View of Monroe, Monroe County, M.I., 1866 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.
This bird’s-eye view print of Monroe, Michigan was drawn and published by Albert Ruger, Chicago Lith. in 1866. Monroe was a farming center and railroad hub of the Lake Erie region in the late 1800's.
The town had been the site of the Frenchtown Battles during the War of 1812. Following the war Monroe County was organized with Monroe as the county seat; both named for President James Monroe.
The Michigan Southern Railroad began serving the community in the 1840's. During the American Civil War many new branches of Michigan’s railroad system were added, and with Monroe’s location along the lake and half-way between Toledo and Detroit, much railroad activity occurred here.
The illustration includes labeled roads, buildings, waterways and railroad routes.
Features references to the following locations:
- German Catholic Church.
- French Catholic Church.
- Episcopal Church.
- St. Zion Lutheran Church.
- St. Trinity Lutheran Church.
- St. Emanuel Lutheran Church.
- Presbyterian Church.
- Methodist Church.
- Union School.
- Young Ladies Seminary.
- Battle Field.