The city of Rochester includes a tiny subdivision north of Romeo Street and east of North Main that was called Avondale Park when it was platted in 1915. Laid out on a ten-acre parcel on the northern boundary of the Woodward Addition, Avondale Park further subdivided blocks 4,5,6 and 7 of the larger plat. It was created and offered for sale by Pontiac real estate developers J. B. Mahaffy and Israel E. Terry, whose names are reflected in the subdivision's streets. Most lots in Avondale Park could be had for under $200, as shown in this 1915 advertisement.
“All of us must be continually impressed with the awe-inspiring first sight of Rochester as we arrive at the top of the hill and start the downgrade ride into the village. So it is with the many visitors and travelers who have occasion to use this highway. After covering miles of city traffic, the traveler rides over flat country without realizing he is going up grade, until suddenly he views “The Heart of the Hills” and gets his heart-throb.”
--Earl Seed, June 2, 1949
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--Sidney E. Mead
"History is where the evidence leads us; heritage is what we choose to remember and celebrate."
--Edward T. Lilenthal
"A generation which ignores history has no past and no future." --Robert A. Heinlein
"History repeats itself because nobody was listening the first time."
"We do not choose between the past and the future; they are inseparable parts of the same river."