Riverwalks Ann Arbor: Walking Loops Along the Huron River


Brenda E. Bentley has enhanced walker’s enjoyment of the Huron River through Ann Arbor by writing Riverwalks Ann Arbor: Walking Loops Along the Huron River. The walks are introduced by a geological, historical, cultural, and natural history of the river. The book has interesting reproductions of historical maps; old postcards and photographs; new crisp, clear maps with contour lines, major roads, park areas, and elevations; and current photographs. Each walk is a loop. Sometimes they can connect with other loops. The walks start at Barton Pond and move east along the river to Parker Mill. The descriptions of the walks are enhanced by historical asides, among others, on the Public Land Survey System, the ice trade on Argo Pond, and Superintendent of Parks Eli Gallup.

The Ann Arbor Chronicle did an article on the book yesterday and links to HD’s Teeter Talk with Brenda Bentley. The book is available for purchase at Downtown Home & Garden and at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room.

The author lists three books as Companion Texts for Riverwalks:

Along the Huron: the Natural Communities of the Huron River Corridor in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor, Michigan by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg. This book is featured in the library’s online Ann Arbor Architecture Archive

Ann Arbor Observed: Selections from Then and Now by Grace Shackman. These essays are being added to the library’s online Local History offerings. The library is hosting Grace Shackman and John Hilton Wednesday, June 24 at the Downtown Library (7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) for the unveiling of this new online product.