The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 20 Jan. 1837, page 2

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An estimate of the business of the road, and of the interest that it will pay on the capital invested, may be formed by the following facts, which have been recently ascertained by Mr. Brush, one of the directors residing at Detroit, the correctness of which is certified by Oliver Newberry, Esq. of that city.

Thirty steamboats of the first and second class, ply regularly between Detroit and Buffalo. Of the first class two arrive and depart daily, each averaging two hundred passengers, and of the second class one, averaging sixty passengers. One hundred and fifty vessels are employed between the same places, of which three arrive and depart daily, each averaging ten passengers. One hundred waggons, one hundred and fifty pair of horses, two hundred pair of oxen, and eight hundred persons on an average, crossed the Detroit Ferry each month during the opening of navigation the last season, having gone up through Canada. The receipts at the Detroit Ferry have doubled within a year. The receipts at the Western Stage Office in Detroit, from the 1st of March to the 1st of December, amounted to $90,000.

The whole number of arrivals and departures, by land and water, at Detroit, within the seven months of lake navigation, last season, it appears from the above statement, was about 200,000. The business of the lake, and consequently the amount of travel between the east and west, it is estimated, will double within five years. A railroad from this place to Detroit, upon which passengers may be conveyed from one point to the other in ten or twelve hours, will draw to itself at least one half the travel between this and the western states. Should it be in successful operation five years from this time, one hundred thousand persons may pass over it each way, within the first year after its completion, and the amount of the receipts from this source alone, with the fare at the low rate of five dollars each passenger, would be $1,000,000, or nearly sufficient to pay the first cost of the work.


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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 20 Jan. 1837, page 2