Sylvan Lake in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Great Escape
Traveling to Sylvan Lake
The world got bigger for most people around 1900
Trolleys and automobiles appeared in southeast Michigan around then, and more people could enjoy distance places. Travel time from Detroit to Sylvan Lake's natural beauty and attractions was slashed to about an hour. In the early 1890s, entrepreneur Merrill B. Mills planned hundreds of acres of his property at Sylvan Lake as streets, subdivisions and the luxurious Sylvan Lake Inn. Even more boldly, he created a local link to the regional trolley system, inviting visitors and investors to the community he was creating.
You Auto Know
Garland Avenue has a boulevard because the trolleys ran down the center of the street until they were removed in 1928.
Erected 2013 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 42° 37.183′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keego Harbor MI 48320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oakland County Boat Club (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); "X" Marks the Spot (approx. ¼ mile away); New Life for Children (approx. ¼ mile away); Ordered by Mail - Sent by Rail (approx. ¼ mile away); Sylvan Lake Inn (approx. ¼ mile away); "Body by Fisher" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Learning and Growing (approx. half a mile away); Welcome to Beaudette Park (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylvan Lake.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 17, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.