Allen Creek Valley Shapes the Town
From Ann Arbor's founding in 1824 until today, the presence of the waterway has defined the shape of the center of town. The creek provided the site for the city's earliest known bathhouse, an octagonal Victorian structure built over the creek at Liberty and First streets. Early skating parks and swimming areas also were located along the creek. In 1878 the first passengers on James Ashley's new Toledo & Ann Arbor Railroad arrived in town. The railroad followed the valley and spurred increased industrial development along the creek.
By Ann Arbor's centennial in 1924, property owners near the creek, upset by frequent flooding and pollution, demanded that the city put the creek into a storm sewer. Although it was buried in twelve miles of pipe, heavy downpours sometimes exceeded the capacity of the pipe, resulting in flooding along its watershed.
Location. 42° 16.778′ N, 83° 44.981′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Liberty Street and Ashley Street on Liberty Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ann Arbor MI 48104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Main Street Shopping Experience (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Thomas the Apostle Church (approx. half a mile away); Rackham School of Graduate Studies (approx. 0.6 miles away); Michigan Central Railroad Depot (approx. 0.7 miles away); William L. Clements Library (approx. 0.7 miles away); Martha Cook Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Four World Records (approx. 0.9 miles away); Washtenaw County War Memorial (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Also see . . . Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Program website. (Submitted on July 18, 2016, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
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