Territorial Road

Territorial Road photo of Territorial Road
One of the three great east-west routes in pioneers days, the Territorial Road from Detroit to St. Joe tapped the rich lands of the second "tier" of counties. Approved in 1829, the road was not surveyed through Van Buren County until 1835. Although at first it was only a "blaze and a name," the route was soon teeming with emigrants and travelers. The Dodge Tavern in Paw Paw a famed stopping, point was so crowded at times that some weary persons, old timers said, "offered a dollar for a post to lean on."

Registered Site S0163
Erected 1959

Location: Old US-12 near State Police Post
Paw Paw, Van Buren County


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