Feb. 25, 2015 - Your local history....
Third Street Bridge.
-- The Third Street Bridge built out of wood in 1864 and was Bay City's first bridge. It was replaced in 1876 with a iron bridge. then in 1889 a steel bridge was built. Read an 1890 issue of the Bay City Daily Tribune for its history.
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    Feb. 18, 2015 - Your local history....
    Bay City History Estb. 1838.
    -- Bay City began as the village of Lower Saginaw, located in Hampton Township, in Saginaw County. It wasn't until 1857 that Bay County was organized, and the village was renamed Bay City. Bay has a rich history associated with the lumber and industrial booms periods. It's growth in population was tremendous, and at one time was the third largest city in Michigan.
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    Feb. 11, 2015 - Your local history....
    Fraser House, MI (1864-1906).
    -- The Fraser House was built by James Fraser, one of the earliest pioneers. It was the first major hotel in Bay City and one of the largest in Michigan. The hotel was located on the south-east corner of Center and Washington, which today is occupied by the Delta College Planetarium.
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    Feb. 3, 2015 - Your local history....
    Mayors of Bay City, MI (1865-1966).
    -- This history page lists the mayors of Bay City, many have links to their biography. In 1865 Bay City was much smaller in geography, was along the east side of the Saginaw River which spanned between Woodside and 13th street (now Columbus Ave.). On the westside the were villages of Salzburg, Wenona and Banks, which merged in 1877 to become West Bay City.
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    Jan, 26, 2015 - Your local history....
    Westover Block (1869-1886).
    -- William Westover who came to Bay City in 1865 erected a three story building on the corne of Washington and Center avenues,where the Phoenix building now stands. The third level of the building level was dedication to the a theater which has seatin to 1,200, an considered the finst theater north of Detroit, It was destroyed by fire in 1886.
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    Jan, 19, 2015 - Your local history....
    Bay County Poor Farm. (1858-1962)
    -- The Bay City Poor Farm was located off Hampton Road, where the County Golf Course now exists. It was esblished one year after Bay County was organized. The poor farm grew its own vegetables, and had a small burial grounds. Caskets were made at the poor farm. In 1905 the poor farm building destroying the buildings. It was replaced by a stone and brick home.
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    Jan, 12, 2015 - Your local history....
    The Regent Theater (1918-1957)
    -- The Regent theater in Bay City was built inside the Davidson block on Center Avenue Fred Williams. It was quite a unique theater in that it had a large lobby with the theater seating area was on a right angle to it. The stage was built for film and live entertainment, and it included an organ. It was built as a cost of $700,000 and seated 486 on the main level and 494 in the balcony.
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    Jan, 5, 2015 - Your local history....
    Mendel J. Bialy (1852-1948)
    -- Mr. Bialy was born in London, England and immigrated to Detroit with his parents when 12 years old, then to Bay City two years later where he excelled as a business man with the West Bay City Sugar Co. He was involved in many local social issues, and served as president of the city councel. He was married to Elizabeth McDowell.
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    Dec. 24, 2014 - Your local history....
    Martin M. Andrews(1839-1925)
    -- Mr. Andrews was born near Flint, MI and was a veteran of the Civil War. He settled in Bay City in 1875 and worked as a bookkeeper at the Second National Bank, and later was promoted to assistant cashier. He served on the board of education for several years. He was married to Mary Plum, of Flint.
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    Dec. 4, 2014 - Your local history....
    Warren E. Avis (1915-2007)
    -- Mr. Avis was born in Bay City, where he was educated, graduating from Central High School in 1933. He worked for a number of years for the Michigan Department of Investigation. He then joined the US Army when WII began, serving from 1945-46 as an aviator. Afterwards he started a Ford Dealership in Southfield, Mich., which included the first airport car rental business, that lead to his Avis Car Rental business.
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