By David McMacken

ISBN-10: 0738561258

ISBN-13: 9780738561257

ISBN-10: 153163964X

ISBN-13: 9781531639648

Ralph Ely, founding father of Alma, chosen 10 acres of previous wooded area at the financial institution of the Pine River in 1853. during this central-Michigan wasteland, he equipped a log cabin, a log shop, and steam-powered mills--a sawmill and a gristmill. initially, his growing to be cost used to be known as Elyton, yet inside many years, it was once renamed Alma, memorializing a conflict within the Crimean warfare. Alma was once energized by way of the purchase of millionaire lumberman and entrepreneur Ammi W. Wright, who poured his assets into town. Wright inspired the institution of Alma university in 1886 and the nation Masonic domestic for the aged in 1911. Wright laid the rules for Alma's nice Republic Truck corporation, the most important unique maker of vans on the earth by means of 1920. the invention of numerous oil fields triggered the institution of 2 oil refineries in Alma within the Nineteen Thirties and kept the city from the doldrums of the nice melancholy. by way of the Nineteen Fifties, Alma was once a key nationwide producer of apartment trailers and cellular houses. This photographic landscape displays the city's fiscal cycles and its associations that experience given Alma an enviable balance during the years.

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