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Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Food and Drink

Haab's Carries on the Tradition

 
 
Food and Drink Haab's Carries on the Tradition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
1. Food and Drink Haab's Carries on the Tradition Marker
Inscription.
Along the road, a welcoming tradition.
The road was once called the Sauk Trail, the Military Chicago Road, Congress Road, and, eventually, Michigan Avenue. For travel by foot, horse, stagecoach, truck, or automobile, it has endured as a main east-west route in this part of our nation. Along this route, and especially near river crossings like this, merchant communities grew to serve the needs of travelers and local residents.

Food and drink have been served here since the 1870s,
as a saloon and restaurant, under many owners. Haab's Restaurant offers a welcome at their door, continuing the tradition that goes back 140 years.

You Auto Know
The tin ceiling and bar you see in Haab's Restaurant were originally installed in 1905.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 14.469′ N, 83° 36.766′ W. Marker is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of West Michigan Avenue (Business U.S. 12) and North Huron Street, on the right when traveling west on West Michigan Avenue
Left image image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
2. Left image
Charles A. Smith, owner of what was then called Smitty's Saloon & Riverside Club, 1905. Photo courtesy of Haab's Archives.
. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti MI 48197, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Michigan Avenue Industry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Power on the River (about 400 feet away); The Amazing Quarter Mile (about 400 feet away); First Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); 220 N. Huron (approx. ╝ mile away); Ypsilanti (approx. ╝ mile away); Ladies' Literary Club House (approx. ╝ mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ypsilanti.
 
Also see . . .  The Haab's Traditon. History of Haab's on their website. (Submitted on October 7, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
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By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
3. Left middle image
The existing bar, with fans and tin ceiling. Photo courtesy of Haab's Archives.
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By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
4. Middle right image
The exterior fašade of Haab's Restaurant, installed in 1963.
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By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
5. Right image
Food and Drink Haab's Carries on the Tradition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 6, 2017
6. Food and Drink Haab's Carries on the Tradition Marker
Marker is on the side of the building, to the right of the dark windows on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page was last revised on October 7, 2016.
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