The Sauk Native American Trail (US-12): Detroit to Chicago Today

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St.

The three great Native American Trails in early Michigan history were the Grand River, the Territorial (Michigan Avenue) and the Sauk. Eventually these trails became US-16, US-12 and US112 and later the three became I-96, I-94 and US-12, respectively. (US-12 as a numbered highway was originally US-112). The Sauk Trail became the most heavily traveled in Michigan (US-112, then US-12) because it was the most direct highway between Detroit and Chicago. John S. Geisler, EdD, Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University, will cover the history of the highway and what it looks like today. View a copy of the original survey of the road done in 1825.

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