Detroit-Chicago Road

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Detroit-Chicago Road

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The Detroit-Chicago Road was a military road built over the old Great Sauk Indian Trail to connect Detroit with Fort Dearborn (Chicago).

In the 1830s Chicago experienced the most astounding population surge ever experienced by a major American city. By 1833, the first stagecoaches transported passengers from Detroit to Chicago. In 1838, approximately four thousand persons arrived. Within seven years the Chicago population doubled and it was at the head of a newly emerging road system fanning out into the rich prairie land just beyond.


This road, the Detroit-Chicago Road, was first traveled by settlers in 1820-1835. The road begins at Detroit, Michigan runs through Wayne, Monroe, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Branch, St Joseph, Cass, and Berrien Counties in Michigan. It continues through La Porte, Porter and Lake Counties in Indiana ending in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

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Detroit-Chicago Road Look at number 34.