View of Pontiac, Oakland County, M.I., 1867 / drawn & published by A. Ruger.
This bird’s-eye view print of Pontiac, Michigan was drawn and published by Albert Ruger, Chicago Lith. in 1867. Pontiac was settled in the 1810's along Clinton River north west of Detroit. The river afforded power for woolen and grist mills at that location.
Railroads reached the community in the 1840's, bringing with them business speculators and industrialists that would shape Pontiac’s future automobile industry.
Michigan’s natural resources fueled Pontiac’s carriage industry which was quite prosperous in the years before the horseless carriage.
The illustration includes labeled roads, buildings, waterways and railroad route. It features inset illustrations of the following:
- National Block, corner Saginaw & Lawrence Sts.
- Residence of H. Pratt, Cottage St.
- Residence of M. E. Crofoot, William St.
- Residence of E. B. Comstalk, Huron St.
- First National Bank, Saginaw St.
- Residence of W. M. McConnell Esq., Church St.
- Residence of Hon. A. C. Baldwin, Saginaw St.
- Residence of G. W. Bowlby, Parke St.
- Clinton Hall, Bagg & Flowers Block, Saginaw St.
Features references to the following locations:
- Court House.
- Union School.
- Primary Schools.
- Fair Ground.
- D. & M. R. R. Depot.
- Methodist E. Church.
- Episcopalian Church.
- Protestant Methodist Church.
- Presbyterian Church.
- Congregational Church.
- Baptist Church.
- Catholic Church.