“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Salvation Army

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By R. C.
1. Salvation Army Marker
Inscription.  Founded by William Booth in London, England. The Salvation Army came to Michigan in 1883. When organizing the Detroit corps in 1887 Captain Fink wrote to her British superiors: "This is the Metropolis of Michigan … a beautiful city, but oh, the sin and iniquity that abounds here." The army initially concentrated its efforts near here, in Cadillac Square, a haven for persons of ill repute. Salvationists found their sidewalk ministry hindered by city officials, who in 1901 enacted an ordnance requiring permits for outdoor speaking, parades and peddling near Cadillac Square, which was near city hall. Undaunted, the army ministered to the needy, holding both indoor and outdoor meetings. It became one of the most active and effective missions in the city. In 1902 Detroit became the headquarters of the Indiana and Michigan division.
Erected 1984 by Bureau of Michigan History - Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S646.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkNotable Events
Salvation Army Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. Salvation Army Marker
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. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
Location. 42° 19.848′ N, 83° 2.565′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Randolph Street (State Highway 3) and Congress Street, in the median on Randolph Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 532 Randolph Street, Detroit MI 48226, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shrine Circus (here, next to this marker); University of Michigania (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mariners' Church (about 600 feet away); U.S. Topographical Engineers (about 600 feet away); George DeBaptiste Homesite (about 700 feet away); Spirit of Detroit (about 700 feet away); Stearns Telephone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2009, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 835 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2009, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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May. 10, 2021