Thursday, October 2, 2014
Streets of Hatchet Creek - Day 18
The other night, I shared a bunch of the scenic pictures from Frenchtown. Now I should back track and tell those of you who don’t know, just what Frenchtown is.
Highway 86, which is the route to the Paper Mill, runs through Frenchtown on the south side of town. When I was a kid that Paper Mill was the number one industry in town and the fathers of most of my friends worked there, including my dad of course.
I am sure that Frenchtown was named for the many French who lived in that area when the town was young. It is a known fact in my hometown that the founder of Tomahawk, William Bradley, didn’t like the French and wouldn’t sell land to them. Many of them would go to him and use a false name, an Americanized name which wouldn’t give away their ancestral roots, so that he would sell to them.
Here are just the random pictures I took the last two weeks of September.
Those streets in yellow are what make up Frenchtown. I walked quite a few of them twice, just to get them all in. I think I would have covered better ground if I had carried a map, but I would be way too embarrassed to carry around a map of my own hometown.