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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Detroit, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Wayne County, Michigan and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Wayne County, MI (567) Macomb County, MI (149) Monroe County, MI (204) Oakland County, MI (464) Washtenaw County, MI (326)  WayneCounty(567) Wayne County (567)  MacombCounty(149) Macomb County (149)  MonroeCounty(204) Monroe County (204)  OaklandCounty(464) Oakland County (464)  WashtenawCounty(326) Washtenaw County (326)
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1 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald
The S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald known as one of the largest ships on the Great Lakes, passed by this location transporting taconite iron ore to ports in Detroit, Toledo and beyond. November 10, 2015 marked 40 years since this 729-foot . . . Map (db m120848) HM
2 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald1958 - 1975
The flagship of the Oglesbay-Norton fleet sailed for 6,857 days on the Great Lakes carrying iron ore to feed the steel mills of Michigan and Ohio. She was built at the Great Lakes Engineering Works at River Rouge, Michigan- Nine miles west of here. . . . Map (db m120859) HM
3 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — S.S. Edmund FitzgeraldAnchor
One evening in 1974, the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald anchored at the Detroit River's Belle Isle Anchorage, 800 feet off Riopelle Street, east of the Renaissance Center. The next morning, as the crew worked to raise the starboard bow anchor, . . . Map (db m183917) HM
4 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — S.S. William Clay Ford / U.S.S. YanticPilot House / Anchor
S.S. William Clay Ford Pilot House The S.S. William Clay Ford provided years of reliable service transporting iron ore and coal from the upper Great Lakes to the River Rouge Steel Plant, a subsidiary of Ford Motor . . . Map (db m183921) HM
5 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — Detroit Spanish American War Monument
Front:Cuba Porto Rico Erected by the people of Wayne County in commemoration of the services of her volunteer sons in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States during the war with Spain 1898-1902 Reverse: China . . . Map (db m26655) HM
6 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — Detroit Yacht ClubEstablished 1868
In the year 2011 the Detroit Yacht Club was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Construction began on this facility in 1921 with Commodore Gar Wood laying the cornerstone. This clubhouse, our fifth, was completed and dedicated on May . . . Map (db m208106) HM
7 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — Flag Pole
This flagpole was donated to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum by the Detroit News in 1960. The arrangement of yardarm and gaff spar is referred to as a Navy or Yacht Club rig, with the American flag hoisted on the gaff, as it would have been . . . Map (db m183919) HM
8 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — Gen. O. M. Poe Post No. 433
1923. This tablet is dedicated to Gen. O. M. Poe Post No. 433, Grand Army of the Republic, by its auxiliary, Gen. Poe Woman's Relief Corps No. 8. "Not for selfish gain or applause, but for honor and the glory of the cause they did that which will . . . Map (db m26657) HM
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9 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — Grand Army of the Republic
There are now forty-eight reasons why we will always remember the Grand Army of the Republic. Erected by Department of Michigan, Woman's Relief Corps, auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. Dedicated November, 1948.Map (db m26656) WM
10 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — History of the Canals
The City of Detroit purchased Belle lile in 1879, with the intention of turning the former livestock range and private estate into a park. Frederick Low Olmstead, the landscape architect best known for designing New York's Central Park, was hired . . . Map (db m212272) HM
11 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — International Peace Memorial
South Face: With this everlasting witness we keep peace with our neighbors as they have kept peace with us through the years North Face: Dedicated to the glory of God and in the hope of everlasting peace between the peoples of the . . . Map (db m212336) HM
12 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — Japanese Cherry Trees
These 100 Japanese cherry trees planted around the Scott Lagoon have been donated to the people of Detroit as a token of our friendship and goodwill jontly by The Japan Business Society of Detroit, and The citizens of Toyota, Japan A . . . Map (db m183863) HM
13 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — Japanese Stone Lantern
As two "motor cities", Detroit and the Japanese city of Toyota became sister cities in 1960. To commemorate their 25-year anniversary, on September 21st, 1985, the City of Toyoto presented Detroit with a granite lantern, or "Tohro", located in . . . Map (db m212337) HM
