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TERRITORIAL ROAD

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE "OLD TERRITORIAL ROAD" AND ITS TAVERNS

And having halted for the night, he, in the evening, around the cheerful fireside in the log tavern, delighted in telling over the adventures and mishaps of the day, and in listening to those of others. Or perhaps the Stage driver "told his richest stories, While the landlord's laugh was ready chorus. " or the teamsters sang a song or engaged in jokes and repartees This new and attractive region was an interesting study, ever entertaining me as we journeyed westward. It was like finding another volume of "Arabian nights" that held me enraptured with its wondrous and delightful stories from Detroit to our new home in the interior of the State. But now, in the year of grace 1875, as I sit at my task and essay to revive the memories of that eventful journey into Michigan, it is like the attempt to recall the recollections of an old. volume I had read thirty-nine years ago. Alas how many of those memories have "Gone glimmering through the dream of things that were. " In the spring of 1825 an emigrant with his family and effects, in a lumber wagon drawn by an ox team, started out from Detroit, and taking the old trail pushed on into the wilderness of Wayne county, and pitched his tent on the present site of Plymouth. This was Erastus Starkweather, whose son William is now living in Battle Creek. Mr. Tibbitts, Roswell Root, John Van Sickler, and others followed 'him in the same year. These were the founders of Plymouth.

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