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INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE SAGINAW VALLEY

BY JUDGE ALBERT MILLER

A person passing over what was then the lonely route described in the foregoing article, can see every saw mill and salt block that is required to manufacture one thousand million feet of lumber and two million barrels of salt annually, and can see many of the thousands of busy workmen that are employed in converting the saw logs into lumber, and the brine into salt, and in loading the fleets of vessels with lumber and the trains of cars with salt; he would pass by four beautiful cities where there is such wealth and refinement as could scarcely be found in any of the cities of the United States fifty years ago; he would pass within one mile of all the dwellings that sheltered near one hundred thousand souls.
The little hamlet at Saginaw has grown to a city of twelve thousand inhabitants and contains many palatial residences and some fine public buildings; the site of East Saginaw, which fifty years ago was marked only by a roofless block for a house, now contains over thirty thousand busy people; the busy hives of Carrollton and Zilwaukie stand on the opposite side of the river from the contemplated Dorr farm, and Bay City extends from the point where I fed Tromble's hay stack to the cattle almost to the mouth of the river, covering the location of Major's shanty, Tromble's trading house, and Trudell's residence, and the site of the little log house where the writer received a kind welcome and enjoyed the luxury of a rousing fire in the chimney corner to warm himself by, and obtained other refreshments when required while on his lonely journeys up and down the river fifty years ago.

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