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History


Blissfield was founded in 1824 before Michigan was a state. Blissfield is located on the River Raisin, named after the French "Riviere des Raisin"-"River of Grapes." Founder Hervey Bliss was a native of Massachusetts who came west, first settling in northern Ohio, and then settling in present-day Monroe County, Michigan, before paddling a canoe up the River Raisin to found Blissfield. Hervey Bliss was Blissfield's first Justice of the Peace, Town Clerk, and Postmaster, and he was also a founder of one of the first anti-slavery societies in Michigan, the Blissfield Anti-Slavery Society.

Some interesting facts about Blissfield

Two German Prisoners of War camps were located in Blissfield during World War II.
Ripley's Believe It-Or-Not once featured the three adjacent, identical Blissfield Bridges that used to cross the River Raisin; at the time believed to be the only "triple bridges" in the world. These were a vehicular, railroad, and interurban bridge. Although two of the original bridges were replaced, we still have "The Triple Bridges."
The Three Bridges
Blissfield's Erie & Kalamazoo Railroad was the first railroad west of the Allegheny Mountains

Historic Railroad Marker
At one time, Blissfield was likely the largest shipping port for fat livestock on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad between Toledo and Chicago.

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