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The first white settlement took place here in 1832 when Leon Tromble built his log-cabin on the Saginaw River near what is now Fourth Street. Ten years later the villages of Portsmouth and Lower Saginaw had sprouted up as, and in 1847, the first church building was erected in Kawkawlin as the Indian Mission Methodist church.

When the Saginaw Bay Company plotted the village of Lower Saginaw (now Bay City), they included lots for new church communities. These lots were mainly along today's Washington avenue and is where many of the oldest religious communities had their initial churches, and where most residential homes were built. As the community grew and new businesses sprung up in this area, residential homes and churches were built further out from the business center.


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