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Michigan

OAKLAND COUNTY

It worked nicely when it was new; those who drove over it thought the teamster's millennial had come ; but by and by the timbers shrunk away from each other, leaving crevices into which the wheels would run, and then a pull sideways would break the wheel or throw the team on the logs outside the road. It became quite dangerous at last, and was entirely removed. The second plank road was laid through the town about 1850. It was constructed on what used to be the United States military road, laid out from Detroit to Grand Haven. The third plank road was from Novi to Commerce, was remarkable chiefly for the loss it occasioned the stockholders and for giving the lawyers the case of Pettibone vs. the Novi and Commerce Plankroad Company, and to jurisprudence the celebrated decision affirming the divisibility of contracts. The first and only railway was laid in 1871.

Oakland Co. Michigan


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