19 May 2014

Pigeon Trade of Michigan

We learn from the Grand Rapids Eagle that there have been shipped from that place alone — to say nothing of the large quantities shipped at other places in that region — 558 barrels, or 108,555 pounds, of wild pigeons during the past season. The Eagle estimates the total number of pigeons shipped from that region of Michigan as between one and two million.

The freight paid on pigeons at the Grand Rapids Express office during the season amounted to 3,488.98; and the pigeons sold for about $25,250. Quite a respectable income for one town, from wild game, in a single sporting season.

August 10, 1860. The pigeon trade of Michigan. Burlington Free Press 7(6): 2.