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In 1824, Hervey Bliss, who according to Duane DeLoach's Blissfield's First 150 Years stood "about five feet, three inches tall, with a somewhat florid complexion and . . . blue eyes," left Monroe County, blazed a trail 20 miles through the woods, built a log cabin, and founded the village of Blissfield on the west bank of the River Raisin. In 1826, George Giles, a neighbor of Bliss in Monroe County, moved onto land on the east side of the river in a place he called Lyons. Before the river was bridged, Blissfield consisted of two separate communities, each with its own schools and downtown areas; the village retains some of that split personality. Triple bridges, once nationally famous, remain the proud symbol of Blissfield, joining what the River Raisin keeps separate and what, as floodwaters insist, the river can still force apart.
ISBN: 9781467111676
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 216
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
When he noticed the lack of a central photographic collection focused on local materials, Dr. Bob Barringer, director of Blissfield's Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library, gathered images from a number of sources, including the Lenawee County and Blissfield Historical Societies, local churches, and most notably deeply rooted local families who share their names with nearby streets and businesses.
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