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Bird'seye view of Ann Arbor, 1866

Bird'seye view of Ann Arbor, 1866 image

Most of the 19th-century homes and churches built between downtown (upper left) and UM campus (lower right) have been lost to 20th-century commercial expansion. In what was once a neighborhood of quiet, unpaved tree-lined streets, residents could walk everywhere—to work, to shop, or to worship. Mansions that lined East Huron succumbed to gas stations, parking lots, and large buildings that dominated what became a major auto artery. On North Division, out of the path of development, some grand homes still remain, now protected in a historic district. Once one of the most fashionable parts of town, its houses had extensive grounds, richly
adorned with flowers and trees.

Frame location: South side of Liberty opposite park entrance, facing northeast corner of Liberty and Division

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