14 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — Major General Alpheus Starkey Williams1810-1878
Hero of two wars. Judge. Editor. Postmaster. Diplomat. Member of Congress. An untiring servant of the people. An honor to the City of Detroit. The Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and citizens . . . Map (db m183859) HM WM
15 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — Perry's Victory
Perry's Victory in Lake Erie Sept. 10, 1813Map (db m183846) HM
16 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — S529 — Police Radio Dispatch
During the early twentieth century, Detroit police and their criminal foes both adopted the automobile as their preferred means of transportation. To regain an advantage, Detroit police pioneered a novel use for radio. In 1921, under Commissioner . . . Map (db m106391) HM
17 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — S658 — Ransom Eli Olds
In Lansing, on August 21, 1897, Ransom E. Olds (1864-1950) founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, the precursor to Oldsmobile. He produced four vehicles that year. In 1899, Olds relocated to Detroit, opening the Olds Motor Works on West Jefferson . . . Map (db m14362) HM
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18 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — The Dancer
Dedicated to the Ralph C. Wilson J Foundation, The Dancer stands in recognition of the generous support for much-needed repairs to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. The Albert Kahn designed conservatory is one of Belle Isle Park's . . . Map (db m212335) HM
19 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Belle Isle — War of 1812 Cannons
These cannons were used aboard ships in the pivotal Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. After this 1813 American victory, Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry sent the famous message to his commander, "We have met the enemy and they . . . Map (db m183853) HM
20 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Boston-Edison Historic District — L1323 — Henry Ford House
Henry and Clara Ford lived here from 1908 to 1915. The Fords were the first of a community of automobile magnates to reside in the Boston-Edison neighborhood. The Italian Renaissance Revival house, designed by Malcomson, Higginbotham and Clement of . . . Map (db m177724) HM
21 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Brewster Homes — S650 — Brewster Homes
Between 1910 and 1940 Detroit’s African American population increased dramatically. Faced with restrictions on where they could live, many African Americans were forced into substandard housing. In 1935 First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt broke ground for . . . Map (db m172651) HM
22 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Brewster Homes — L1617 — Greater Shiloh Baptist Church
Founded in 1881 by the Reverend John Wills, this is Detroit’s second-oldest African-American Baptist congregation. Carlos N. Stokes, an African-American draftsman, designed the church in 1920. Although his plans were modified two years later by the . . . Map (db m172652) HM
23 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Bricktown — L175 — Detroit Cornice and Slate Building
Designed by Harry J. Rill in 1897 for the Detroit Cornice and Slate Company, this building features a finely crafted facade of galvanized steel. The use of sheet metal in commercial buildings evolved from the cast iron structures built in New York . . . Map (db m172520) HM
24 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Brush Park — L0549 — Alpha House
Built about 1918, this Neoclassical-style structure houses Gamma Lambda Chapter, third graduate chapter of the first black national Greek letter fraternity in the United States: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Founded in 1906 at Cornell University, . . . Map (db m172650) HM
25 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Brush Park — L0443 — Detroit Urban League
The Detroit Urban League began in 1916 with Forrester B. Washington as executive director, and Henry G. Stevens as president. The organization’s initial purpose was the improvement of the social, moral, and material status of the large number of . . . Map (db m172648) HM
26 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Carbon Works — 19th U.S. Infantry
In memory of our deceased comrades of the 19th U.S. Infantry and other Regts. Erected by the 19th U.S. Inf. Veteran Assn.Map (db m14118) WM
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27 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Carbon Works — S635 — Ford Hunger March Reported permanently removed
On March 7, 1932, in the midst of the Depression, unemployed autoworkers. their families and union organizers braved bitter cold temperatures and gathered at this bridge, intent on marching to the Ford Rouge Plant and presenting a list of demands to . . . Map (db m147218) HM
28 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Carbon Works — Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines
