Continuing the series on Beavers …
The Beaver is Troy’s symbol, and beavers gave Troy’s main east-west artery, Big Beaver Road, its name.
To commemorate Troy’s 50th anniversary in 2005, sponsors displayed 35 four-foot painted epoxy-resin beavers throughout Troy. Some still remain in city buildings.
Troy Township’s first house and schoolhouse were built at Big Beaver Corners in 1825 and 1833 respectively. Big Beaver Corners was a settlement where Woodside Bible Church’s previous property was located (formerly Troy Baptist Church) near what is now the Rochester—Big Beaver intersection.
Big Beaver Creek, now called Sturgis Drain, flowed nearby with an unusually large beaver lodge and dam for which the community and road may have been named. In 1976 reports said the remains of the beaver dam had been visible “within recent times” near the west end of Trombley Rd.
(Pathways of History through Troy by Lois Lance, September 1976, a project of the Troy Bicentennial committee)
Big Beaver Creek (Sturgis Drain) runs along the south edge of Woodside’s previous site before crossing Rochester Road and then Big Beaver Road.
Others believe the source of the name was a giant beaver skeleton found in the 1830′s near what is now Wattles Road between Livernois and Rochester roads. The skeleton is carnivore specimen number UM 3110 in the University of Michigan’s Natural Science Museum.
(From Big Beaver to the Big Apple by William V. Haney, p. 6)
This giant beaver skeleton is the most plausible explanation for the “Big Beaver” names in my opinion.
Read the prequel in this series on Beavers:
1. Beavers – Intro
Read the sequel:
3. Busy Beavers
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Thursday August 5, 2010 A.D.
Read my July 2010 Bible-Science column
Baseball Pitcher Rejects Evolutionism.
But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind? (Job 12:7-10)