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"Jackson, a city, the capital of Jackson co., Mich., is on Grand River, and on the Michigan Central Railroad where it crosses the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Rail road, 76 miles W. of Detroit, 37 miles S. of Lansing, and 94 miles S.E. of Grand Rapids. It is the S.E. terminus of the Grand River Valley Railroad and the E. terminus of the Air Line division of the Central Railroad, and is connected with Saginaw by the Central Railroad. It contains the state prison, with about 700 convicts, about 17 churches, 2 national banks, 3 other banks, 14 school buildings with 70 teachers, 2 high schools, and printing-offices which issue 3 daily and 5 weekly newspapers. It has also gas-works, Holly water-works, electric lights, an electric street-railway, 4 flouring-mills, 4 machine-shops, 3 foundries, 4 sash- and blind-factories, 5 planing-mills, 4 breweries, 2 manufactories of furniture, 3 of agricultural implements, 7 of carriages and wagons, 1 of chemicals, 1 of railroad-cars, 3 of pumps, 3 of cigars, 5 coal-mines, a pottery, £ machine-shops of the Michigan Central Railroad, and many minor industries and trades, and is a growing business centre of diversified interests. Pop. in 1870, 11,447; in 1880, 16,105; in 1890, 20,798."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Otsego Hotel

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Gresco
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Michigan Corset Co., Jackson, Mich.

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February 1898

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Bennet Stock Farm Barn, Jackson, Mich.

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Michigan I.O.O.F. State Home

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City Hospital

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State Prison
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Hotel Hayes

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St. Paul's Church

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St. Joseph's Home

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Michigan Central Shops
postmarked 1910

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Masonic Temple

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Hayes Wheel Company Works
postmarked 1922
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  • Jackson was first settled in 1829
    On July 3, 1829, Horace Blackman, accompanied by Alexander Laverty, a land surveyor, and an Indian guide forded the Grand River and made camp for the ... Read MORE...

  • Michigan State Prison or Jackson State Prison, which opened in 1839, was the first prison in Michigan.
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  • The Republican party began in Jackson in 1854
    On July 6, 1854, a state convention of anti-slavery men met to establish a new political party. The large crowd could not be accommodated in the hall ... Read MORE...

  • 1873 - Railroad station built in Jackson
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  • News  1874 - A CRASH AT THE STATE PRISON.
    DETROIT, Dec. 30. The center portion of of [sic] the building at the State Prison, Jackson, Mich., fell yesterday. The building was three stories... Read MORE...

  • Founded in 1884, the Jackson Corset Co. became the largest manufacturer of corset and waist garments in the US.
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  • News  1884 - THE WORK OF DEATH. FOUR LIVES LOST AT A FIRE IN JACKSON, MICHIGAN. SURROUNDED BY FLAMES THE VICTIMS JUMP FOR THEIR LIVES.
    Jackson, Mich., Feb. 26. - A conflagration swept away the Union Hall block, a four-story building, costing $125,000 in 1864, and containing four... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - HORRIBLE R. R. WRECK - Seventeen Passengers Killed and Fifty-two Others Injured. THE AIR BREAKS FAILED TO WORK
    And Causes a Heavily Loaded Second Section to Crash Into the First Section Causing Loss of Life to Many and Serious Injury to Others - Every... Read MORE...

  • News  1897 - OPERA HOUSE IN ASHES.
    Jackson, Mich., March 1. - The Hibbard opera house burned to the ground Saturday evening. The fire started from the furnace in the basement and... Read MORE...

  • News  1914 - FIVE ARE KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH. FREIGHT AND PASSENGER TRAINS ON MICHIGAN CENTRAL COLLIDE AT JACKSON. THE DEATH LIST MAY BE LARGER. SEVERAL ARE MISSING AND SOME OF THE SERIOUSLY INJURED MAY DIE.
    Jackson, Mich., Jan. 26. - The bodies of four persons were removed early today from the wreck of the Michigan Central passenger train No. 70 from Bay ... Read MORE...

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