Today in Michigan History

August 24, 1834

Cholera epidemic hit Detroit.

Dozens died throughout August and September, including one terrible day when sixteen perished from the dreaded disease. It had been the city’s custom to toll a bell on the occasion of a death but the tolling became so frequent that it increased the panic and was discontinued. Cholera returned to Detroit in 1849 and 1854.

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