1843 : Villages in Royal Oak and Birmingham Salute New Train

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On the “glorious fourth”, the Governor, accompanied by several members of his cabinet and staff, together with a number of private citizens, took a ride on the new Detroit and Pontiac Railroad by the invitation of the proprietors. The party left Detroit at half past eight in the morning, and after a pleasant ride arrived in Pontiac at half past ten. Royal Oak and Birmingham greeted the guests with salutes of artillery, and all seemed highly gratified at the success of the enterprise.

“Detroit and Pontiac Rail Road”, Detroit Free Press, July 6, 1843, column 1.

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