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A Garden Of Eden

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Parent Issue
Day
24
Month
September
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain
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Philosophers have often contended that the aesthetio sense is closely related to the intellect. This is probably the reason why America's greatest Universitv was located in Ann Arbor, for, if the tistimony of visitors savors not strongly of "taffy," this city is one of nature's proudest works. ïhe poet sings of "niurmuring elms and pines." Had he substituted maples for pines, his words trould have more truthful, although not so rhythmical. The streets of Ar.n Arbor are lined on both sides with the most perfect shade trees - hard maples, elms and occasionally broad and gnarled oaks. The walks are for the most part completely covered, becoming bowers as beautiful as they are pleasant. The streets of Ann Arbor are broad and are laid out just regularly enough toguard against confusión on the one hand and monotony on the other. Many of them rise and fall in graceful slopes, and terraces abound in all parts of the city. So hard and, at the same time, so porous, is the soil that the streets are in as perfect a condition as if they were maoadamized. They are constantly orked by the city and kept clear of weeds and rubbish. The aveiiues surrounding the University campus are especially noteworthy. These are over 100 feet wide. Down the center of each runs a row of beautiful shade trees, standing in the middle of a long grass plot some twelve feet wide. On one side of the campus, tlovvoring plants are interspersed among the trees. Ingalls-st. is a delightful avenue running on the brow of the hill for Bevend blooks and overlooking the valley of thelluron river. Fine residences line the street on either side. Washtenawave. is equally beautiful, if not more so. It starts from the northeast corner of the campus and runs in a southeasterly direetion for nearly a mile, rising gradually all the way. Spacious lawns, oomprising several acres, beautiful groves, picturesque terraces and magnificent residencies, add to its attractiveness. Many other streets, such as Huron, ■State, División and Packard, should also he mentioned. THE "BOULEVARD." Ho visitor to Ann Arbor, if he i ates natural scenery, will fausto ranke 'trip around Cedar Bend avenue, inappropriately called by some, "tbo boulelUis is ii beautiful drive, nearly long, skirting the brow and .sidos Jf several high hills and overlooking I wA the city and the Hurón river. Bojeen the road and the lluron, in Rome Places 175 feet below. lie thickly wooded I t'if8 an smo?th plains. which, some I m t6 w''l be transformed into a I ftf, At Present this beautiful spot is I , quented by many a picnic party and I vm?ny a pair of romantic lovers." lie.'8 "tterly impossible, by a verbal p'ription, to convey an adequate idea ■ the "boulevard" and surrounding ??wy. There is bardly a foot of ground ■ W ♦ 8 not ow' some peculiar Suty of its own. Standing at the sumI i the lonf? hül on Broadway, the L runs straight for about ten rods. I fe 'V turns sharply to the left and es the Sugar Loaf, christened bv the Cr6Q."Lennon's Mountain." A little ■ tin"1 Passes a sraall bridge, which ■ % 8 pretty ravine watered by a I tw " Here the road takes another ■ kist SOOn lo?es itselí in a süad' ■ tS fountain, supplied with cool I Cu ií'ater' 8tands by the roadside. I %: tle dr've leaves the woods and ■ Wnr,pen ground again, revealing a ■ C'7 viftw of Ann Arbor. Slowly nu'Dg, it passes the historie C'edar Bend and winds in a corkscrew curve down the steep hill, till it finally meets the old river road. Prof. MosesCoitTylerand the late Dr. Frieze, in the old days, were wont to stroll over the hills, day after day, and they never wearied of the beautiful and diversifted soenery. The latter used frequently to remark that the country around Cedar Bend reminded him of that near ïubingen, in Germany, where he spent Bome of his early student days. By degrees, residents of this city begsn to wonder, more and more, why a beautiful drive had not long ago been built on the brow of the hills, and, about two years ago, agitation began with that end in view. A number of prominent citizens took the matter in hand, and pushed it finally to a successful completion. The owners of the surrounding land were approached, and were induced to dónate a right of way, and the city could not very well refuse the gift. SL'RRODNDING SCENERY. Cedar Bend avenue is not the only beautiful drive near the city Four broad roads, some of them quite picturesque, connect Ann Arbor with its fair sister, Ypsilanti, eight miles distant. The "river road," which skirts along the Hurón for a portion of the way, deserves especial mention. School Girl's Glen and Cascade Glen are written in the memory of every one who has ever visited Ann Arbor. These are beautiful ravines, with springs and trees. Cascade glen is near what is known as Cornwell's mili pond, an enlargement of the Huron river half amile wide and several miles long. This beautiful sheet of water furnishes excellent skating in winter, boating in summer and fishing at all times. The scenery on the Huron for six miles above Ann Arbor is a fitting subject for the painter's brush. ANN ARBOR'S PARKS are few in number, but to teil the truth, the whole city is but one large park. Thero are, however, three parks in the city which deserve mention. One of these, Relief Park, comprises forty or fifty acres of wooded land just within the city limits. It is the property of our Germán citizens and is the scène of many a gay celebration and picnic. Hamilton Park, towards the southern limits of Ann Arbor, was laid out by .Messrs. Hamilton, Rose and Sheehan and was donated to the city two years ago. It will, when completed, contain an artificial lake. It is already provided with winding roads and tiower beds. In the center a large fountain disports itself. The ground formerly occupied by the " old cemetery," in the eastern part of Ann Arbor, is now the property of the city. Before many months have passed away, it will be transformed intoabeautiful public park. NEIGHBORING RESOKTS. Within short distances trom Ann Arbor are a number of beautiful lakes. Of these Whitmore is probably the best known. Here the last enenmpment of the state militia was held. The lake is sitnated about twelve miles Erom thia city on the line of the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Xorth Michigan railway. It is about two mües in diameter." On its shores are two'good hotels and a number of private cottages. Cavanaugh lake, Zukey lake, Xorth lake and age lake are beautiful sheets of water which are frequented by Aun Arbor people during the hot summer months. BEADTIPtTL PAEMtNG OOUMTBT. Washtenaw county is acknowledged to possess sotne of the tinest farming country in the world. Beautiful crops make the farmers happy and leaven the whole business community. A yield of thirty or even "forty bushels of vvheat to the acre is by no means a rarety. Stockraising- sheep, cattle and horses -is also extensively carried on. "Washtenavv county is speeially noted for its fine grades of vrooL To tbis it may be added that Ann Arbor is in the center of a fruit belt, wbich is known throughout the United States. Peaohes, apples, pears and irrapes are raised in rich profusión. A drive along some of the roads in the spring and early fall discloses a beautifu], as well as instructive, sight. Prom Aun Arbor are annually shipped thousands of barrels of rich fruit. David Henning, said to be the largest fruit shipper in America, raakes Ann Arbor his headquarters. Fruit culture, as well as the ordinary kinds of agricultura, are made the basis of an intelligent study by the farmers of the county. A well organized horticultural society meets monthly and discusses everything relative to the raising of fruit. Endowed, as it is with nature's richest bounties, is it any wonder that Washtenaw county teems with wealth, and that its metropolis, Ann Arbor, yearly becomes richer inthegood things of this life?

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