Shelby Township

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In early 1818, a 36-square-mile area of Michigan known as Town 3 N, Range 12 E was surveyed and opened for sale. Ten years later, Shelby Township, blessed with abundant streams and fertile soils, was well on its way to becoming a prosperous farming community lasting well into the 20th century. One of these farms was a station on the Underground Railroad and, 100 years later, home to boxer Joe Louis. The doomed Clinton and Kalamazoo Canal was dug through the township in 1839, but railroads and the horse and buggy remained the preferred modes of transportation until the advent of the automobile. The Packard Motor Car Company purchased over 400 acres in the township in 1926 and installed a world-class automobile testing facility. By 1960, the automobile had changed the landscape, shifting it from farms to the tract housing, retail centers, and industrial complexes seen today.
ISBN: 9780738584287
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 224
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Hilary Davis grew up in Massachusetts, where her love of history was honed, but now calls Shelby Township home. She is a member of the Shelby Township Historical Committee, which allowed access to its archives and collection of photographs. Other images were graciously supplied by Shelby Township residents, past and present.