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Pleasant Ridge in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ridge Road

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 12, 2016
1. Ridge Road Marker
Inscription.  One of the historic trails leading out of Detroit and built on a sandy ridge to avoid swamplands on either side, Ridge Road was originally part of the Saginaw Trail. This route meandered north from Detroit to Pontiac, Flint, Saginaw and finally terminated at the Straits of Mackinac. Originally an Indian pathway connecting Indian villages on the Detroit River with those in Oakland County and other interior areas, the Saginaw Trail was widened by federal troops in 1819. In the years that followed, settlers by the thousands, traveling by covered wagon, ox cart and stagecoach, used the Ridge section of the trail to reach homesteads in Oakland and other inland counties. It has remained a vital highway ever since. The City of Pleasant Ridge incorporated as a village in 1919 derives its name in part from this road.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1819.
 
Location. 42° 28.44′ N, 83° 8.91′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on
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By Joel Seewald, August 12, 2016
2. Ridge Road Marker
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Ridge Road near Millington Road, on the left when traveling north. The marker is at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 Ridge Road, Pleasant Ridge MI 48069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Detroit Zoological Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Polar Bears (approx. 0.7 miles away); Royal Oak Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Royal Oak Woman's Club (approx. 0.9 miles away); Howard & Howard (approx. 0.9 miles away); Royal Oak Volunteer Fire Department (approx. one mile away); Royal Oak Post Office Tragedy (approx. one mile away); Five and Dime (approx. 1.1 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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