Channing began as a railroad junction called Fort Siding. Although the railroad is still active there is no longer passenger service.
In 1892, a post office was established named Channing, after John Parke Channing, a mining engineer who surveyed the area. The post office continues to serve ZIP code 49815.
There are three main road routes into Channing.
Channing is north of trail 16 and west of trail 5.
The most popular nightclub/bars in downtown Channing are Cuculi's and the Channing Restaurant.