Historic Map - Jackson, MI - 1868

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View of Jackson, Jackson County, M.I., 1868 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.

This bird’s-eye view print of Jackson, Michigan was drawn and published by Albert Ruger, Chicago Lith. Co. around 1868. Jackson was settled on the banks of the Grand River in the late 1820's and was named county seat of the newly established Jackson County in 1832. It was located along a well-used trail mid-way between Detroit and the Chicago area.

In an 1838 Gazetteer of Michigan article promoting the town, it is stated: “Jackson, a village, the seat of justice for the county of Jackson, in a township of the same name, situated on the east bank of Grand River, contains a post office, a druggist’s store, a tannery furnace, two saw-mills, a flouring mill with four run of stone, four dry goods, eight lawyers and three physicians. A Baptist church is now erecting. A church, called the Union Church, to accommodate several denominations, will be completed soon. The State Penitentiary has been located here, and is in progress of construction. Here is likewise the location of a branch of the University. The Detroit & St. Joseph railroad is to pass through here. There is a fall of eight feet in the river at this place, and any amount of water-power can be obtained in the vicinity. Within half a mile of the village is a quarry of fine sandstone. It is very flourishing, distant 80 miles west from Detroit. 606 northwest of Washington City.”

The image includes labeled roads, buildings and railroad route.

Features references to the following locations:

  • Michigan State Prison.
  • Jackson County Fairground.
  • Union School House.
  • Branch School Houses.
  • Jackson County Offices.
  • Jackson County Jail.
  • Congregational Church.
  • Jewish Synagogue.
  • Methodist Church.
  • Baptist Church.
  • Episcopal Church.
  • Lutheran Church.
  • Catholic Church.
  • Michigan Central R. R. Depot.
  • Jackson Branch R. R. Depot.
  • Cemetery.

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