The town of Manton, named after early settler George Manton, sits in Wexford County approximately 12 miles north of Cadillac. It began in 1872 called ‘Cedar Creek’ but changed to ‘Manton’ after the railroad was laid.

The town’s history includes the infamous “Battle of Manton”. According to its Historical Marker, “In 1881, Manton became the Wexford County seat as a result of a compromise between Cadillac and Sherman. Those towns had quarreled over the issue for years. Cadillac partisans renewed the feud and won the county seat at an election in April 1882. After the election a sheriff's posse left Cadillac for Manton by special train to seize the county records. An angry crowd confronted the Cadillac men and drove them out of town. Collecting several hundred lumbermen, a supply of whiskey and a brass band, the sheriff returned to demand the records. Manton residents barricaded the courthouse, but the posse broke through doors and windows, seized the documents, and returned to Cadillac triumphant. Cadillac was victorious but the battle of Manton left injuries and hard feelings.

Manton is an interesting Michigan small town to visit: for its history and small town atmosphere. There seems to be a handful of old abandoned homes and shacks scattered throughout the countryside, as the photos below show. Pictured are three such structures, with one appearing to have been occupied by squatters at one time.

I don’t condone entering these type of structures, as they can be extremely dangerous: rotten floors, rusty nails, rattlesnakes, and who knows what else…..besides, they could be private property.

So enjoy the pictures below of three old houses near Manton, drive thru the town sometime, and take advantage of one or two Mom & Pop shops in town.

Thanx to Ruin Road for the pix and video