Petersburg is a city in western Monroe County, Michigan. Originally founded as Summerfield, it is located in the northern potion of Summerfield Township. The community is located about five miles south-southwest of Dundee and seventeen miles west of Monroe. The population was 1,157 during the 2000 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Petersburg has a total area of 0.5 square miles. The community uses ZIP codes 49720—assigned to Petersburg— and the city has the FIPS code 26-63800.
Petersburg was named for Richard Peters, a landowner who moved to the area of Summerfield Township in 1824. Of the property he purchased, a portion was sold to establish the community in 1836. Peters later became the first postmaster, naming the community Summerfield after the township. In 1863, however, the community was renamed Petersburgh: the name used when the community incorporated as a village in 1869. Around thirty years later, the name was altered by removing the final "h," thereby changing the name to Petersburg. The village reincorporated as a city in 1969 after one hundred years as a village.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 City of Petersburg information from the Monroe County Library System
- ↑ USGS GNIS: Petersburg
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 InfoMI entry on Petersburg
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Census map of Monroe County from the United States Census Bureau
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "American FactFinder" from the United States Census Bureau
- ↑ Map of 49720 from the United States Census Bureau
- ↑ City ZIP code look-up
- ↑ ZIP code look-up