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The first land patent for Portland was secured by Elisha Newman in White Pigeon, Michigan Territory, June 1833. He purchased 280 acres, securing the water power at the mouth of the Looking Glass River. He returned in Spring of 1836 with his sons James and Alermon and families, and brought sufficient capital to dam the river, and build the first mill with the arrival of Peter Kent (millwright). Upon his return, he found Philo Bogue’s Trading Post downstream on the Grand, left bank (Bogue Flats Rec. Area). The American Indian trail along the left bank of the Grand River passed through Portland and continued into Danby Township, where it crossed the fording place to “Shimnecon”, continuing eastbound.