“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)


Germantown Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., May 3, 2011
1. Germantown Marker
Inscription. Fleeing political unrest in their homeland, Germans began arriving in Detroit during the 1830s. Lured by state of Michigan recruiting pamphlets, German musicians, teachers and professionals joined increasing numbers of immigrants in Detroit. By 1880, twenty percent of the city's population was German-born. Most of these immigrants settled in this area, known as Germantown, between the Jefferson and Gratiot Avenue corridors. Many opened shops and businesses ranging from breweries to tailoring shops to tanneries. Harmonie Park, its name associated with the nearby Harmonie Club, was an important center of Germantown. Greek immigrants moved into a part of Germantown that later became known as Greektown.
Erected 2001 by German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Michigan Chapter. (Marker Number 473.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 20.166′ N, 83° 2.778′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of East Grand River Avenue and Centre Street, on the left when traveling south on East Grand River Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 267 East Grand River Avenue, Detroit MI 48226, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Harmonie Club (here, next to this marker); Music Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry the Hatter (about 500 feet away); Statue of Abraham Lincoln (about 700 feet away); St. Mary's School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edwin Denby Enlistment (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Baptist Church Underground Railroad Site (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 9, 2011, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 438 times since then and 18 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 9, 2011, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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