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Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Early Days in Depot Town

 
 
Early Days in Depot Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, March 28, 2017
1. Early Days in Depot Town Marker
Inscription. In the 1840s and 1850s, the community that grew up around the depot was known by the old-timers as the "East Side." A rivalry over business development in Ypsilanti between East side and the West side, the dividing line being the Huron River, was destructive to the economic growth of the community. In 1857 the East siders seceded from the village of Ypsilanti.

It was through the efforts of the pioneer businessman Mark Norris, that the Cross Street bridge was finally built linking the two villages in 1859. In that same year, the village charter was signed and Chauncy Joslin was elected Ypsilanti's first mayor. A new City Hall and jail (6 West Cross) were built near the Northwest end of the Cross Street bridge.

The Italianate Commercial style building, formerly the Huron House at (25-27 East Cross) was built by Benjamin Follett, M. Norris, I.G. Corklin & M.L. Shutts in 1859. The west portion (17 & 19 East Cross) was later added and became known as the Follett House. The three story hotel held a ballroom on the third floor, sleeping rooms on the second floor, and retail shops on the street level. It was said to be the grandest on the Michigan Central Railroad Line. It had steamed heat and guests dined on fish caught fresh from the Huron River. Many well known entertainers, including Tom Thumb, Buffalo Bill Cody and
Early Days in Depot Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, March 28, 2017
2. Early Days in Depot Town Marker
This marker is the leftmost marker.
singer Jenny Lind performed in the ballroom. At one time the ballroom was also used by the Ypsilanti High School basketball team for home games.

Also...
In Michigan : Thomas Edison, raised in Port Huron, sold newspapers on the Grand Trunk Railway that ran between Detroit, Mt. Clemens and Port Huron in 1959.

American Events: Ratification of the 13th Amendment t the U.S. Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, freed slaves in 1865.

Donated by Scott & Freda Klaassen
 
Erected 1998 by Depot Town Association.
 
Location. 42° 14.764′ N, 83° 36.595′ W. Marker is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is on East Cross Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is along the sidewalk between 29 and 33 East Cross Street, about 350 feet west of North River Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29 East Cross Street, Ypsilanti MI 48198, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ypsilanti Woolen Mill Company (here, next to this marker); The Thompson Building (here, next to this marker); Michigan Central Railroad Depot (here, next to this marker); Michigan Central Railroad Gardens
Current Cross Street Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, March 28, 2017
3. Current Cross Street Bridge
The original city hall is on the far side of the bridge.
(a few steps from this marker); The Real McCoy (a few steps from this marker); The Oliver House (a few steps from this marker); The Last Hudson Dealership (a few steps from this marker); Michigan Central Freighthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ypsilanti.
 
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Original Ypsilanti City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, March 28, 2017
4. Original Ypsilanti City Hall
Former Follett House (left side) and Huron House (right side) image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, March 28, 2017
5. Former Follett House (left side) and Huron House (right side)
Former Follett House and Huron House image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, March 28, 2017
6. Former Follett House and Huron House
Plaque on the Cross Street Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, March 28, 2017
7. Plaque on the Cross Street Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 94 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 29, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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