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2018-04-11 / Features

What’s in a NAME?


Rudyard was originally name Pine River, but as there were already too many Pine Rivers in Michigan, Fred Underwood, a railroad official, renamed the settlement after, after Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865- 1936), an author he admired. The author, who was reportedly flattered by the homage, was named after Rudyard Lake, in Rudyard, Staffordshire, England, where his parents met. The town of Rudyard (possibly originally Rudegard) means either "red" or "rue" and "yard" (enclosure, or garden).

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