West Bay City, Michigan

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West Bay City
former city
Coordinates: 43°35′52″N 083°53′53″W / 43.59778°N 83.89806°W / 43.59778; -83.89806Coordinates: 43°35′52″N 083°53′53″W / 43.59778°N 83.89806°W / 43.59778; -83.89806
Country  United States
State  Michigan
County Bay
City Bay City, Michigan
Formed-merged 1877-1905

West Bay City was a city and a current neighborhood in Bay County the U.S. state of Michigan. The City was formed from the communities of Banks, Salzburg, and Wenona. The city existed from 1877 to 1905 when it was merged with Bay City, Michigan.

History[edit]

Bangor/Banks[edit]

Joseph Trombley in 1834 purchased Bangor Township's section 16 from the government which was the being of the Bangor settlement. In 1852 the first mill was built.[1] Bangor was platted in 1857 by Joseph Trombley.[2] The community of Bangor was served by the Banks Post Office which opened on May 18, 1864. The Banks Post Office was closed on May 1, 1866.[3] Population reached 1,000 by 1868.[4] On Nov 17, 1870, the Banks Post Office was reopened.[3] In 1871, Bangor became an incorporated village, but there was an existing incorporated Bangor, as the Village of Banks.[4]

Salzburg[edit]

Salzburg was platted in 1867 by F.H. Fitzhugh.[2] Salzburg, also Salzburgh, Post Office was opened on March 19, 1869.[5]

Wenona[edit]

Lake City was platted in 1863 by Henry W. Sage, of Sage McGraw & Company around a mill. The community was latter rename Wenona.[6] The Michigan Central rail line was built north from community in 1971.[7] By 1873, Wenona was served by a post office with the same name.[8]

West Bay City[edit]

The City of West Bay City, also known as West Bank City, was formed in 1877 by the state legislature consolidating the communities of Banks, Salzburg, and Wenona.[9] The Banks Post Office was finally closed on February 28, 1891.[3] The Salzburg Post Office on November 30, 1894 was closed.[5] In 1905, West Bay City merged into Bay City, Michigan.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of the Village of Bangor as it Appeared in the First Directory. Looking Backward. September 11, 1903. Bay City Tribune. Archive at Bay-Journal.com
  2. ^ a b Kusmierz, Marvin. Michigan Map History Relevant to Bay County, MI. October 2005. Bay-Journal.com.
  3. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Banks Post Office (historical)
    Citation: Ellis, David M. Michigan Postal History, The Post Offices 1805-1986. 12-Dec-1993.
  4. ^ a b Bangor Township Main Page. Communties. Bay-Journal.com.
  5. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Salzburg Post Office (historical), Michigan
    Citation: Ellis, David M. Michigan Postal History, The Post Offices 1805-1986. 12-Dec-1993.
  6. ^ Bay County: Names of Places. Places. September 2008. [http://bay-journal.com Bay Journal.com.
  7. ^ Station: Bay City Menu. Michigan's Internet Railroad History Museum. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  8. ^ H.F. Walling (1973) (jpg). Michigan County Atlas (Map). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bay_County.jpg.
  9. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Bay City, Michigan
    Citation: Romig, Walter, L.H.D. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1986. 673 pages.