James W. Allen, Esq.

Date: 1830

Location: Corner of Main Street and Huron

The earliest book sold in Ann Arbor may have been the school books offered by James W. Allen along with a multitude of other dry goods from his cabin at the corner of Main and Huron, a site that included the founder, John Allen’s cabin.

Source: Western Emigrant, v.1, no. 28, June 2, 1830