Historic Map - Hillsdale, MI - 1866

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View of Hillsdale, Hillsdale County, M.I., 1866 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.

This bird’s-eye view print of Hillsdale, Michigan was drawn and published by Albert Ruger, Chicago Lith. Co. in 1866. Hillsdale was settled by Europeans in the 1840's.

Hillsdale College was relocated from Spring Arbor Township to Hillsdale in 1855. Hillsdale citizens planned to raise $15,000 for its new building construction on twenty-five acres of land donated by Hon. Esbon Blackmar. Hillsdale was made the county seat of government for the newly formed Hillsdale County during that time.

The image, oriented with north toward the upper right, includes labeled streets, buildings, orchards, waterways and railroad routes.

Features references to the following locations:

  • Hillsdale College.
  • Calkins, Griffin & Co’s Commercial College.
  • Union School.
  • Primary Schools.
  • Court House.
  • Jail.
  • Presbyterian Church.
  • Methodist Church.
  • Catholic Church.
  • Episcopal Church.
  • Lutheran Church.
  • Floral Hall.

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