Fremont is a city in Newaygo County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,081 at the 2010 census. The first inhabitants of the Fremont area were Native Americans. A group of settlers led by Daniel Weaver first settled the area in 1855, the Weaver homestead serving as the first post office and public school. In November 1855, Fremont Township was established and named in honor of John C. Fremont, western explorer and Republican Party candidate for United States President. Weaver and his fellow settlers cleared the dense timber in order to farm. Early in the 1870s, Dutch immigrant families came from Holland and Muskegon, Michigan; and Fremont continues to recognize its early Dutch heritage in local festivals and pageants.
Due to rich stands of virgin timber, lumbering became a major industry, and a railroad spur soon linked Fremont to the national rail network. The lumbering industry declined in the 1860s because of the American Civil War; and in 1871, Fremont experienced a major forest fire that caused extensive damage, especially to the lumber mills. Nevertheless, Fremont rebuilt and was even able to supply some lumber to rebuild Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.72 square miles (12.22 km2), of which 3.42 square miles (8.86 km2) is land and 1.30 square miles (3.37 km2) is water.As of the census of 2010, there were 4,081 people, 1,781 households, and 1,107 families living in the city.
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