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Name: Polk City Directories (Firm)

Historical Note: R. L. Polk & Co.  was founded by Ralph Lane Polk in 1870. In the beginning, the company flourished as an enumerated directory publishing firm. Its first gazetteer contained the names of 17,500 residents and 600 professionals and trades people along the Detroit and Milwaukee railway.  Throughout the early years, Polk gained a reputation for impartial data collection and reporting through its publication of city directories throughout the U.S.

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