Novi in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Walled Lake Casino
Where Detroiters Came to Dance
The huge dance floor was the center of things
for the people who drove to Walled Lake Casino for forty years. The word "casino" originally meant a large building for civic or entertainment activities, and early automobiles allowed city dwellers to explore this distant pleasure, built in 1925. As the "Roaring Twenties" gave way to the Great Depression in the 1930s, Walled Lake Casino became even more popular with music by Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Guy Lombardo. Live radio broadcasts spread the casino's fame nationwide. Dancing continued here with performers like Chuck Berry, the Four Seasons and Stevie Wonder until the building burned down in 1965.
You Auto Know
The dance hall closed during World War II because gasoline rationing cut back on patrons driving to Walled Lake.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Novi Historical Commission.
Erected 2014 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment. MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. 42° 30.666′ N, 83° 28.664′ W. Marker is in Novi, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on South Lake Drive 0.2 miles north of West Thirteen Mile Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is on a path in Pavilion Shore Park on the south shore of Walled Lake, about 220 feet from South Lake Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43390 West Thirteen Mile Road, Novi MI 48377, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pavilion Shore Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Worth the Drive (within shouting distance of this marker); Built for Fun (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sharing the Bounty (approx. 1.3 miles away); Walled Lake (approx. 1.4 miles away); Stonecrest (approx. 1˝ miles away); Novi's Crucial Crossing (approx. 2 miles away); Grand River Bridge (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Novi.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 14, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.