“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bronson in Branch County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Chicago Road

The Chicago Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 19, 2012
1. The Chicago Road Marker
Inscription. 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.
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S162.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Route of the Chicago Road image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 19, 2012
2. Route of the Chicago Road
Close-up of map on marker
41° 51.859′ N, 85° 13.623′ W. Marker is in Bronson, Michigan, in Branch County. Marker is on West Chicago Road (U.S. 12) 0.4 miles east of Prairie River Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Bronson Roadside Park on the north side of US-12. Marker is in this post office area: Bronson MI 49028, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bronson Public Library (approx. 1.8 miles away); Colon / Harry Blackstone (approx. 8.4 miles away); Sturgis Prairie (approx. 10.1 miles away); Harriet Quimby (approx. 10.5 miles away); Branch Cemetery (approx. 10.5 miles away); Sturges-Young Auditorium (approx. 10.8 miles away); Riley Dam & Trail End (approx. 12.5 miles away); Leonidas Civil War Monument (approx. 13.1 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The list includes other historical markers about the Chicago Road in Michigan.
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
Bronson Roadside Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 19, 2012
3. Bronson Roadside Park
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