New PDF release: Alma (Images of America)

By David McMacken

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 desolate tract, he equipped a log cabin, a log shop, and steam-powered mills--a sawmill and a gristmill. firstly, his turning out to be payment used to be referred to as Elyton, yet inside of many years, it used to be renamed Alma, memorializing a conflict within the Crimean battle. Alma used to be energized by means of the purchase of millionaire lumberman and entrepreneur Ammi W. Wright, who poured his assets into town. Wright inspired the institution of Alma collage in 1886 and the kingdom Masonic domestic for the aged in 1911. Wright laid the principles for Alma's nice Republic Truck corporation, the most important unique maker of vans on the planet through 1920. the invention of numerous oil fields caused the institution of 2 oil refineries in Alma within the Nineteen Thirties and kept town from the doldrums of the good melancholy. through the Fifties, Alma was once a key nationwide producer of condominium trailers and cellular houses. This photographic landscape displays the city's monetary cycles and its associations that experience given Alma an enviable balance in the course of the years.

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