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Sylvan Lake 1818-1997

As part of the 50th Anniversary of Sylvan Lake in 1997, the Historical Committee published Sylvan Lake 1818-1997, a book proudly presenting the history of the area. General historical events as well as more personal memories were included, most of which are included here.

Sylvan Lake - A History Overview Sylvan Lake's history dates back to 1818 when an expedition led by Reverend John Montieth rode into the area between Detroit and Pontiac.

Daniel Whitfield School May 22, 1852, was the first day of school in Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan Lake Resort Detroiters were full of enthusiasm over the project of establishing a great summer resort between Pontiac and Orchard Lake.

Fresh Air Camp The Sylvan Lake Community Center is the site of the former Detroit Free Press Fresh Air Camp.

The Interurban Operating between Pontiac and Sylvan Lake, the first interurban railroad service in Oakland County began service in 1895.

The Oakland County Boat Club The Oakland County Boat Club has been part of Sylvan Lake history since prior to 1917 when it was officially started.

Sylvan Lake City Hall This small, charming cottage style building was built in 1929 by architect Charles Fisher.

Sylvan Lake Memories The members of the Historical Committee for the 50th Anniversary of Sylvan Lake have researched and compiled the information in the history section. Every attempt to be accurate and factual has been made, but the correctness of the information is not guaranteed.