In memory of our Soldiers, Sailors, and MarinesMap (db m26651) HM
29 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Carbon Works — The Ford Hunger MarchMarch 7, 1932
Approximately 3,000 unemployed workers and labor activists braved bitterly cold weather and mobilized in Oakwood on March 7, 1932, for the first Ford Hunger March. The men and women crossed the old Fort Street drawbridge chanting and . . . Map (db m146711) HM
30 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cass Corridor — S358 — David Whitney, Jr. Residence
This mansion was once described as "an American palace enjoying the distinction of being the most pretentious modern home in the state and one of the most elaborate houses in the west." David Whitney, Jr. (1830-1900), its owner, was one of the . . . Map (db m84641) HM
31 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cass Corridor — L1607 — James H. Vhay House
James H. Vhay House Built in 1882Map (db m192020) HM
32 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cass Corridor — S0323 — Orchestra Hall
This concert hall was built in 1919 as the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. It was constructed to satisfy the demand of its music director, the internationally esteemed Ossip Gabrilowitsch, that a suitable hall be built. Architect Charles . . . Map (db m172642) HM
33 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cass Corridor — L358 — Thompson Home
This Victorian structure was completed in 1884. It was named for wealthy Detroit businessman David Thompson. In his will Thompson instructed his wife Mary to use part of his estate to found a charitable institution. She commissioned George DeWitt . . . Map (db m84419) HM
34 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Central Southwest — L2358 — Mexican Detroit / Tejano Music
Mexican Detroit In the late 1910s and early 1920s Detroit became a hub for Mexican and Tejano migration. Many came to work on sugar beet farms before taking factory jobs. Those born in Texas that were of Mexican descent identified . . . Map (db m239857) HM
35 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Chadsey Condon — L2274 — Bailey Temple Church Of God In Christ
On July 4, 1926, Pastor John Seth Bailey (1896-1984) founded the McKinley Avenue Church of God in Christ. The church held services in a tent here, then moved to a nearby store in the winter. They built a brick church in 1928 and lengthened it by . . . Map (db m172687) HM
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36 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Chadsey Condon — L1626 — Zion Lutheran Church
Blocks of limestone that once formed the old Detroit post office were used to construct the Zion Lutheran Church in 1933. This Neo-Gothic-style church, designed by the firm of Maul & Lentz of Detroit, was dedicated on May 27, 1933. In 1882 West . . . Map (db m172689) HM
37 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Civic Center — The First Theater in Michigan Reported missing
This tablet marks the site of the first theatre in Michigan. In the top story of a government warehouse on this site, in the year 1819, was located Michigan’s first theatre. Amateur performances were given by officers stationed at Fort . . . Map (db m41849) HM
38 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Conant Gardens — L1694 — Conant Gardens
Conant Gardens reflects black settlement in Detroit's northeast side during the first of two large migrations of blacks to Detroit after World War I . The neighborhood was originally designed as a community for white collar employees of the Ford . . . Map (db m170435) HM
39 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Corktown — L1006 — Joseph H. Esterling House
Joseph H. Esterling House Erected in 1864Map (db m190552) HM
40 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cultural Center — L388 — Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
In 1839 a group of black Detroit citizens formed the Colored Methodist Society, which became the core of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The group held meetings in a hall which was donated by the Detroit Common Council. The Society . . . Map (db m32496) HM
41 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cultural Center — S325 — Charles Lang Freer House / Merrill-Palmer Institute
Charles Lang Freer House Detroit industrialist Charles Lang Freer prospered primarily as a railroad car manufacturer. This house, considered Michigan's finest example of the Shingle Style, was designed by Wilson Eyre Jr. of Philadelphia and . . . Map (db m84630) HM
42 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cultural Center — L1207 — Detroit Association of Women's Clubs
The Detroit Association of Colored Women's Clubs was organized on April 8, 1921, with eight clubs. This association reached its peak membership in 1945 with 73 clubs and 3,000 members. Affiliated with the Michigan and National Associations of . . . Map (db m84638) HM
43 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cultural Center — L2320 — International Institute Of Detroit / International Institute Of Metropolitan Detroit
