Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Main Street Shopping Expands
In 1871 tavern keeper and developer Henry Binder replaced the old house on this corner with an elaborate three-story brick building (inset upper left). Plank sidewalks, hitching posts, dirt streets, and gas lamps were typical of the era. As downtown expanded southward, more Main Street houses were replaced by commercial blocks. Binder and his family lived on the second floor of his new building, above his "billiard, lager, beer, and refreshment saloon." The hall on the third floor had an orchestrion, a large music box that played several instruments.
Sponsored by Selo/Shevel Gallery
Photos courtesy of Susan Wineberg and the Bentley Historical Library
Erected by Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 42° 16.769′ N, 83° 44.908′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Liberty Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 South Main Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Main Street Shopping Experience (here, next to this marker); Downtown Movie Theaters (a few steps from this marker); Changing Retail Patterns (a few steps from this marker); Allen Creek Valley Shapes the Town (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Ann Arbor Railroad (about 400 feet away); Industry and Recreation on Allen Creek (about 400 feet away); Germans on Ashley Street (about 500 feet away); The Staeblers and the Germania/American Hotel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 2, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.