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Aral, Michigan

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Welcome to Aral (aka 'Otter Creek') ...

So far, we have found very little information about Aral. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Aral to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Aral, please Contact Us.

Aral would have been located within present day Benzie County.

We aren't confident of the location of Aral, so consider the above location as an estimate.<2>

While the community is gone, the present day location for Aral is 600 feet [183 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: The area where Aral was located is in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Aral (for example, toward Sturgeon Bay (WI)), you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The location where Aral once stood is in the (231) area code.

Communities near Aral ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are driving.<4>.

Community   2017<5>
Benzonia   [Map]   503   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
Beulah   [Map]   341   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
Elberta   [Map]   372   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Empire   [Map]   372   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
Frankfort   [Map]   1,280   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Glen Haven - Historic   [Map]   ---   N   9 miles [14.5 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Aral.

Communities Also Named Aral ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named Aral - they are located in Kansas and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Aral.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Aral. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Aral. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Aral.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Aral:

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Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Aral, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or gone without an obvious trace.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Aral - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Aral) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Aral. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Aral

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aral. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.7624, Longitude: -86.0747     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Aral have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<5>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Aral.

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