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Old 08-25-2013, 11:55 PM
 
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Just curious.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:38 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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There was no 'Ann Arbor' exactly. The city was named for the spouses of the city's founders (Ann), and for the trees in the area (Arbor).
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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"Ann Arbor was founded in 1824 by land speculators John Allen and Elisha Rumsey. On May 25, 1824, the town plat was registered with Wayne County as "Annsarbour;" this represents the earliest known use of the town's name. There are various accounts concerning the origin of the settlement's name; one states that Allen and Rumsey decided to name it for their wives, both named Ann, and for the stands of burr oak in the 640 acres (260 ha) of land they purchased for $800 from the federal government at $1.25 per acre." --Wikipedia

That accords with what I remember from elementary school in 1974, when Ann Arbor was celebrating its sesquicentennial and we got a dose of local history in class.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:57 AM
 
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That's interesting. I had never heard of an arbor tree before. Learn something new everyday. Thanks for the info. I had always kinda wondered where the name Ann Arbosr came from and now I know. I have been to Detroit but I don't think I've ever been to Ann Arbor, just curious.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Central Mass
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There is no arbor tree. An arbor is a planted group of trees - kinda like an ornamental orchard. i.e. Arbor Day.

According to OED:
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a shady garden alcove with sides and a roof formed by trees or climbing plants trained over a wooden framework.
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