reading, michigan

The city of Reading was originally set up in 1840 as Basswood Corners, according to the 1879 History of Hillsdale County by Everts & Abbott. There was deemed a need for a trading center, and since most area people knew of the unusual stand of Basswood trees at the corners of the four sections ( seven basswood trees, each with a diameter of about 20 inches, growing in one clump) the name was given.


When the Fort Wayne, Jackson & Saginaw railroad came thru town in 1869, the town experienced great growth and was renamed in 1875 to Reading, after the well known town in Pennsylvania.

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