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TERRITORIAL ROAD

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE "OLD TERRITORIAL ROAD" AND ITS TAVERNS

During this time civilization had taken up its line of march, with its emigrant wagons, or with knapsack and staff on the old Chicago road westward from Ypsilanti, and all along its route the sound of the ax was heard, breaking "the sleep of the wilderness, " while clearings were made and hamlets sprung up at Saline Clinton, Jonesville, Coldwater, Sturgis, Mottville, and at other places on towards Chicago. The same busy work of progress was going on from Ann Arbor, westward, along the old territorial road, where log cabins arose and villages appeared, as if evoked by magic. For on the map of 1835 we find on this new route west of Ann Arbor, the names of Lima, Grass Lake Jacksonburg, Sandstone, Marshall, Battle Creek, Comstock, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph on the lake. Emigration has also pushed out from Detroit on the Grand River road to Saranac, and on to Grandville. At the same time there were other roads branching out North and South from these main routes, leading to the various improvements over the lower part of the peninsula, and dotting the map here and there, were those heralds of progress—postoffices, saw-mills, and grist mills. The love of one's native country is strong, and when we leave it we carry its love and its memories with us, as we do those of a dear friend, wherever we go. They go not only with us, but they influence us by suggesting their like, when we are selecting new homes in another country. There is a theory like this: 'Tis said the emigrant from New England was sure to get something of his native hills in his western home. That if he came from the banks of a river or from the banks of a lake, the water view would not be forgotten when he sought a home in another place; and that if he was born on a sixty-nine mile level he would be delighted with our burr oak plains or matchless prairies.

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