The Founding of Mason
Founded in 1836, the location for Mason was chosen because of its close proximity to the Sycamore Creek. This creek offered a power source that could be used to make businesses successful (Living Places, 2014). Charles Noble bought the land and sent Lewis Lacey to help develop it. Lacey founded both a dam and sawmill on Sycamore Creek. Ephraim B. Danforth joined Lacey to help develop the sawmill and Mason as a town. (City of Mason Historical District Commission, n.d.). It was Danforth who registered the original 31 blocks that make up the city center (Living Places, 2014). Although the city center has grown greatly since then, it got its start with Danforth.
Mason was named after Steven T. Mason. Steven T. Mason was the first governor of Michigan. Although he may not have left Michigan on the best terms, Mason, the city, is a thriving small town to this day. Now Mason is home to over 8,000 people. Mason still to this day keeps the land open for that farm field of yesterday (City of Mason, 2014).