International Institute Of Detroit The International Institute of Detroit was founded by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) in 1919. It was one of fifty-five institutes across the United States that developed after 1911, when Edith . . . Map (db m172692) HM
44 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cultural Center — L1565 — Lewis College of Business
This Colonial Revival structure was built in 1910 for James F. Murphy, Treasurer of the Murphy Chair Company and a future director of the Murphy-Potter Company. In 1941 it became the office of the Lewis College of Business. Violet T. Lewis had . . . Map (db m84637) HM
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45 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cultural Center — L485 — Omega Psi Phi
This Victorian structure built in the early 1890s houses the Detroit chapter of the first national Greek letter fraternity established at a Negro University. Omega Psi Phi was founded in 1911 at Howard University in Washington D.C. The Greek . . . Map (db m84636) HM
46 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cultural Center — S563 — Robert Pauli Scherer
Robert Pauli Scherer (1906-1960) was a native of Detroit and a graduate of Detroit's public schools. In 1930, at the age of twenty-four, he invented the rotary die encapsulation machine in a workshop located in the basement of this structure. The . . . Map (db m84640) HM
47 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Cultural Center — L332 — Scarab Club
Founded in 1907, the Scarab Club is one of Michigan's oldest arts organizations. Originally called the Hopkin Club after Detroit marine painter Robert Hopkin, it was renamed in 1913. The scarab, an Egyptian symbol of rebirth, represents the club's . . . Map (db m84639) HM
48 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Delray — S0182 — Fort Wayne
No hostile shots have ever been fired from this star-shaped fort built in the 1840s to guard against a British invasion from Canada which never came. This third bastion to protect the river approach to the city was named for General "Mad" Anthony . . . Map (db m14292) HM
49 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Dexter Linwood — L2307 — Temple No. 1 / Masjid Wali Muhammad
Temple No. 1 The Workman’s Circle, a Jewish Labor Fraternity, erected this building in 1940. Temple No. 1 of the Nation of Islam purchased it in the 1950s. By then, the Nation of Islam, led by the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, had established temples . . . Map (db m175037) HM
50 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Monument to Joe Louis, 1986Robert Graham — Bronze —
Los Angeles artist Robert Graham (born 1938) Is well-known for his sculptures based on the human form. This monumental bronze, a tribute to the great boxer Joe Louis, is a gift from Sports Illustrated to the people of the City of Detroit, the . . . Map (db m236316) HM
51 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S665 — The Detroit Free Press
Older than the state of Michigan, the Detroit Free Press began publishing as the Democratic Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer May 5, 1831. The Free Press supported the drive for statehood, helped establish the Associated . . . Map (db m91347) HM
52 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — American Eagle
Marshall Fredericks Jan. 23, 1908 - Apr. 4, 1998 Dedicated by the members of the Detroit Athletic Club to the brave Americans who, to assure the freedom and safety of our nation & community, have put their lives in harm's way as police, . . . Map (db m208272) WM
53 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Beatrice Buck's Paradise Valley ParkBeatrice M. Buck — 28 January 1930- 13 October 2007 —
Historian, activist, and playwright, Beatrice M. Buck made it her life's work to preserve the history and culture of the great Paradise Valley in Detroit, Michigan. In Detroit's Paradise Valley, individuals, families, businesses, the . . . Map (db m209229) HM
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54 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S62 — Birthplace of Ford Automobile
This marker commemorates the birthplace of the Ford Motor car. Here in 1892, Henry Ford began experimenting with the motorized vehicle in his workshop, a small one-story brick structure, once located on this site. His invention was quite simple . . . Map (db m174295) HM
55 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — L0535 — Central United Methodist Church
Lewis Cass, governor of the Territory of Michigan, approved a constitution for the First Methodist Episcopal Society May 17, 1822. This church, a direct successor, was designed by Gordon W. Lloyd. It was completed in 1867 by the combined efforts of . . . Map (db m42313) HM
56 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — L0808 — Chapoton House
Alexander Chapoton built this Queen Anne style townhouse in the early 1870s. Chapoton, a builder, was one of the contractors for the state capitol in Lansing. A descendant of one of Detroit’s oldest families, he was a state legislator and a member . . . Map (db m174292) HM
