Historic Map - Bay City, MI - 1867

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View of Bay City, Bay County, M.I., 1867 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.

This panoramic print of Bay City, Michigan and vicinity was drawn and published by Albert Ruger, Chicago Lith. in 1867. Bay City was settled in the 1830's along the Saginaw River. It was named county seat of government of Saginaw County when it was organized in the 1820's.

In the 1850's, Bay County was established with Bay City as its county seat. Bay City earned city status in 1865.

During the mid-1800's, Bay City and its neighboring communities relied heavily on the saw mills and shipyards that were built along that portion of the Saginaw River. Portsmouth, near the mouth of the river, was annexed in 1873.

The bird’s-eye view includes the communities of Portsmouth, Wenona and Salzburg. There are labeled roads, buildings, waterways and the horse-railroad route. Port activity is portrayed along the river, with bridge to Salzburg in open position.

Features references to the following locations:

  • Presbyterian Church.
  • Universalist Church.
  • Lutheran Church.
  • Episcopal Church.
  • Baptist Church.
  • Methodist Church.
  • Catholic Church.
  • County Offices.
  • Union School.
  • Baptist Church, Portsmouth.
  • Methodist Church, Portsmouth.
  • Presbyterian Church, Wenona.

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