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Michigan

Jackson Mi.

A more forbidding site for a village or city than that chosen for Jackson could not in all probability have been found in the state of Michigan. The low ground was a swamp, the high land a succession of sand knolls or hills of a very uneven character, interspersed with springs and bog-holes. The river bottom was heavily timbered, very low and wet, and so difficult to improve that it was thirty years after the town was started before there was a good, well established street passing through it. In making improvements, such as laying water-pipe, or building sewers, we now find the old log causeways several feet below the surface of the ground, and this on ground as high as Main at First street. The sand hills were no more than were needed to fill the adjacent spring-like marshes, and properly filling the ground either for streets or for building purposes. These were formidable obstacles to face, and to think of overcoming in a new and unsettled country; but here the great Washtenaw trail crossed Grand river; here was a concentration of Indian trails, showing that it was a point important to the native inhabitants of the territory, and therefore likely to become so when the country should become settled and cultivated.

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