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West Bloomfield Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Lake and a Trolley

Put Keego Harbor on the Map

 
 
A Lake and a Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
1. A Lake and a Trolley Marker
Inscription.
Cass Lake was the quiet pleasure
of farmers and merchants until the first trolley rail system was built through the area in 1895, bringing "weekenders" from Pontiac and Detroit to the area. In 1912 real estate developer Joseph E. Sawyer began selling lots for homes and cottages on the lake and near Orchard Lake Road. Many new members of the community were factory workers and tradespeople working for resorts, landowners and merchants. Keego Harbor officially became a city in 1955 around the intersection of Cass Lake Road and Orchard Lake Road, and remains a gateway to the attractions of Oakland County's lakes.

You Auto Know
The Ojibway word for "fish" is "gigo." Longfellow used the word "keego" in his poem Hiawatha.
 
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 35.886′ N, 83° 20.832′ W. Marker is in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Rycroft 0.1 miles east of Orchard Lake Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the West Bloomfield Trail,
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
2. Upper Left Image
Keego Harbor's business district along Orchard Lake Road, 1935. The city is 0.6 of a square mile, surrounded by the cities of Orchard Lake and Sylvan Lake, and townships of Waterford and West Bloomfield.
a bicycling/hiking trail, about 0.2 mile north of Orchard Lake Road crossing #3. Marker can be seen from Tate-Optimist Park in Keego Harbor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3245 Rycroft, West Bloomfield MI 48324, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Good Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Motoring" to Pine Lake (approx. 0.4 miles away); Waiting Room and the "Wye" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lakes and Attractions (approx. half a mile away); Tracks Over Tracks (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gateway to Nature (approx. 0.9 miles away); Apple Island (approx. one mile away); Waiting for the Trolleys (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Bloomfield Township.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
3. Lower Left Images
Top: A Detroit United Railway (DUR) electric trolley carrying passengers and packages along the Orchard Lake line through Keego Harbor, about 1920. Phto courtesy of Brian Golden. Bottom: The Bee Line bus at Pontiac station, 1954. Automobiles and buses led to the decline of trolley transportation in the 1920s. The Bee Line headquarters and garage were in Keego Harbor. Unless noted otherwise, all images are courtesy of the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
4. Lower Middle Left Images
Left: Visitors camping on Cass Lake, about 1910. Right: The canal connecting Dollar Lake and Cass Lake. Dollar Lake is seen on maps from the 1800s and was probably named for its small, round size by James Strong, whose family owned the earliest boat livery on that lake.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
5. Lower Middle Right Image
Homes in the Keego Harbor Subdivision along the trolley tracks, about 1914.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
6. Upper Right Image
The Veterans' Memorial Plaza is a Keego Harbor landmark at the intersection of Cass Lake Road and Orchard Lake Road.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
7. Lower Right Images
Map: The DUR ran along Cass Lake Road through Joseph E. Sawyer's developments. He first used the name "Keego Harbor" in sales literature. He dredged a canal from Dollar Lake, which he labeled a "harbor," connecting it with Cass Lake. Photo: Real estate developer Joseph E. Sawyer, about 1912.
Tate-Optimist Park and A Lake and a Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
8. Tate-Optimist Park and A Lake and a Trolley Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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