Mount Clemens is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 17,312. It is the county seat of Macomb County.
Mount Clemens was first surveyed in 1795 by Christian Clemens, who settled there four years later. Clemens and his friend, John Brooks, built a distillery, which helped settle the area. Brooks and Clemens platted the land, and the town was named after Clemens in 1818. It received a post office in 1821, with John Stockton as the first postmaster. It filed for incorporation as a village in 1837, but it was not acted upon until 1851. It was later incorporated as a city in 1879. Christian Clemens is buried at Clemens Park, located just north of downtown.
Bath House Era
Historically, Mount Clemens' largest industry was the mineral baths
that were scattered throughout the city from 1873 until 1974. The city once encompassed 11 bathhouse and several hotels at its peak. The first bathhouse was built in 1873 and was known as “The Original” and was located on the corner of Jones and Water Street. The bathhouse remained until 1883 when the building burned, yet was rebuilt in 1884 and accommodated larger crowds. Over the years, noted visitors such as film actors Clark Gable
and Mae West
, athletes Babe Ruth
and Jack Dempsey
, news magnate William Randolph Hearst
, and the Vanderbilt family
vacationed in the city for the bath industry.
The only remaining bathhouse from the bath era of Mount Clemens is St. Joseph's Sanitarium and Bath House, which has been recently been renamed Henry Ford Macomb Hospital - Mt. Clemens Campus. The Olympia Salon & Spa, located in the Martha Washington Sanitarium on Cass Ave, are rejuvenating the bath era by offering mineral baths once again.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.9 km²), nearly all of it land. The Clinton River
runs through the city.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 17,312 people, 7,073 households, and 3,854 families residing in the city. The population density
was 4,107.0 per square mile (1,583.9/km²). There were 7,546 housing units at an average density of 1,790.2/sq mi (690.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.79% White
, 19.61% African American
, 0.73% Native American
, 0.49% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.76% from other races
, and 2.59% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 2.33% of the population.
There were 7,073 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.5% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 107.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,856, and the median income for a family was $50,518. Males had a median income of $41,005 versus $27,896 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,741. About 10.0% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.1% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.
Canadian National provides Class 1 Freight service to Mt Clemens with the old Grand Trunk Western Detroit to Port Huron line.
The "Mock Turtle Press" as well as "American Road Magazine"
are centered in Mount Clemens. In recent years "The Clem", as it is familiarly nicknamed, has become a center of nightlife
for Macomb County.
- Dean Cain, actor who is best known for starring on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
- Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman
- Ian Hornak, artist
- Connie Kalitta, drag racing driver
- Scott Kalitta, late drag racing driver
- Scott Kamieniecki, former Major League Baseball pitcher
- David Kircus, wide receiver for the Denver Broncos
- Uncle Kracker, singer
- Tracy Leslie, NASCAR driver
- Shirley Muldowney, drag racing driver
- Chris Rouleau (Blaze Ya Dead Homie), ghetto-metal rapper
- Richard A. Searfoss, former astronaut
- Wally Weber, University of Michigan football player, assistant football coach and Hall of Honor inductee