Durand began as a small hamlet known as Vernon Center, and was awarded a post office in 1876. Named for a Michigan Congressman, Durand was incorporated as a village in 1887. Since law required a population of at least 300 to achieve village status, it included 50 railroad construction workers to reach that number. Durand became a city in 1932 and a
Home Rule City in 1958.
Durand developed its diverse economy around the railroad. In the early 1860’s the Detroit-Grand Haven-Milwaukee (Grand Trunk) rail line was built with the line passing through Durand. Later the Ann Arbor line was built and in 1885, the Cincinnati, Saginaw, and Mackinaw line was laid from Durand to Bay City. This put Durand at the cross sections of several busy rail lines and in 1903 a Victorian style depot was built by Grand Trunk.
Looking for quiet, small town comfort? Big city convenience?
Durand has both!!
Durand’s city of 3,362 people is centered by a downtown area that can answer all everyday needs.
A walkable community, Durand offers shopping, banking, pharmacy, dining, library and a variety of services….all within a 4 block, walkable area! Anything not within walking distance can be found within an easy drive into Durand’s “outskirts.”
Need more? Durand is located just off the all-important I-69 Trade Corridor (i-69internationaltradecorridor.com) and that positions it:
22 minutes from Flint and all it has to offer
40 minutes from Lansing, the state capital
16 minutes from Flint’s Bishop International Airport (FNT)
40 minutes from Lansing’s Capital International Airport (LANS)
90 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
90 minutes from Grand Rapids
90 minutes from the bridge to Ontario, Canada, US #1 trade partner!
Other highways convenient to Durand include I-75, US-23, I-94 and I-96.
Durand is conveniently located within 2 hours or less of 80% of the population of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
Want woods and water? Michigan is surrounded by 20% of the world’s supply of fresh water, and Durand is approximately equidistant from Great Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Erie.
And… a 3-hour drive will take you “up north” to the Mackinac Bridge, gateway to all of Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula.
CONTACT THE GREATER DURAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
T (989) 288-3715
F (989) 288-5177
109 N. Saginaw Street
PO Box 101
Durand MI 48429
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Today, the depot is known as Durand Union Station, has undergone extensive restoration, and continues to serve as an active passenger depot for Amtrak.
The City of Durand operates under a Council-Manager form of government, with an elected seven member City Council. The Council meets each month in City Council chambers and information about dates and times is available at www.durandmi.com.
Durand is located in the county of Shiawassee and Corunna is the county seat.