Pontiac, Michigan. And Local Environs.


Here you’ll find information about the local history of Pontiac, Michigan and some of the towns and places around it. I live here, and have spent a fair bit of time reading about and researching local history here. Much of the local history I’ve researched so far has been about flour milling, because it was a key local industry around here in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

This is not an authoritative site, since its dedicated to what I’ve learned about local history, so it’s probably going to be a bit spotty.

As a beginning, I think Dawson’s Mill, and the history of Dawson’s Mill Pond, is a good starting point.

Pontiac, 1867

The buildings in the header image come from this panoramic map from 1867:


1867 panoramic map of Pontiac, Michigan

The drawing was made by Albert Ruger. More information about the artist.

Image source: Library of Congress