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The Saginaw Trail led from the frontier town of Detroit into the wilderness, weaving through towering trees and swamps to distant Native American villages. Presenting a forbidding landscape that was also a settlers' paradise, the road promised great riches in natural resources like lumber and agriculture, and a future of wheeled vehicles that would make Michigan the center The Saginaw Trail led from the frontier town of Detroit into the wilderness, weaving through towering trees and swamps to distant Native American villages. Presenting a forbidding landscape that was also a settlers' paradise, the road promised great riches in natural resources like lumber and agriculture, and a future of wheeled vehicles that would make Michigan the center of a global industry. Leslie Pielack tells the story of the ancient path that transformed early Michigan and of the people whose lives intertwined with the iconic road.


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The Saginaw Trail led from the frontier town of Detroit into the wilderness, weaving through towering trees and swamps to distant Native American villages. Presenting a forbidding landscape that was also a settlers' paradise, the road promised great riches in natural resources like lumber and agriculture, and a future of wheeled vehicles that would make Michigan the center The Saginaw Trail led from the frontier town of Detroit into the wilderness, weaving through towering trees and swamps to distant Native American villages. Presenting a forbidding landscape that was also a settlers' paradise, the road promised great riches in natural resources like lumber and agriculture, and a future of wheeled vehicles that would make Michigan the center of a global industry. Leslie Pielack tells the story of the ancient path that transformed early Michigan and of the people whose lives intertwined with the iconic road.

19 review for The Saginaw Trail: From Native American Path to Woodward Avenue (Landmarks)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ben Dougherty

    3.5 Fascinating histories of the “Saginaw Trail,” or, as I grew up calling it, Woodward and Dixie Highway. This book is why I’m such a big believer in place-based scholarship and thinking. To someone who has lived their whole lives in California, this book would probably be dry as a bone. To me, it’s a tale of ancestry and reflection. Author Leslie Pielack steers us through the history of the trail from its ancient beginnings. As the white colonists moved in (and, with them, methods for recordin 3.5 Fascinating histories of the “Saginaw Trail,” or, as I grew up calling it, Woodward and Dixie Highway. This book is why I’m such a big believer in place-based scholarship and thinking. To someone who has lived their whole lives in California, this book would probably be dry as a bone. To me, it’s a tale of ancestry and reflection. Author Leslie Pielack steers us through the history of the trail from its ancient beginnings. As the white colonists moved in (and, with them, methods for recording history), human drama unfolded along the trail daily. The profound losses of the Native American were the economic gains of the white man. Far too soon, Pielack chauffeurs us to the modern crumbling concrete byways of postindustrial Michigan. Alas, the Saginaw Trail theme is intriguing but limiting. The most fascinating travelers were pushed to the Isabella Reservation (or to the grave) long ago. Decent attempt to include perspectives of marginalized people of all kinds. The human drama of the Saginaw Trail was not picky.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dave Decker

    A very well sourced, very well written history of an important road and trail during the settlement and development of the Southeastern Michigan area. Leslie has done an outstanding job at telling the stories of the people and places along this road, with a lot of detail and in an easy to read way. The book has a lot of information for anyone researching or interested in the history of the Wayne/Oakland/Genessee and Saginaw County areas, including Native American impacts and European points of v A very well sourced, very well written history of an important road and trail during the settlement and development of the Southeastern Michigan area. Leslie has done an outstanding job at telling the stories of the people and places along this road, with a lot of detail and in an easy to read way. The book has a lot of information for anyone researching or interested in the history of the Wayne/Oakland/Genessee and Saginaw County areas, including Native American impacts and European points of view. Highly recommended.

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    Michele Purdie

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