Legends of Le Detroit

    by  • February 4, 2010 • Best of THE NIGHT TRAIN, Books, History • 3 Comments

    If you like flowery Victorian prose, phantasms, grieving widows, pining French girls, French in general, haunted inanimate objects, werewolves,  lyrical two-page long set-ups about a grandfather telling his kid a scary story, or — especially — Indian curses, you are going to love the shit out of this book. I loved this indulgent account of Rene...

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    173 years of Michigan statehood

    by  • January 26, 2010 • Best of THE NIGHT TRAIN, History • 2 Comments

    (From an 1835 atlas) On January 26, 1837, nearly 150 years after the earliest known use of the name “Michigan” on a map, Michigan was officially admitted to the Union. For a long time I had this confused, baseless idea that territories just sort of naturally, peacefully shook out into states, in rapid succession,...

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