57 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S280 — Chicago Road
The Great Sauk Trail, the most important Indian trail in the Great Lakes region, was used later by French explorers, fur traders, missionaries, and soldiers. After the 1760's the trail became a major road for British and American travelers. In the . . . Map (db m42298) HM
58 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Comerica IncorporatedMichigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Comerica Incorporated Founded in 1849 For more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for . . . Map (db m91682) HM
59 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S0675 — David Dunbar Buick / Buick Motor Company
David Dunbar BuickDavid Dunbar Buick, for whom the Buick automobile is named, came to Detroit from Scotland with his parents in 1856 at age two. A plumbing inventor and businessman, Buick turned to building gasoline engines for boats on the . . . Map (db m180137) HM
60 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S0743 — David Whitney Building
Opened in 1915, this building was named for David Whitney, Jr. (1830-1900), a Detroit lumber, real estate and shipping magnate. During construction, the Detroit Free Press called it the “finest in the country.” Daniel H. Burnham and Company . . . Map (db m174309) HM
61 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S0451 — Detroit Plaindealer
The office of the Plaindealer, Detroit’s first successful black newspaper, was located on this site. Founded in 1883 by five young men, it served as an advocate of black interests in Michigan and throughout the Midwest. Especially concerned . . . Map (db m174296) HM
62 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Detroit Club
Detroit Club 712 Cass Avenue Has Been Placed On The National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department Of The Interior 1892Map (db m174308) HM
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63 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Detroit Free PressMichigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Detroit Free Press Founded in 1831 For more than 150 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for . . . Map (db m91356)
64 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Detroit River HeritageRiver History
For centuries, Native People used the Detroit River for travel, trade, and food. From 1701 to the mid-19th century, French, British, and American settlers used the River the same way. After 1870, companies that processed steel, chemicals, . . . Map (db m33419) HM
65 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Detroit's Underground Railway Station
This tablet marks the site of Detroit's "Underground Railway Station"

A large brick building known as "The Finney House Barn," was located here and used as a depot for helping slaves gain freedom into Canada from 1833 until the Civil . . . Map (db m91616) HM
66 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Edison Memorial Fountain
Erected by The People of the City of Detroit In commemoration of the achievements of Thomas Alva Edison In the realm of electricity Map (db m211354) HM
67 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Edwin Denby Enlistment
Edwin Denby Enlisted on this spot 26 April 1917 As Private, U.S.M.C.Map (db m42315) HM
68 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S0069 — Finney Barn
Seymour Finney conducted one of the principal passenger depots of the underground railroad in the Detroit area. Finney, a tailor by trade, later became a hotel-keeper, and it was in this capacity that he assisted fugitive slaves in the era prior to . . . Map (db m41190) HM
69 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — L516 — First Jewish Religious Services
Near this site, in 1850, a small group of German-Jewish immigrants gathered at the home of Isaac and Sarah Cozens and formed the Bet El Society. Here Marcus Cohen, a layman, conducted the first Jewish religious service in Detroit. The following . . . Map (db m174196) HM
70 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — 727 — Ford Building
Among Detroit’s first skyscrapers, the nineteen-story Ford Building was built between 1907 and 1909. The Chicago architectural firm Daniel H. Burnham and Company designed it and two other Detroit buildings, the Majestic and the Dime. One of the . . . Map (db m90780) HM
71 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — L594 — Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company was incorporated as an automobile manufacturer on June 16, 1903. The articles of incorporation were drawn up and signed in the office of Alexander Y. Malcomson, who operated a coal yard once located on this site. Henry Ford gave . . . Map (db m33525) HM
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72 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — 71 — Fort LernoultRegistered Michigan Historic Site
