COLUMBUS - HOME WHERE
THE BUFFALO ROAMED
The creation of the Gratiot Turnpike, now known as Gratiot Road, in 1832 led to
the advent of Columbus Township. Organized as a township on March 11, 1837, Columbus
is bordered by Yager Road on the north, Stoddard Road on the west, Division Road
on the south and Mayer Road on the east.
For approximately 50 years, Emil's Restaurant was a popular attraction, known for
its buffalo herd and buffalo burgers. Emil's founder, Emil Claerhout, acquired three
excess buffalo from the Belle Isle Zoo in Detroit. The zoo's director, a friend
of Claerhout's, thought the buffalo would be a good advertisement for the restaurant. Emil's
Restaurant remains a popular attraction to this day.
The 2010 census indicates that there were 4,070 residents living in Columbus Twp.
The township has four churches and a small roadside park located on Gratiot Road,
where travelers can stop for a relaxing picnic.
Located in close proximity to the 1-94 and 1-69 turnpikes, has been one of the major
attractions for new families moving into the community. Minimum acreage requirements
in the Residential Zoning District of 1.5 acres, has also been an attraction to
those wanting to maintain the rural nature of the area.
TOWNSHIP OF COLUMBUS
1732 Bauman Road
Columbus, MI 48063
Phone: (586) 727-2055
Fax: (586) 727-9871
Our Extensions have changed
Supervisor - Bruce Christy - Ext 201
Deputy Clerk - Angie Biringer - Ext 202
Assessor - Vacant - Ext 203
Treasurer - Phoebe Duncan - Ext 204
Clerk - Pat Iseler - Ext 206
Building Inspector - Roland Suess - Ext 207
Zoning Administrator - Eric Boucher - Ext 205
Hours: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday through Thursday