How did Brownstown get its unique shape?
Brownstown Township is arguably one of the most uniquely shaped cities in the state of Michigan. It is divided into three distinct sections, which appear fragmented when viewed on the map. The township has not always looked this way. In fact, it has evolved significantly over the years.
The land was once part of the French province of Quebec. In 1760, it fell in the hands of of the British as one of the first consequences of England's victories in the French and Indian War. Finally in 1796, the territory belatedly came under American control as a result of the Jay Treaty.
Brownstown was designated a township by the Michigan Territorial Council on April 5, 1827, when Moses Roberts was elected its first supervisor. This made Brownstown one of Wayne County's nine original townships. At this time, Brownstown was 43-square-miles.
Registered land surveyor Henry T. Kempa compiled the "Evolution of Wayne County" which documents the changes in Wayne county in recent years. We will explore his work to understand the sequence of steps that occurred which gives Brownstown its modern day shape.