Place:Brooklyn, Clinton, Michigan, United States


TypeHistorical inhabited place
Located inClinton, Michigan, United States
source: Family History Library Catalog

Brooklyn was an early settlement in Clinton County. It is unclear whether Booklyn is a ghost town, or a town which was renamed to avoid confusion with the better-known town of the same name in Jackson County.

The first legislative session of the State of Michigan authorized "a state road from Pontiac in the county of Oakland on the most direct and eligible route to the village of Brooklyn in the county of Clinton and thence to the seat of justice in said county."

Given that the county seat up until 1857 was DeWitt, that means Brooklyn must lie south and east of DeWitt. No traces of early roads angling in the direction meeting that description exist in that part of Clinton County, but Round Lake Road, though it angles the wrong way, shows definite signs of predating the survey grid, and it links up to several ancient-looking roads in Shiawassee County immediately to the east.

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