Michigan & Detroit --  DID YOU KNOW THIS?

From 1910 to 1920, Hamtramck Michigan grew from 3,589
to 45,615 residents, leading the nation  in
growth for that period.

During the lumber boom era, the row of saloons
that lined Water Street in Bay City was  known
as 'Hell's Half Mile'.

In  1936, Escanaba , Michigan harvested and
processed  100,000 sq. ft. of birds eye maple to be used
in the  English Luxury Liner, the Queen Mary.

When  the territory of Michigan was created  on
Jan. 11, 1805, Detroit was chosen as its capital.

Bagley's Corner was the original  name of Bloomfield Hills.

The world's  only marble lighthouse is
located on Belle Isle.  (Livingston Lighthouse)

Hog's Hollow was  the original name of Utica, Mich.

There are over  11,500 lakes in Michigan .

The home offices  of Life Savers Candy, Beech-Nut Gum,
and Squirt soft  drinks are in Holland , Michigan

In 1870,  Detroit became the nation's first
telephone customers  to have phone numbers
assigned to  them.

Charles A Lindbergh was born in  Detroit on  Feb. 4,1902.

The Stars and  Stripes first flew over Michigan
soil on July 11,  1796.

In Sept. 1908, William C Durant  organized
several independent  automobile plants into what was to
become General  Motors.

Michigan began charging an annual  license fee of
50 cents in 1915 for  Autos

Michigan 's first police woman began  walking
the beat in Detroit in  1893.

In 1942, the Davison Freeway in  Detroit was
completed and became the world's first  urban freeway.

The first soft drink,  (Vernor's Ginger Ale)
was introduced by a Detroit  Pharmacist, James A
Vernor, in  1866.        Note:  There were several
'elixirs' on the market at that  time, including what would
later be called Coca Cola.  These contained alcohol,
whereas Vernor's didn't.  Thus the name 'soft' drink

The intersection  of Woodward Avenue and Grand
Avenue in Detroit  proudly displayed the world's first
traffic light in  1915, leaders of 19 countries
and 26 States came to  check it out in the first six  months.

In 1688, Father Jacques Marquette  founded
the first permanent settlement in  what
would later become Michigan  .

The world's first shopping mall  (Northland Mall),
opened in the Detroit suburb of  Southfield in
1954. Newspapers from overseas as well  as
this country wrote that it would never catch  on......Duh?

The world's first painted  highway center
lines were featured in Trenton, MI in  1911. They were
used in other towns and was how  Center Line, MI
got its  name.

Michigan ranks Number 1 nationally in  the
production of dog sleds.

The  nation's largest indoor/outdoor  museum
complex is Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield  Village .

Opened in 1904, the nation's  oldest
freshwater aquarium (was) the Belle Isle  Aquarium.

The onion is Michigan 's  largest  fresh-market vegetable  crop.


.... You took a 'moonlight  cruise' to Bob-Lo with Captain Bob-Lo or
went  to  Edgewater  Amusement Park .

.... You shopped  at Hughes and Hatcher,
B Siegel, Peck and Peck,  Himelhochs, Robert Hall, Crowley's,
Shoppers Fair, EJ  Korvettes or Federals.

.... You rode the  elevator at J. L. Hudson's, which was 'run'
by an  elevator operator.

..... You remember a  Winkleman's and Sanders store in your  neighborhood..

.... You remember the 'Big  Snow', Buffalo Bob,
Howdy Doody, Clarabelle, Phineas  T. Bluster,  Princess

....  You remember Twin Pines Dairy delivered milk  and
juice to the chute on the side of your house  and
Milky the Clown performed magic with the  magic  words 'Twin Pines.'

You  remember the Good Humor man in a white
uniform,  ringing the bells as he drove  down your  street.

.... You remember Olympia  Stadium.

..... You remember when Vernors was made  on Woodward Ave.,
and a  bearded  troll was on the bottle.

.....  Your Mom got groceries at Great Scott, Food  Fair,
Wrigley's or Chatham.

....  Your Mom saved Holden Red Stamps, S&H Green stamps, or  Gold Bell
Gift stamps, and you  licked them into  those little books.

... Kresge's and  Woolworth's were 'Dime Stores.'

... You had  an uncle in the furniture business (Joshua  Door).

..... You know who Bill Kennedy  is..

....... You saw the Detroit Lions play  football in Tiger Stadium.

.... You  remember Black Bart and the Faygo song. Or how
about  'Which way did he go? He went for Faygo, old fashion root  beer.'

.. You watched Rita Bell's! prize  movies in the morning..

.... You remember Jack  LeGoff and Van Patrick & Wolf-Man  Jack.

..... You remember Milky the Clown,  Soupy Sales, Johnny Ginger,  Poopdeck
Paul,  Captain Jolly, Sagebrush Shorty and maybe even Sergeant Satko  Salute..

..... You visited the Wonder Bread  Bakery and got to
take home a mini loaf of  bread.

.... Your address had a two-digit 'zone'  before
there were zip codes. Detroit 19, Michigan  .

.... You remember 'Get on the right track at 9  mile and Mack, to get  the
best deal in town.  Roy  O'Brien. it's the best deal in  town.'

... You remember a laundry chute and  a milk chute and a coal chute.

... You remember  going to Detroit Edison with your Mom
to exchange  burned out light bulbs for new ones.


Hope you enjoyed this little trip  down Memory Lane!!!
Last modified: Tuesday, 26 June 2012, 5:39 PM