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When settlers set out for the northern Midwest it was more than loading the kids and a picnic basket in the family van. Episodes 1 and 6 established how people purchased land to settle, and how news travelled from the American Frontier and the East Coast. Now, YDL‘s own Jerome Drummond talks about how settlers solved their own transportation troubles. In Episode 1 we saw that some settlers actually walked to Ypsilanti from New York state in the 1820s and 1830s. In this episode we will learn about two avenues for the less hardy.

Podcast speaker:


Jerome Drummond

Jerome Drummond is a Circulation Clerk at the Ypsilanti District Library, working out of the Michigan Avenue location. He’s also a member of the Ypsilanti Historical Society and the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County. Jerome Drummond majored in history in college, earning his bachelors degree from the University of Michigan – Flint, has taught introductory genealogy classes at the library, and is writing a biography of Charles Rich Pattison.


Photograph of the south side of Cross Street showing five businesses, Hon's Flowers and Fancies, Depot Exchange Antiques, Artrain, Framing & Matting and Sidetrack Bar & Restaurant.
Anderson, Alexander, Engraver. Five Men on a Flatboat With Barrels and Sacks; One Man Operates the Keel from Above the Boathouse, the Others Are Resting on the Freight. [Place not identified: publisher not identified, between 1830 and 1860] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.
A distance photograph looking east at the Depot Town Festival during the summer of 1986.

Strong, Ezra Baldwin, and Millard Fillmore. The states of Ohio, Indiana & Illinois and Michigan Territory: from the latest authorities. New York: Ezra Strong, 1836. Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.