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Shelby Area History

Shelby Twp. Historcal Committee
Shelby township is a growing and diverse community. An 1822 farmhouse, the township’s oldest remaining structure, stands proudly amidst the townhip’s newest homes. One of the nation’s most ambitious canal projects, the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal, runs through the township. An 1871 schoolhouse, the Andrews School Museum provides a unique learning experience for residents of all ages. Shelby Township was surveyed and opened for general land sales in 1818. A township goverment was organized in 1827. The settlement of Disco at the crossroads of 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke, began in the 1830s and was a busy community. The 1928 Packard Proving Grounds, an engineering marvel, graces Van Dyke Avenue.
Why Preserve ? Historic preservation is about enjoyment, education, and economic advantage. When we know our history, we understand ourselves and our community. History provides us with common values, enables us to plan intelligently, and enriches our lives. We owe it to future generations to preserve the evidence of our past.

How the Clinton River Got Its Name:
At one time, there were three rivers in Michigan called the Huron River.  The Lower Huron, which flows through Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Upper Huron, which flows through Pontiac, Rochester, Shelby Township, Utica, and Mt. Clemens, on its way to Lake St. Clair.  The Huron of the North, which flows through the thumb area of Michigan.  Having three rivers with the same name caused so much confusion among people that two of the rivers were renamed.  The Upper Huron was renamed the Clinton River in honor of Governor Clinton of New York.  The Huron of the Northwas renamed the Cass River in honor of Governor Lewis Cass of Michigan.

Did You Know?

  • The Clinton River was shaped by the Wisconsin Glacier that covered Michigan 18,000 years ago.
  • There are three branches of the Clinton River: North Branch, Middle Branch, and Main Branch.
  • The Main Branch flows approximately 80 miles from its head waters west of Pontiac to Lake St. Clair.
  • Approximately seven miles of the Clinton River flows through River Bends Park.
  • The Clinton River was originally names the Huron River by Native Americans. The name was changed to the Clinton River in 1827 in honor of DeWitt Clinton, the governor of New York; the state where many of our early settlers came from.
  • The Clinton River played an important role in both the settlement and development of Macomb and Oakland Counties.
  • The Clinton River was an important natural resource for hunters, trappers, and early settlers. It served as a significant source for food, water, and transportation, as well as a power source to operate mills.
  • The Clinton River is still a valuable resource to us today. It provides opportunities for recreation such as fishing, canoeing, wildlife watching, and other outdoor activities.
  • The Clinton River serves as a principle habitat for the 66 species of fish, over 30 species of mammals, over 100 species of birds, and countless species of wildflowers.

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