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Shelby Township

Looking Back: Clinton River

Published July 2, 2014


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Four youths take a break from rowing their boat up the Clinton River to have their photograph taken one summer circa 1900. Today, you would more likely see people paddling kayaks or canoes up and down the river. People have been enjoying fishing, boating and swimming the Clinton River in Shelby Township since settlers first arrived here nearly two centuries ago. During the early years, the river provided transportation for manufactured goods, farm products and travelers. Its waters were used to power mills for sawing lumber and grinding grains. The Clinton River helped to build Shelby Township and continues to attract visitors to this day.

Sources: Photograph from the Shelby Township Historical Committee archives; information from Hilary Davis




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