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Saginaw, Michigan, USA - Genesee Ave. West from Tower Block

Saginaw, Saginaw, MI

A trading post was established by Louis Campeau in 1816. The Treaty of Saginaw in 1819 cleared the way for settlement by white people. To control the Ojibwe in the region, the United States government established Fort Saginaw in 1822, but the mosquito infestation and humidity was so severe that the fort was closed in 1824. Campau platted a town, but few lots were sold for some time. Also in 1822, Saginaw County was established.

Saginaw realized significant growth due to the lumber industry boom of the 19th century. Two cities had been established Saginaw City and East Saginaw, which were consolidated into the current city of Saginaw in March, 1890...


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Genesee Ave. West from Tower Block

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Looking East - Genesee Avenue from Jefferson and Lapeer Streets

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  • 1854 - Saginaw
    Saginaw, a post-township in the N. part of Saginaw co., Michigan. Population, 917.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
    From the Saginaw (Mich.) Enterprise, Aug. 13.
    About 2 1/ 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon a small black cloud passed over this city, and almost in an instant, without the least warning, a terrific gale of wind swept over the city with a sad and disastrous effect. The most sad effect of the storm was the entire demolition of the new brick block on the south side of Genesee street and west of Jefferson. It was a three-story building, and the walls were complete, except the front, which was in process of construction. The wind coming from the northwest struck quartering into the open front, and in an instant the whole was a mass of ruins.

    There were at work in the building when it fell six men, all of whom were buried in the debris and more or less hurt. EARNEST STOCKS, a German laborer, was killed instantly. He lived on the Deerfield Road, and leaves a wife and one child. WILLIAM GUESS had a leg and one arm broken, and was otherwise badly bruised. He lies in a very critical state, and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Saginaw
    Saginaw, a city, the capital of Saginaw co, Mich, is on the left or W. bank of a river of the same name, 64 miles N.N.E. of Lansing, 20 miles S. by W. of Bay City, ! miles S.W. of East Saginaw, and 98 miles N.N.W. of Detroit. It is the railroad centre of Northern Michigan, six railroads centring in the city. Its site is a plateau elevated about 30 feet above the river, which is here crossed by 3 bridges. It contains a court-house, 37 churches, 5 national banks, 3 savings-banks, 1 state bank, 2 private banks, public schools, a public library, a theological seminary, 4 daily and 6 weekly newspapers, planing-mills, iron-works, machine- and boiler-works, furniture-factories, breweries, and manufactures of lumber, salt, &c. The total products from these manufactures are estimated at $40,000,000 a year. Vessels drawing 10 feet of water can ascend the river to this place, which exports large quantities of lumber and salt. Saginaw was incorporated in 1859, and now includes the city of East... Read MORE...

  • 2023 - Here are some of the best places to go and things to do in Saginaw, Michigan:
    1. Visit the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House:

    Begin your exploration of Saginaw by immersing yourself in the tranquility of the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House. This serene oasis offers a glimpse into Japanese culture with beautiful gardens, traditional tea ceremonies, and cultural events.

    2. Explore the Children's Zoo at Celebration Square:

    If you're traveling with kids or just a kid at heart, the Children's Zoo at Celebration Square is a must-visit. It's a fun and educational experience with a wide variety of animals and interactive exhibits. From feeding the giraffes to watching a wildlife show, there's something for everyone.

    3. Take a Stroll Through the Andersen Enrichment Center and Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Rose Garden:

    This beautiful center is situated in a historic mansion and features ever-changing art exhibits. The surrounding Rose Garden is a delightful spot for a leisurely stroll, especially during the spring and summer when the roses are... Read MORE...

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male ancestorGregor NOLD (1739, , Germany (German States) (German Empire) - 31 March 1807, Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
male ancestorJohn WATERS (1790, , Ontario, Canada - 26 July 1874, Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
male ancestorTimothy BARNARD (1800, , New Hampshire, USA - 20 April 1871, Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
male ancestorJohn BROWN (1801, , Canada - 12 April 1872, Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
female ancestorMinerva B. GARDNER (1801, , Massachusetts, USA - 3 June 1877, Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
female ancestorMary STERN (1801, Londonderry, Ireland - 25 December 1878, Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
female ancestorSarah SLOAT (1803, Elmira, New York, USA - 27 March 1875, Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
male ancestorG. B. A. HELFIELD (1804, , Nova Scotia, Canada - 9 August 1876, Saginaw, Michigan, USA)
male ancestorJames D CROWLEY (1804, , Canada - 31 December 1878, Saginaw, Michigan, USA)

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male ancestorGeorge HUNTINGTON (9 October 1861 - ) and female ancestorElizabeth Hotchkiss BURROWS (17 June 1866 - ) married 2 December 1886
male ancestorWallace Lee BOSHAW (12/16/1933 - 27 July 2021) and female ancestorTreva Ann COOPER (09/11/1936 - 10/27/2008) married 06/13/1959
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