MotorCities National Heritage Area
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From Trail to Pavement: Building the Roads in Pontiac

Pontiac began as one of Michigan's first inland settlements, and the first road cut through the wilderness to connect Detroit with Pontiac and was completed in 1822. The main route became the Detroit and Pontiac turnpike in 1837, later called Woodward Avenue, and in 1909 boasted the world's first mile of paved concrete.