The Huron River: Introduction

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"The Huron River is a Well-Behaved, Pretty and Useful Little Stream" is how author William Hoad began his descriptive essay entitled "A Little River of Michigan." In his article from 1950, this retired University of Michigan professor of civil engineering identifies the river as a "youthful stream" with "juvenile characteristics" featured along its unpremeditated course among the hummocks, sometimes almost losing itself in some little lake or swamp, or perhaps emerging at two or three different points as if uncertain which way to go." Adolescent in Hoad's description, the river has for centuries attracted the reposers, athletes, lovers, friends, environmentalists, and entrepreneurial engineers as it wanders first southwest and then southeast, ultimately reaching Lake Erie.

This site was created by Jennifer Lewis for the Bentley Historical Library, and includes commentary written by Nancy Bartlett.