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Guy Beckley's home at 1425 Pontiac Trail


Guy Beckley's home at 1425 Pontiac Trail

Guy Beckley's home at 1425 Pontiac Trail.

Read more in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman, 1425 Pontiac Trail by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg, and Ann Arbor Streets: The Underground Railroad.

Image courtesy of Stan Shackman.


Places: 1425 Pontiac Trail

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Huron Block on Broadway


Huron Block on Broadway

Guy Beckley published the Signal of Liberty above his brother Josiah's store in the Huron Block on Broadway.

Read more in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman and Ann Arbor Streets: Lower Town.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Summary: Bentley, nobib, Huron block, Josiah Beckley



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Ann Arbor Y.M.C.A., now Lane Hall


Ann Arbor Y.M.C.A., now Lane Hall

Post card view of Lane Hall when it was still the Y.M.C.A.

Read more in Lane Hall by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.



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Orrin White House


Orrin White House

The Orrin White house across the street from Huron High School is believed to be built by Steven Mills, the same mason who constructed Cobblestone Farm.

Read more in Cobblestone Houses in Washtenaw County by Grace Shackman and 2940 Fuller Road by Marjorie Reade & Susan Wineberg.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Bentley Image Bank: BL001550


Places: 2940 Fuller Road

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Dr. David Cowie


Dr. David Cowie

Dr. David Cowie is best remembered today as the instigator of adding iodine to salt to prevent goiters.

Read more in The Private Hospital Era by Grace Shackman and Medicine in Ann Arbor.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.


People: Dr. David Murray Cowie

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Dupper children in front of their home and the barn


Dupper children in front of their home and the barn

The Dupper family lived at 439 Fifth Street, now the north end of the Bach School playground, and ran a beer distributorship from their barn.

Read more in 439 Fifth Street: From Drinking Spot to Play Yard by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Louis Velker.


Places: 439 Fifth Street

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MUO star Lionel Ames.


MUO star Lionel Ames.

Star Lionel Ames went on to a vaudeville career as a female impersonator.

Read more in When Football Players Danced the Can-Can by Grace Shackman and Ann Arbor Founders: Let's Put on a Play.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Summary: Bentley, nobib


People: Lionel Ames

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Map of the Surveyed Part of the Territory of Michigan, 1825.


Map of the Surveyed Part of the Territory of Michigan, 1825.

Map of the Surveyed Part of the Territory of Michigan, published in 1825 by Orange Risdon.

Read more in Orange Risdon's 1825 Map by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Clements Library, University of Michigan.


Date: 1825

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Ann Arbor Tire Supply, formerly the 1838 jail


Ann Arbor Tire Supply, formerly the 1838 jail

After the jail moved to downtown Ann Arbor, the old jail building on North Main was converted first to a private home and then to a gas station.

Read more in The 1838 Jail by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Summary: Bentley, nobib


Date: 1838

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Cobblestone Farm


Cobblestone Farm

The city-owned property known as Cobblestone Farm, built in 1844 for naval surgeon Benajah Ticknor, is today the site of many community activities.

Read more in Cobblestone Houses in Washtenaw County by Grace Shackman and 2781 Packard Road by Marjorie Reade & Susan Wineberg.

Image courtesy of Stan Shackman.


Places: 2781 Packard Road
Date: 1844

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