This marks the site of the southwest bastion of Fort Lernoult. It was here, on July 11, 1796, that the American flag was first flown over Detroit. The fort was built by the British in 1778-79 to protect Detroit against the possibility of attack by . . . Map (db m21736) HM
73 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — 27 — Fort Pontchartrain
The first permanent French settlement in the Detroit region was built on this site in 1701. The location was recommended by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who wished to move the fur trade center south from Michilimackinac. Cadillac's plan was . . . Map (db m21853) HM
74 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — L101 — Fort Street Presbyterian Church
Second Presbyterian Church was organized in 1849 by the Reverend Robert K. Kellogg and twenty-six charter members. The present limestone building, dedicated in 1855, was designed by Octavius and Albert Jordan in Gothic Revival style. Renamed in 1859 . . . Map (db m91345) HM
75 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Fox Theater
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76 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S0224 — Frederick Douglass - John Brown Meeting
In the home of William Webb, 200 feet north of this spot, two famous Americans met several Detroit Negro residents on March 12, 1859, to discuss methods of abolishing American Negro slavery. John Brown (1800-1859), fiery antislavery leader, ardently . . . Map (db m168910) HM
77 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — General Casimir Pulaski1748-1779
This monument to General Casimir Pulaski, who on Oct. 11, 1779 gave his life at Savannah, Georgia, in the cause of America independence, is a gift to the city of Detroit from the Central Citizens Committee in behalf of 400,000 Americans of Polish . . . Map (db m21877) HM
78 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S0452 — George DeBaptiste Homesite
George DeBaptiste, a long-time Mason, and one of Detroit's most active and impassioned black community leaders, lived on this site during the 1850s and 60s. Born in Virginia about 1815, he moved to Madison, Indiana in 1838 and became involved in the . . . Map (db m14479) HM
79 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S0473 — Germantown / The Harmonie Club
Germantown 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 . . . Map (db m208159) HM
80 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Grand Army of the Republic Building
Memorial to the Soldiers and Sailors of 1861-1865Map (db m14144) HM
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81 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Hazen S. Pingree
The citizens of Michigan erect this monument to the cherished memory of Hazen S. Pingree A gallant soldier, an enterprising and successful citizen, four times elected mayor of Detroit, twice governor of Michigan. He was the . . . Map (db m237853) HM WM
82 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Henry the HatterMichigan Centennial Business
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan in recognition of Henry the Hatter. Founded in 1893, for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service to the people of Michigan and for contributing to the economic growth and . . . Map (db m42316) HM
83 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — History of the Penobscot Building
The glow of the Penobscot Beacon has been a symbol of light and in Detroit since 1908. Beginning in 1813 when the community of Detroit began to gain headway as a trading center, the corner of Fort and Griswold has been home to individuals and . . . Map (db m211423) HM
84 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — L1627 — Holy Family Church
In the early twentieth century immigrants from southern Italy and Sicily settled in Detroit’s northeast side. They first worshipped in a chapel at Saints Peter and Paul Church. In 1907 Father Giovanni Boschi arrived in Detroit and began a campaign . . . Map (db m172521) HM
85 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — 504 — James A. Bailey
Circus entrepreneur James A. McGinnis was born near this site on July 4, 1847. At fourteen he joined a circus and adopted the name "Bailey". Developing a striking talent for advertising and management, he bought the Cooper & Bailey Shows which . . . Map (db m90963) HM
86 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Kresge KornerWoodward Avenue Cultural Heritage Tour — Downtown Detroit, Michigan —
Sebastian S. Kresge established the S.S. Kresge Company on Woodward Avenue in 1899. Ten years later he moved his store to the corner of Woodward and State and named the spot "Kresge Korner.” At that time, this was considered the northern edge . . . Map (db m208627) HM
87 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — L1376 — L.B. King and Company Building
L.B. King and Company headquartered here from 1911 to 1932, and Annis Furs occupied the building from 1932 to 1983. Constructed in 1911 to the designs of James S. Rogers and Walter MacFarlane, it exemplifies the Chicago commercial style popular in . . . Map (db m173147) HM
88 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Maj. General Anthony Wayne U.S.A.
