With origins dating back to the end of the last ice age, the road known as Michigan Avenue was most familiar to early settlers as the “Old Sauk Trail.” Old Chicago Road: US-12 from Detroit to Chicago traces one of America’s oldest and most famous routes—from its eastern origin at the very center of Detroit to its western terminus on the north side of Chicago. Vintage views, many of which have never before been published, explore the cities, towns, and villages along its path. While it has been known by many names throughout its history, the road continues to weave a unique American story in its present form as modern-day thoroughfare US-12.
Author Bio: Through the kindness and generosity of American archivist David V. Tinder, this book draws on the amazing wealth of photographs that make up the Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography in the Clements Library at the University of Michigan. Historian and photojournalist Jon Milan uses this incredible resource to document and celebrate the Old Chicago Road. Milan is also the author of Detroit: Ragtime and the Jazz Age (Arcadia Publishing, 2008).
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