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By David McMacken

Ralph Ely, founding father of Alma, chosen 10 acres of outdated woodland at the financial institution of the Pine River in 1853. during this central-Michigan desolate tract, he equipped a log cabin, a log shop, and steam-powered mills--a sawmill and a gristmill. in the beginning, his turning out to be cost was once known as Elyton, yet inside many years, it was once renamed Alma, memorializing a conflict within the Crimean conflict. Alma was once energized through the purchase of millionaire lumberman and entrepreneur Ammi W. Wright, who poured his assets into the city. Wright inspired the institution of Alma university in 1886 and the kingdom Masonic domestic for the aged in 1911. Wright laid the rules for Alma's nice Republic Truck corporation, the biggest unique maker of vans on the planet by way of 1920. the invention of a number of oil fields caused the institution of 2 oil refineries in Alma within the Nineteen Thirties and kept town from the doldrums of the good melancholy. via the Nineteen Fifties, Alma was once a key nationwide producer of condominium trailers and cellular houses. This photographic landscape displays the city's fiscal cycles and its associations that experience given Alma an enviable balance in the course of the years.

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