This tablet is a tribute to Maj. General Anthony Wayne U.S.A. to whom as general in command-the English surrendered this region July 11th 1796. The county of Wayne was created and named in his honor August 15, 1796. As then established the . . . Map (db m209230) HM
89 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — HB11 — Mariners' Church / U.S. Topographical Engineers
Mariners' Church In 1842, according to the will of Julia Ann Anderson, Mariners' Church was organized to serve the spiritual needs of Great Lakes seamen. Anderson had come to Detroit in 1818 with her husband, John, a brevet lieutenant colonel . . . Map (db m208188) HM
90 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S074 — Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School

Michigan's First Capitol At noon on September 22, 1823, citizens and dignitaries joined a Masonic procession to place the cornerstone for the capitol of the Michigan Territory on this site. The red brick building, designed by Obed Walt, . . . Map (db m91622) HM
91 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — L467 — Music Hall
Originally called the Wilson Theatre, this building was completed in 1928 with funds provided by Matilda Wilson (Mrs. Alfred G.), William E. Kapp of Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, an architectural firm whose works dominated the city's skyline of the . . . Map (db m91730) HM
92 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — On This Site Stood The Detroit College Of Law
On this site stood the Detroit College of Law from 1935 to 1997. Established in 1891, it was the first law school in the Detroit area. The college opened in 1892 with sixty-nine students and was incorporated in 1893. Among the first students . . . Map (db m209233) HM
93 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S0680 — Paradise Valley
As Detroit’s manufacturing base boomed during two world wars (1917-18 and 1941-45), large numbers of African Americans moved here to work in the factories. Detroit’s African American population increased from 5,000 in 1910 to 300,000 by 1950. . . . Map (db m174568) HM
94 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Parker's AlleyEstablished 2019
After the devastating fire of 1805, Detroiters, ever resilient, set out to rebuild the city. Vital to this pursuit was an emerging black community that within a generation would eradicate slavery and begin establishing its mark on the city's social, . . . Map (db m181903) HM
95 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Sainte Anne's Catholic Church
This is a replica of an original bronze tablet placed at this historic site by the Catholic Study Club of Detroit on July 26th, 1926. "This tablet marks the site of Sainte Anne's Catholic Church The erection of which was begun July 25, . . . Map (db m212020) HM
96 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S552C — Shrine Circus
Near this site, on February 26, 1906, some 3,000 spectators watched the nation's first Shrine Circus. Detroit's Moslem Shrine temple's one-ring show was the beginning of a major fund-raising venture for Shrine temples throughout the country. In 1907 . . . Map (db m23804) HM
97 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
Erected by the people of Michigan in honor of the martyrs who fell and the heroes who fought in defense of liberty and union.Map (db m26658) WM
98 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — Spirit of Detroit
The inscription on the symbol wall is from II Corinthians, 3:17 "Now the Lord is that spirit and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." The sculpture by Marshall Fredericks was designed to continue the thought conveyed by the . . . Map (db m42317) HM
99 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — S0325 — SS. Peter and Paul Church
This is the oldest extant church in Detroit. Designed by Francis Letourno in the basilica form, it was built between 1844 and 1848 and served for twenty-nine years as the cathedral of the Detroit diocese under Bishop Lefevere. In 1877 Bishop Borgess . . . Map (db m174307) HM
100 Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit, Downtown Detroit — L1421 — St. John's Episcopal Church
St. John’s Episcopal parish, established in December 1858, served what was then a rural area of Detroit. Albert Jordan designed the original church (now St. John’s Chapel), which was built in 1859. Henry Porter Baldwin, a former United States . . . Map (db m174569) HM

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May. 18, 2024