Vintage Views Along the West Michigan Pike: From Sand Trails to US-31

Authors M. Christine Byron and Thomas R. Wilson take readers back in time with their 2011 Michigan Notable Book, Vintage Views Along the West Michigan Pike—From Sand Trails to US-31 on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. The historic West Michigan Pike, originally M-11, was the first continuous, improved road between Michigan City and Mackinaw City. This route along the Lake Michigan coast opened West Michigan to automobile travel and tourism. The book is a pictorial history of this famous road and depicts the adventure and romance of motoring on Michigan’s most prominent early highway. Vintage postcards, photographs, maps, and ephemera illustrate this journey as you time-travel through the beautiful West Michigan landscape and quaint towns, and other stops along the road. Christine and Tom share a love of Michigan and a fascination with its history. They are especially interested in the history of Michigan’s tourism industry.

Their collection of antique postcards and tourist and travel ephemera was the inspiration for all of their books: Vintage Views Along the West Michigan Pike (2011), Vintage Views of the Mackinac Straits Region (2007), Vintage Views of the Charlevoix – Petoskey Region (2005) and Vintage Views of Leelanau County (2002). After the presentation, books will be available for purchase.

Registration is required and open to those with a Rochester Hills Public library card. To register go to the Events Calendar at or call 248-656-2900. The Rochester Hills Public Library is located in downtown Rochester two blocks east of Main Street off of University Drive on Olde Towne Road. For more information, please call 248-650-7124.

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