Historic Map - Niles, MI - 1868

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

This bird’s-eye view print of Niles, Michigan was drawn and published by Albert Ruger, Chicago Lith. around 1868. Niles was settled along the St. Joseph River, at the location of the former St. Joseph fort and trading post, in the 1820's. It was named after political journalist Hezekiah Niles.

Niles prospered as an agricultural center containing several flouring mills. The Michigan Central Railroad reached the community in the 1840's.

Niles was an important safe-haven stop for escaping slaves along the Underground Railroad before and during the American Civil War.

The illustration includes labeled roads, bridges, buildings, waterways and railroad route.

Features references to the following locations:

  • Union School.
  • Methodist Church.
  • Baptist Church.
  • Episcopal Church.
  • Presbyterian Church.
  • Congregational Church.
  • Lutheran Church.
  • Catholic Church.
  • M. C. R. R. Depot.
  • Cemetery.
  • Fair Ground.
  • Oil Well.
  • Murry & Finley, Wagon & Car Mfr.
  • C. C. Wells Planing Mills
  • D. & W. K. Lacey Flouring Mills.
  • J. M. Hall & Co. Flour Mills.
  • J. Geltmacher Flour Mills.

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