City of The Week Factoids - Rochester City of the Week

Congratulations to Oxford: City of the Week with WCSX! Oxford Township was not created officially till Michigan became a state in 1837. Originally Oxford Township was part of Oakland County along with Addison Township and Orion Township.

As many settlers came to Oxford, it eventually became a village in 1876. Two other communities formed near the edges of the township, Thomas and Oakwood. A railroad station, store, hotel, grain elevator, and gristmill were built in the late 1870s.

As of 2010, Oxford has over 3400 people.


Let’s check out some Oxford Factoids:


  • BagaTown

    At one point in the 1880s, Oxford was known as Bagatown because of the amount of rutabagas shipped out by train!

  • Swamps

    In the early 19th century most of the area of Oxford was considered impenetrable swamp land and even nicknamed “The Barren Plains of Oxford”. Elbridge G. Deming purchased the land in 1823.

  • We got WOLVES! and we got MAIL!

    The first person to settle in Oxford was Avery Brown who was a wolf trapper. He showed that there was promise to the land and soon a post office was also built on the land. Elbridge G. Deming would be made the Postmaster of Oxford.

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