Stone marks historic Chicago Road in Michigan

Last summer I took a day trip across part of southern Michigan on the historic U.S. Highway 12, not far from the Indiana border. And when I say historic, I’m not exaggerating in the least bit. There are many interesting sites of a historical nature along the road and one can be found in Cass County just on the edge of Union where Mason Street meets Highway 12. Apparently owners of the property were clearing brush and discovered this rock with its original foundation. In the early decades of the 20th century, various groups decided to mark the route of the old Chicago Road. It is said the Grange is responsible for this particular marker, which looks as if it says “Chicago Road 1828.” The foundation bears the Grange’s name and the year 1911. What is now U.S. 12 was once known as the Chicago Road (it connected Detroit and Chicago) and even further back, the Sauk Indian Trail. Fortunately the property owners discovered a valuable historical monument to a road with a rich history.

Marker on the old Chicago Road in Cass County Michigan.

Marker on the old Chicago Road in Cass County Michigan.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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