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Pathways to the Past

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This countryside tour links past and present by following the pathways of the Michigan Central Railroad tracks and North Territorial Road. Early settlers in the Michigan Territory followed the paths you will take. Historic cemeteries provide the stories in stone of the pioneer communities, some of which no longer exist.

This auto tour will take a leisurely hour and a half, depending on your choice of loops and how long you choose to stay at each stop. The travel distance is approximately 35 miles, including the loops.

BE CAUTIOUS for much of the tour takes you on heavily traveled roads. Please respect private property marked DRIVE-BY. Be sure to park well off the road in places marked STOP. ( MAP - 15KB )

1. Clock Tower

2. Oak Grove Cemetery (1860) intersection of Madison and Middle.

3. Beach School/Florence Howlett Memorial School: 11000 Dexter-Chelsea Road

4. Old Stone Viaduct

5. Hudson Mills Metropark and Hudson Mills Cemetery

6. Stinchfield Woods and Peach Mountain Observatory

7. North Territorial Road

8. North Lake Community

9. Island Lake Road

10. The Lakeshore and Lyndon Central Railroad: 19130 North Territorial Road
(Enter off Embury Road)

11. Parks Lyndon, North and South

12. Lyndon Townhall

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