Chelsea Michigan turns 175 … but where is all the history?
June 10, 2009
Chelsea, Michigan holds its 175th Anniversary Celebration June 25-28 with 4 days of events including a parade, youth activities, contests, music and folks in period costumes – family oriented fun.
This is the space where I would normally tell you something about the history of the town, but even the Wikipedia entry for Chelsea, Michigan has almost nothing. The city of Chelsea has little to say. The did have a link to the Washtenaw County guide entry for Chelsea where I learned:
Chelsea was first settled in 1820 by Cyrus Beckwith, along with Elisha and James Congdon.
Elisha Congdon named the community after his hometown of Chelsea, Massachusetts.
The town was literally “put on the map” when the Michigan Central Railroad built a station here in 1850. UPDATE: Searched for the railroad and found a great Chelsea history page.
Today Chelsea is best known as the home of the DaimlerChrysler Proving Ground and of Chelsea Milling Company’s “Jiffy Mix” brand.
Any other facts or links about Chelsea? Share them in the comments!
Jeff says that left to right you’re seeing the Chelsea Train depot (for rent), Jiffy, the Chelsea Clocktower and the Glazier Stove Co. It’s part of his Chelsea & Dexter set (slideshow). Speaking of slideshows, here’s the Chelsea slideshow from the Absolute Michigan pool.
You can check out some photos of the Glazier Stove Company from the Library of Congress.