Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 144-145 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Wing Lake Road (Bloomfield Township, Mich.) -- History Subject
Trees -- Michigan Subject
Frontier and pioneer life -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township Item Number
part of 'Bloomfield Blossoms' by Kay Smith Type
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"OAK OPENINGS" AND A NATURAL BEAUTY ROAD
In several places in our history we read that the pioneers
were first attracted to our area because they had heard of
the "Oak Openings" of Bloomfield.
Trees were both a scourge and a boon to the early settlers.
If they had to be quickly felled to allow in enough sun
for the crops essential to life, they also provided the
only building material.
In our history, the apple tree's fruit became the basis of
our economy for almost a century. Loading apples for the
Eastern market and selling them in the rapidly conducted
auction there was the most exciting event of each fall.
This year residents of Wing Lake Road worked together
to have the county designate their road as a "natural
beauty road." They researched its history, catalouged every
type of flora and fauna and after several public hearings
succeeded in having the road so designated in January.
The road will be left as much as possible in its present
Among the trees catalogued on Wing Lake Road were a
184' high black locust and a 129' high scycamore as well
as huge oaks and many black walnut trees.
Other examples of trees in the Township are a 58' high
apple tree, 120 inches in girth on Gilbert Lake, and a 96'
red ash, 156" in girth just west of Franklin. A 104' black
cherry with a girth of 173" stands on Kensington Road and
on the same road a 92' high weeping willow has a girth of
209." Other Bloomfield trees are white ash, catalpa, sweet
cherry, dogwood, red mulberry and many species of
swamp, red and white oak.