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Michigan

Jackson Mi.

The legislative council of the territory of Michigan, by an act "approved October 29th, 1829," created a new tier of counties west of Washtenaw, consisting of Jackson, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Berrien. Mr. Blackman's " location" was at the geographical center of Jackson county, and was the point where the territorial road crossed Grand river, which was the only thoroughfare running east and west north of the Chicago road. This gave the location unusual importance, and on the 14th of January, 1830, the commissioners who were locating the road, with some citizens of Ann Arbor, among whom were Isaiah W. Bennett, Capt. A. Laverty, Edwin Clark, Zenas Nash, Jr., Samuel VanFossen, William Hunt Russell and Henry Rumsey, who had accompanied them from that place, volunteering to go as far as the crossing of Grand River, arrived here and made their headquarters in the log house of Mr. Black-man, then unoccupied, and without doors and windows. They remained here two days and nights, and before their separation, those from Ann Arbor to return home, and the commissioners to pursue their labors towards Lake Michigan, they decided that so important a place, one in which they had enjoyed so jolly a time, should no longer be nameless and unknown.

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