Houghton, MI

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• The correct spelling of the street name should be Shelden. According to The Daily Mining Gazette: Ransom Shelden platted the village of Houghton, and was, as author Larry Lankton notes in "Beyond the Boundaries: Life and Landscape in the Lake Superior Copper Mines 1840-1875," an important pioneer who formed a merchant class on the mining frontier and brought some of the earliest stores to Houghton. Other sources list Shelden as the first postmaster, one of the village of Houghton's first trustees, and the owner of sawmills and an extensive estate in the area." From "Historically Speaking" by Jane Nordberg, The Daily Mining Gazette, November 15, 2008. http://www.mininggazette.com/page/content.detail/id/502640.html"
11/17/2008 11:53:06 AM by Erik Nordberg, MTU Archivist