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Saginaw Trail

Pre-statehood trails of Michigan

Saginaw Trail is the collective name for a set of connected roads in Southeastern Michigan that runs from Detroit to Saginaw through Pontiac and Flint. It was originally a tribal foot trail. On December 7, 1818, the Michigan Territorial government authorized the building of a road from Detroit to Saginaw along the trail.[1] In the early 20th century, it was used as part of the Dixie Highway[2] and the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway,[3] early auto trails in the state. It was later designated as a part of US Highway 10 (US 10) when the United States Numbered Highway System was created in 1926.[4] Since the Michigan portion of Interstate 75 (I-75) was completed in 1973, it has been a county road or part of other state highways.[5]

To drive it today, drivers would follow:

  • M-1 (Woodward Avenue) from Detroit to Birmingham;
  • Old Woodward Avenue through Birmingham;
  • M-1 (Woodward Avenue) from Birmingham to Pontiac;

  • Bus. US 24 (Woodward Avenue) into downtown Pontiac;
  • US 24 (Dixie Highway) north of Pontiac to Clarkston;
  • Dixie Highway, a set of various county roads that were previously US 10 from Clarkston to near Grand Blanc;
  • Saginaw Road and Saginaw Street through Grand Blanc and Flint to north of Mount Morris;
  • M-54 (Dort Highway) from north of Mount Morris into Saginaw County;
  • Dixie Highway and Genesee Avenue into Saginaw.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Barnett, LeRoy (2004). A Drive Down Memory Lane: The Named State and Federal Highways of Michigan. Allegan Forest, MI: Priscilla Press. pp. 192–3.  .
  2. ^ Dixie Highway Association (1922).  
  3. ^ Skidmore, Max J. (2007). Moose Crossing: Portland to Portland on the Theodore Roosevelt International Highway. Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books. pp. 71–4.  
  4. ^  
  5. ^ Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation (1974). Official Transportation Map (Map). 1 in≈14.5 mi. Lansing: Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation. §§ J12–M13.  
  6. ^  
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