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10 Things You Might Not Know About Grosse Ile

Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch editor Nate Stemen scoured the island to find the ten most interesting facts about Grosse Ile. Think you have a better one? Add your interesting fact about Grosse Ile in the comment space below.

Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch probably could have stopped searching for interesting facts about Grosse Ile after stumbling onto an alpaca farm.

After all, it's hard to top an alpaca farm.

Instead, we decided to continue, upwind of course, and we came up with a list of 10 things you may not know about the Township of Grosse Ile.

Here's the list in no particular order:

  1. The island is home to Gibraltar Bay Alpacas LLC, which sells, boards and breeds alpacas. Yes, alpacas. You have to see it to believe it.
  2. Grosse Ile Municipal Airport was a naval base from 1927 to 1968.
  3. The island does not have a mayor. (As a township, it has a supervisor.)
  4. The speed limit on the island never exceeds 35 mph.
  5. The Grosse Ile Police Department employs 24 police officers.
  6. The Grosse Ile Fire Department employs two people—a chief and a fire marshal. The rest of the firefighters are all volunteers.
  7. There is little to no crime on the island, according to Township Supervisor Brian Loftus. One of the biggest crimes in recent island history happened in June 2009 when a man was arrested immediately after robbing a bank with an implied weapon, according to the .
  8. There are no famous residents on the island. Sure, some have million dollar homes, but none are famous in the most generally acceptable meaning of the word.
  9. Grosse Ile Airport is primarily used for recreational flying and by the occasional business executive.
  10. Grosse Ile Township Schools are consistently ranked among the top 10 in the state, according to Loftus.

Think you have a better one? Add your interesting fact about Grosse Ile in the comment space below.

Josh Castellano August 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Michigan's oldest farm is located in Grosse Ile. Since 1776, the year this nation was founded. Still owned and operated by heirs of the Macomb brothers.
darrin barnes August 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
we have been there many times to feed and walk through the fields with the alpacas one of them name trooper is my husbands favorite and trooper always recognizes him right away

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