“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)

Peter Wetherill Stroh

Peter Wetherill Stroh Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 10, 2010
1. Peter Wetherill Stroh Marker
Inscription.  Peter Wetherill Stroh (1927-2002) was a Detroit business leader, civic activist and philanthropist. A great grandson of the founder of The Stroh Brewery Company, he became Chairman and CEO of the family business while at the same time maintaining a strong passion for the rehabilitation of Detroit's waterfront. His efforts began in the 1970s with the company's purchase and redevelopment of the Parke Davis complex into Stroh River Place at the foot of Joseph Campau. Among many civic posts, Stroh served on the board of Detroit Renaissance for over 25 years.

While chairman of the Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative, he championed U.S.-Canadian cooperation to designate the Detroit River in the late 1990s as the only river system in North America with both Canadian and American Heritage River status. In recognition of these and other conservation achievements, Stroh received the Michigan Environmental Council's highest environmental award, the 2001 Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award. He also provided key leadership with Congressman John D. Dingell to create the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge,
Peter Wetherill Stroh Marker & William G. Milliken monument image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 10, 2010
2. Peter Wetherill Stroh Marker & William G. Milliken monument
the first of its kind in North America.

An environmental visionary, Stroh was a founding trustee of Conservation International and served many boards, including the Nature Conservancy, the National Audubon Society, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. An avid outdoorsman whose fishing adventures took him worldwide, Stroh was as content with a pair of binoculars observing waterfowl as he was in the corporate offices of the company which bore his name. Stroh believed that the river's shoreline should be accessible to the public and friendly to wildlife, and the Detroit RiverWalk is a culmination of that vision.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEnvironmentIndustry & Commerce.
Location. 42° 19.822′ N, 83° 1.837′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from Atwater Street south of Rivard Street. This marker is in the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor near the southwest corner of the park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 Atwater Street, Detroit MI 48207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glimpses of Detroit's Riverfront History (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Black Presence in Detroit (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chapman Abraham / Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); Frederick Douglass - John Brown meeting (approx. half a mile away); George DeBaptiste Homesite (approx. half a mile away); Mariners' Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); U.S. Topographical Engineers (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Mary's Rectory (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 858 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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