Motor City (Detroit)
Michigan & Detroit —DID YOU
From 1910 to 1920, Hamtramck Michigan grew from 3,589
to 45,615 residents, leading the nation in growth for
During the lumber boom era, the row of saloons that
lined Water Street in Bay City was known as 'Hell's Half
In 1936, Escanaba, Michigan harvested and processed
100,000 sq. ft. of birds eye maple to be used in the
English Luxury Liner, the Queen Mary.
When the territory of Michigan was created on Jan.
11, 1805, Detroit was chosen as its capital.
Bagley's Corner was the original name of Bloomfield
In 1942, the Davison Freeway in Detroit was completed
and became the world's first urban freeway.
The world's only marble lighthouse is located on
Belle Isle. (Livingston Lighthouse).
Hog's Hollow was the original name of Utica,
There are over 11,500 lakes in Michigan.
The home offices of Life Savers Candy, Beech-Nut Gum,
and Squirt soft drinks are in Holland, Michigan.
In 1870, Detroit became the nation's first telephone
customers to have phone numbers assigned to them.
Charles A. Lindbergh was born in Detroit on Feb. 4,
The Stars and Stripes first flew over Michigan soil
on July 11, 1796.
In Sept. 1908, William C. Durant organized several
independent automobile plants into what was to become
Michigan began charging an annual license fee of 50
cents in 1915 for Autos.
Michigan's first police woman began walking the beat
in Detroit in 1893.
The first soft drink, (Vernor's Ginger Ale) was
introduced by a Detroit Pharmacist, James A. Vernor, in
1866. Note: There were several 'elixirs' on the market
at that time, including what would later be called Coca
Cola. These contained alcohol, whereas Vernor's didn't.
Thus the name 'soft' drink.
The intersection of Woodward Avenue and Grand Avenue
in Detroit proudly displayed the world's first traffic
light in 1915, leaders of 19 countries and 26 States
came to check it out in the first six months.
In 1688, Father Jacques Marquette founded the first
permanent settlement in what would later become
The world's first shopping mall (Northland Mall),
opened in the Detroit suburb of Southfield in 1954.
Newspapers from overseas as well as this country wrote
that it would never catch on.
The world's first painted highway center lines were
featured in Trenton, Michigan in 1911. They were used in
other towns and that was how Center Line, Michigan got
Michigan ranks Number 1 nationally in the production
of dog sleds.
The nation's largest indoor/outdoor museum complex is
Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
Opened in 1904, the nation's oldest freshwater
aquarium (was) the Belle Isle Aquarium.
The onion is Michigan's largest fresh-market
YOU'RE AN OLD DETROITER (OR JUST OLD) IF........
.... You took a 'moonlight cruise' to Bob-Lo with
Captain Bob-Lo or went to Edgewater Amusement Park.
.... You shopped at Hughes and Hatcher, B Siegel,
Peck and Peck, Himelhochs, Robert Hall, Crowley's,
Shoppers Fair, EJ Korvettes or Federals and of course
.... You rode the elevator at J. L. Hudson's, which
was 'run' by an elevator operator. Fabulous Toy
Department on the 12th floor.
.... You remember a Winkleman's, Sanders and Federal
store in your neighborhood.
.... You remember the 'Big Snow', Buffalo Bob, Howdy
Doody, Clarabelle, Phineas T. Bluster, Princess
.... You remember Twin Pines Dairy delivered milk and
juice to the chute on the side of your house and Milky
the Clown performed magic with the magic words 'Twin
.... You remember the Good Humor man in a white
uniform, ringing the bells as he drove down your street.
.... You remember Olympia Stadium.
.... You remember when Vernors was made on Woodward
Ave., and a bearded troll was on the bottle.
.... Your Mom got groceries at Great Scott, Food
Fair, Wrigley's or Chatham, C. F. Smith was even
.... Your Mom saved Holden Red Stamps, S&H Green
stamps, or Gold Bell Gift stamps, and you licked them
into those little books.
.... Kresge's and Woolworth's were 'Dime Stores.'
.... You had an uncle in the furniture business
.... You know who Bill Kennedy is.
.... You saw the Detroit Lions play football in Tiger
.... You remember Black Bart and the Faygo song. Or
how about 'Which way did he go?
He went for Faygo, old
fashion root beer.'
.... You watched Rita Bell's! prize movies in the
.... You remember Jack LeGoff and Van Patrick and
..... You remember Milky the Clown, Soupy Sales,
Johnny Ginger, Poopdeck Paul,
Captain Jolly, Sagebrush
Shorty and maybe even Sergeant Satko Salute.
.... You visited the Wonder Bread Bakery and got to
take home a mini loaf of bread.
.... Your address had a two-digit 'zone' before there
were zip codes. Detroit 19, Michigan.
.... You remember 'Get on the right track at 9 mile
and Mack, to get the best deal in town.
it's the best deal in town.'
.... You remember a laundry chute and a milk chute
and a coal chute.
.... You remember going to Detroit Edison with your
Mom to exchange burned out light bulbs for new ones.
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