View of Adrian, Lenawee County, M.I., 1866 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.
This bird’s-eye view print of Adrian, Michigan was drawn and published by Albert Ruger, Chicago Lith. in 1866. Adrian was established on land purchased by Addison J. Comstock as Lenawee County was being organized in the 1820's. Adrian, located southwest of Detroit, was named county seat of government in 1826.
The Erie & Kalamazoo Railroad began making seasonal daily stops in Adrian beginning in 1837. Adrian held important shops of the railroad and was a major junction for east and west travel.
The Adrian Union School was formed in the 1840's when a number of area school districts consolidated into one building. The school building was destroyed by fire in 1866.
Adrian’s streets were paved in 1859. That same year Adrian College was established. Adrian’s Steam Fire Department was organized in 1867 with two steamers, one hook and ladder company and a number of hose-carts.
The illustration includes labeled roads, buildings and railroad route. It features inset illustrations of the following:
- Residence of Henry Hart, Broad St.
- Masonic Temple, Maumee & Winter Sts.
- Lawrence Hotel, Maumee & Winter Sts.
- Residence of W. T. Lawrence, Maumee St.
- Residence of Mrs. R. Barnum, Broad & Toledo Sts.
- Adrian College.
- Mansion House, Wm. S. Sammons, Proprietor.
- Residence of C. Redfield & W. E. Kimball, S. Main St.
- Residence of G. L. Bidwell, Church St.
- Residence of Dr. W. Owen, Winter & Railroad Sts.
- Residence of Henry Angel, Maumee & Monroe Sts.
Features references to the following locations:
- Adrian College.
- Congregational Church.
- Episcopal Church.
- Methodist Church.
- Baptist Church.
- Catholic Church.
- Union School.
- Primary School.
- County Fair Ground.
- Union Hall.
- County Offices.