The oldest house in Saginaw is the Cushway house. It stands across the street from the YMCA. It originally stood near the corner of Court and Hamilton when it was first built in 1844. Territorial Governor Lewis Cass appointed Benjamin official blacksmith to the Chippewa Indians at the Saginaw Indian Agency. Benjamin Cushway served in that capacity until 1866 and was highly popular with the Indians, due to his standing up for them, and for his ability to tell stories in their own languages. In 1844 the Cushways built their home on the site of what was once Fort Saginaw. I am sure this old house has seen a lot of good times and bad but it has managed to survive.
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