The Chicago Road / Old Sauk Trail
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
N 41° 51.856 W 085° 13.630
16T E 647136 N 4636225
Quick Description: Located in an MDOT roadside park on the north side of the Chicago Road (US-12) about 2 miles west of Bronson. Of course there is parking available.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 12/7/2007 5:18:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM2QEP
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member kbarhow
Views: 99

Long Description:
From the Michigan Historical Marker on site:
One of the great routes for the pioneers coming west was the Chicago Road. The survey of the road began at Detroit in 1825 and followed closely the Sauk Trail which Indians had marked and traveled for centuries before the coming of the white man. Because of its many curves the road was likened to "a huge serpent, lazily pursuing its onward course, utterly unconcerned as to its destination." Originally designed as a military highway linking the forts at Detroit and Chicago, the road proved to be more important in opening southern Michigan to settlement and as a westward land route enabling travelers to avoid the long voyage by boat around lower Michigan. By the 1830's pioneer families by the thousands each year were moving over this road in their wagons. By 1835 the Western Stage Company of Detroit was running two stages daily to Chicago. Much of the road was little more than an unimproved trail, making a trip over it an unforgettable and an uncomfortable experience. Buildings from that bygone age still stand along US-12, the Chicago Road's descendant.
Feature Discription: Michigan Historical Marker

Web address for the route: [Web Link]

Secondary Web Address: [Web Link]

Beginning of the road: Detroit, Michigan

End of the road: Rock Island, Illinois

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