On Monday, June 1, Arcadia Publishing will add Images of America: Clarkston to its growing list of titles featuring local and regional history.
The noteworthy architecture throughout Clarkston remains a tribute to a time when early residents settled. Among these settlers were brothers Jeremiah and Nelson Clark. In 1838, the enterprising Clarks bought Butler Holcomb’s sawmill, quickly building a larger dam and adding a gristmill. In 1842, the Clarks platted the village that would bear their name.
The next decade brought trains to the new Clarkston depot, enabling easier commerce and a stronger stream of vacationers visiting the inns and cottages that dotted the banks of Deer Lake, Parke Lake, and the Mill Pond.
In the 20th century, the same waterpower enticed Henry Ford to construct a hydroelectric factory on the Clarkston Mills property and renovate the former Clarkston School building on Main Street into a small manufacturing plant. The Ford Motor Company also transformed a farm on the outskirts of town into a renowned tractor-training facility.
Today, Clarkston’s national historic district remains a testament to its mill-town heritage.
Highlights of Clarkston include:
- The Morley house and Juliette Morley relaxing on the front porch.
- A map detailing the scope of land that the Ford Company occupied.
- Parades, processions and marches to celebrate Clarkston.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.
The author will be participating in the following book signings:
- Clarkston Community Historical Society, June 4 at 7 p.m.
- Art Walk and Book Festival with Fenton Open Books, July 11, all day
- Clarkston Independent District Library, August 18 at 7 p.m.
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