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Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The First Mile of Concrete Highway

 
 
The First Mile of Concrete Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 22, 2021
1. The First Mile of Concrete Highway Marker
Inscription.  In 1909 Wayne County built the first mile of concrete highway in the world here on Woodward between Six and Seven Mile Roads. From far and near road builders came to see how concrete stood up under the heavy traffic of that period. The success of this experiment speeded the development of modern automobile highways. It cost $13,537, including $1,000 in state aid. The road was replaced in 1922 by a broad thoroughfare.
 
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S0123.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
 
Location. 42° 25.256′ N, 83° 6.483′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and West Longwood Place, on the right when traveling south on Woodward Avenue. Located in Palmer Park along Woodward Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 910 Merrill Plaisance St, Highland Park MI 48203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of the Model T (approx. 0.9 miles away); Highland Park Plant (approx. one
Marker located in Palmer Park. image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 22, 2021
2. Marker located in Palmer Park.
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mile away); Bishop's Residence (approx. 1.4 miles away); Michigan's First Tri-level Intersection (approx. 2 miles away); Conant Gardens (approx. 2.1 miles away); Temple No. 1 / Masjid Wali Muhammad (approx. 2.7 miles away); 100 Year Anniversary (approx. 3 miles away); Ferndale School (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Also see . . .  April 20, 1909: The World's First Mile of Concrete Highway. Excerpt:
The year was 1909, and it was a big year in Detroit. Ty Cobb led the Detroit Tigers to a League Pennant at Bennett Park, Henry Ford introduced the Model T and J.L. Hudson was scouting out a location at Woodward and Farmer for his department store’s new location.
(Submitted on May 23, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.) 
 
Woodward Avenue image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 22, 2021
3. Woodward Avenue
View of modern Woodward Avenue looking south toward downtown Detroit.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 23, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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