Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
U. S. Arsenal - - - Armory
1833 - 1875
On this site stood the armory, the largest of the eleven buildings of the Detroit Arsenal. This structure served as a storehouse for ord nance [sic] equipment and quartermaster supplies, and as a social center for military and community events.
About 1877 this building became a civic center called "Liberty Hall." Activities such as dancing, roller skating, dramatic plays, lodge meetings, and other functions made this former military installation valuable.
Private individuals purchased the armory in 1892 and 1896. Sold again in 1902, the building became the Arna Mills, manufacturers of garments and robes. This three story, 120 foot long brick structure was destroyed by a spectacular fire lasting twenty-one days in 1910.
In the summer of 1984, the Dearborn Historical Museum excavated a portion of the foundation of the Armory and unearthed numerous historical artifacts.
Erected 1966 by Dearborn Historical Commission.
Location. 42° 18.429′ N, 83° 14.633′ W. Marker is in Dearborn Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 907 Monroe Street, Dearborn MI 48124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Military Reserve (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Arsenal-Sutler's Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Michigan Soldiers Trained at U.S. Arsenal During Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Commandant's Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Arsenal Officers' - Surgeons' Quarters and Barracks 1833 - 1875 (about 300 feet away); U.S. Arsenal 1833 - 1875 (about 400 feet away); Westward Welcome (about 800 feet away); Bryant Branch Library (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 10, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 10, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.