January 8, 2006

This date in Michigan History

January 8, 1831
Mail starts arriving in Detroit from the East on a daily basis.

The arrival of daily mail in Detroit marked the beginning of what became the “Michigan Decade.” According to one observer, “It appeared that everyone was coming to Michigan.” Through the 1830s immigrants, many traveling along New York’s Erie Canal, arrived in Detroit before heading inland. Michigan’s population in 1830 grew to more than 212,000 by 1840.
Courtesy Michigan History Magazine.

This date in Michigan History

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