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Indian Relics Easily Found When Excavating on West Side.
  • Transcribed (September 2005)
  • The Bay City Times -- Friday, February 5, 1909.


    One of the Richest is Along the River Front
    South of the Sage Property.

    “There is nothing very peculiar about the finding of any number of skulls about the old Crump property and that section of the west side,” said an old resident this morning. “From the site occupied by the Michigan Central freight house to a point beyond the Goldie hoop mill there once stretched an Indian burying ground. The land in this region was somewhat higher than the general run and was very sandy. These two features made it an ideal place for the Indians to bury their dead. I can remember when the practice was carried on by civilized Indians living in this part of the country even in my boyhood days.

    “The attractiveness of this section was increased to some extent by the fact that a flowing spring has existed on the Goldie property for a period covered by the memory of the oldest inhabitant. The water is always clear and cold and even today is used by employees of the hoop factory.

    “Men who have had charge of excavations made in this vicinity say that it has been not unusual thing to find any number of Indian arrows, flints, skulls and bones when digging down but a short distance. It is claimed that with a half hour’s work a person can uncover traces of the former inhabitants of this section of the country. In digging trenches for sewers and other excavations it is considered surprising in this vicinity if something of a souvenir nature is not found.

    “The present site occupied by the Country club on the west side, is also said to be rich in Indian relics, more especially with arrow heads. When the land was used for farm purposes, the spring plowing always resulted in bringing to light many of these former weapons.”

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