WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
One hundred and ninety-six years have passed by since Aaron Webster became the first permanent European settler along the banks of the Clinton River in what is now the City of Auburn Hills. He died of typhoid fever just two years later in the summer of 1823, but before his death he constructed a dam on the river that captured the power of the water’s flow to operate a saw mill. The timber from his saw mill was then was used to build a grist mill to grind grain. That’s how Auburn Hills began.