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TERRITORIAL ROAD

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE "OLD TERRITORIAL ROAD" AND ITS TAVERNS

He was shot by Stoddard but not killed. Stoddard imprisoned 5 years. town. The old tavern, a frame building, stood in the lower part of the town and was kept by one of the Blackmans. Here we met Dr. King of Augusta, who was now taking two of his sons, DeWitt and Chauncey, to Ann Arbor to school. The next day while continuing our journey, my mother fell from the wagon and received some injury. This was some two miles east of Sandstone and near Beck's tavern, where, on account of this accident, we remained till the next morning, when we again started on our route. Mathers kept tavern at Sandstone, I believe. Of this place I have no distinct recollection; there was not much of a place, probably, to recollect. But that long corduroy road over the black marsh this side of Sandstone, who that passed over it could ever forget? This marsh, before it was causewayed, was the "Slough of Despond" in the new pilgrim's progress. For nearly a mile wide it was cut up by the loaded teams passing over it, into on conglomeration of black muck. Horses would sometimes mire in it, and instances are related where they were compelled to roll them over and over till they got them to hard land. Charles P. Lewis kept the tavern at Parma in 1836. Blashfield's tavern was near Parma. This is one of those famous old inns whose mere mention will yet wake a thousand recollections of those days in the minds of the surviving pioneers. The old landlord now lives at Yorkville in Kalamazoo county. This day's travel brought us to Graham's tavern, some three miles east of Albion. And the next to Col. Maynard's well known stand, three miles east of Marshall. I believe we spent a night at each of the inns.

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