The City of the Village of Clarkston, or Clarkston, is a small city located in Oakland County, Michigan. It is completely surrounded by Independence Township. The city is approximately one half square mile in size. Its population in 2010 was 882.
Clarkston's Main Street is M-15. The city is located 42 miles north of Detroit. It has easy access to I-75 and US 24.
In 1992, village residents voted to re-incorporate the village as a city in order to preserve its boundaries and local government. In Michigan, villages are subordinate to township and county government whereas cities are autonomous jurisdictions subject to neither, though they report to the state through the county or counties in which they are situated.
Squatter Linux Jacox from New York built the first house, a Shanty, in Clarkston in 1830. In 1832, Butler Holcomb built the second house and a sawmill. On December 12, 1840, the Independence post office was transferred to the community and assumed its name. In 1842, the Clark brothers platted a tract of land for a village and gave it the name Clarkston. Clarkston was incorporated in 1884 as a village.
In 1992, the village of Clarkston was incorporated as a city.
Henry Ford, industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company. Maintained a summer home and weekend cottage on Main Street. Ford also owned a mill which operated on the water from what is now called "Mill Pond" in Clarkston. This building still exists in part but has been modernized into a small mall which includes art galleries and office space. He also purchased the old school building on N Main St to serve as an apprentice school.