History 320 Paper 1 - A Brief History of Brighton Dr. Roger...

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A Brief History of Brighton Dr. Roger Rosentreter History 320 Section 001 Brighton Michigan, “where quality is a way of life,” has held up to these standards as early as 1836. It has always been important to the people of Brighton that the town uphold respectable conditions among its people. The small town was built up around a large pond known to the residents as the “Mill Pond.” This tranquil, small area quickly flourished with the
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installation of the railroad system and has been continuing to grow ever sense. Brighton is one of the oldest settled “villages” in Livingston County, and is forty-three miles from Detroit. It was once the emporium of one of the richest farming districts of the State. Today, the once small farm town has grown to a large size but still maintains its small town charm and feel. Around 1785 the Brighton area was under the influence of the Federal Ordnance, which called for a survey of the lands north and west of the Ohio River to the Mississippi River. This ordnance allowed for townships to be originally six squared miles and then further divided. This land was relinquished to the U.S at the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783 but it was not until 1818 that the first public land office opened in Michigan. Land was $1.25 an acre and by 1836 over four million acres of land had been purchased. Many of these purchasers settled in Salem Township of Washtenaw which later became Livingston County. Many people were forced to travel here first due to the lack of roads past Washtenaw County. Livingston County was officially established March 24 th , 1836. After the building of the railroad in 1871 the town boomed with merchants and residents. In 1873 the Detroit Free Press printed an article on the serene town of Brighton, Michigan. The writer described what a passenger would see from the train as it hurried by the small town. He captured the beautiful essence of the town by saying, “The traveller westward bound on the Detroit, Lansing and Lake Michigan Railroad will likely first have his attention arrested by the sight of a beautiful little lake a mile east of the Village of Brighton. His attention will not only be arrested but retained as the train hurries by. His chief regret will be that its speed affords but too brief a glimpse of such picturesque natural loveliness” (Detroit Free Press). The writer also notices that the abundance of land has created a prosperous community of wealthy farmers that are “well-to-do.” The future of Brighton was very promising due to its many
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successes in farming and small businesses. The article also stated that Brighton “is not lacking in
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course HST 320 taught by Professor Rosentrater during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.

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