market would make more sense as the township could charge a fee to vendors and eliminate the congestion in town. So if you like to ride rickety carnival rides, buy other peoples spring cleaning, and get drunk, than come on down to the walleye festival. Just pray to god you don’t run into me, unless you wanna do the “walleye waddle”.
You can see in the picture MBS Airport is the x shaped landmark in the upper right hand corner, and the Tittabawassee River that runs all the way through town.
Freeland,MI is a small town located right in the heart of the Tri-cities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland. Freeland has a population of about five thousand people, and has experienced a lot of growth in the past ten to twenty years. It is home of the MBS international airport as well as the Freeland Sportzone and many other businesses and stores. M47 runs right through the town and connects it to both Saginaw and Midland, which are both located roughly twenty minutes away from Freeland. The town was first founded in the 1850′s as a lumber outpost and is located on the Tittabawassee river which was used to transport logs on by the lumberjacks of the time. My family personally have lived in this town for generations, and my ancestors arrived here in the 1850′s shortly after the creation of the township. You could say that in a very big way this is my town, as my great great great grandfather owned a large amount of the land bought by the first families to settle in this town, and I have always though of this place as home. This site will be devoted to facts about the history of Freeland, a subject that has always fascinated me, as well as local news and events that transpire here. I hope you find the information on here useful and interesting, and I look forward to delving deeper into the history of this little town.