Tidbits of Interest
The word Allegan means “ Lake of the Algonquins”. When Elisha Ely arrived on the scene in 1833, he sent word to his hometown of Rochester, New York. He said, “send settlers”. Ely realized, that with the river providing water power, and the Indian trails making the spot accessible, and the open corridor to Lake Michigan, this was an ideal location for a town. In the 1980s, the citizens of Allegan began a movement to preserve historic sites in their city. This was sparked by the restoration of the Second Street Bridge—a one-lane bridge built in 1886. Anyone visiting the area will want to make this one of their destinations.