West Bloomfield Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Lake and a Trolley
Put Keego Harbor on the Map
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,
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 •
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 68 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.