Saginaw Trail / John Almon Starr House

Registered Site S0164

Saginaw Trail

The Saginaw Trail running from Detroit to Saginaw through Pontiac and Flint was originally an Indian trail. In 1816 Michigan Territorial government authorized the building of a road from Detroit to Saginaw along the trail. Part of the trail in Oakland County is now Woodward Avenue and Dixie Highway. Evidence of the original Saginaw Trail path through Royal Oak is still visible as a Depression in the ground running nortwesterly across the property adjacent ot the John Almon Starr House.
photo of Saginaw Trail

John Almon Starr House

John Almon Starr (1828-1895) and his wife Nancy Quick (1831-1895), built this house from bricks fired in Almon's tile factory. Almon and his parents emigrated to Michigan from Richmond, New York in 1831, the same year Nancy was born in Royal Oak Township. Almon and his father, Orson Starr, manufactured animal bells until 1866, when Almon started his brick yard and tile works at this location later known as Starr Corners. The house was occupied by the Starr family until 1967.
photo of John Almon Starr House

Erected 1977

Location: 3123 Crooks Road
Royal Oak, Oakland County

Early Settlers
Native Americans

Latitude: 42.516876, Longitude: -83.164974

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