It is the goal of these few pages to provide you with a glimpse of Royal Oak, Michigan's past - its history and heritage - in pictures and words. For viewers who have access to historic images of Royal Oak not shown here, I invite you make them available to the webmaster (see E-mail address below). My vision is an internet repository of all the historic images of Royal Oak so everyone can see and enjoy them.

Royal Oak, Michigan, United States of America, is one of the oldest centers in southeastern Oakland County. It was a hamlet - village - then city where people living well outside the borders of present-day Royal Oak have come for more than a century and a half to shop, play, worship, and bury their dead. In all respects, it has long been a viable, working community, not simply a suburb of convenience to Detroit.

Now please take a leisurely stroll through our past -

Major Sub-sections:

Brief History of Royal Oak and Area

Chronology of Royal Oak

Maps of Royal Oak

Royal Oak Cemetery - 175th Anniversary (2001)

George A. Dondero High School - 75th Anniversary (2002)

City of Royal Oak: 75th Anniversary Mosaic (1996)

Biographical Sketches

Historic Images of Royal Oak

Recent Historic Images of Royal Oak

Historical Tour of Royal Oak

The Triangle: A Panorama

The Royal Oak Directories

State Historic Markers

The Cemetery Board

Walking Tour of the Cemeteries

Walk the old Saginaw Indian Trail!

The Royal Oak Historical Society

Test Your Knowledge of Royal Oak's History

Build a Good One Yourself!

Other History Sites

Talk Back

Newspaper Articles:

Early History of Royal Oak Township

Main Street, 90 Years Ago

'Williams' School, 1906/07

Woodward Avenue

Banks of Royal Oak


The Red Run and its Fishes

Cemeteries' Records - Royal Oak .... St. Mary

For more detailed, paper-based information on the subject, you may consult other sources such as these:

Durant, Samuel (1877) History of Oakland County, MI..... L.H. Everts & Co.
Polk (----) City Directories, Royal Oak, etc. R.L. Polk & Co.
Perkins, O.A. (1971) Royal Oak, Michigan: The Early Years. A Royal Oak Golden Jubilee Publ.
Crossman, C.K. (1973) Royal Oak, Our Living Legend. School Distr. of City of Royal Oak.
Penney, D.G. & Lance, L.A. (1996) Royal Oak Twigs and Acorns: A Book of History. Little Acorn Press.
Penney, D.G. (2000) Reflections of Royal Oak History: An Historical Vision. Little Acorn Press (being prepared).

Thanks to Scott Dedenbach for his fine renderings of many historic structures.

E-mail address of author and webmaster ""

Other Links:

City of Royal Oak .... Ezra Parker Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution .... Oakland County's History & Heritage

Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society .... Royal Oak Woman's Club .... Oakland County Genealogical Society

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