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Michigan

Jackson Mi.

Horace Blackman was looking for a " location"—he was seeking a home, and when he had crossed Grand river he did not perhaps exclaim, " If you seek a beautiful peninsula, look around you," but he certainly made up his mind that on this spot he would cast his fortune; and he pitched his tent on the southeast quarter of section thirty-four, town two south, of range one west. The judgment of Mr. Blackman has been justified by time, for this land is now in the heart of the city of Jackson, its south line being the line of Main street from near Grand river, and running thence west half a mile, being not only of the most valuable grounds, but also having upon it some of the most substantial, valuable and ornamental buildings in the city. Capt. Alexander Laverty did not locate any lands within what are now the city limits. He appears at this time to have acted rather in the capacity of pioneer and woodman, for which, by experience and habit, he was eminently qualified.

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