SPRING IN DETROIT: BELLE ISLE SOAKS UP SOME SUN
After a week of random snow flurries, has spring finally arrived in Detroit?
We roamed Belle Isle on Friday and noticed daffodils in full bloom – and tulips trying hard to see the sun. Visitors brought their lunches to park benches; runners jogged along the river; walkers took in the sun.
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In the research for today’s feature story, we found a fair amount of material relating to the period between 1915, when the original Belle Isle Bridge burned, and 1923, when the current bridge was opened. The period involved the scrapping of the old bridge, the construction of a temporary bridge, knock-down drag-out brawls between competing engineers and ferry interests, and several fanciful plans for a new crossing.
The weirdest plan of all was the one put forward by Ford Motor Company engineer Edward Gray. It proposed building a man-made island in the middle of the river to join two spans that would connect the island park to the mainland. It was considered by the council in November, 1920.
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Originally published by Curbed Detroit
These postcards depict nighttime in the bustling Detroit of yesteryear when streetcars, passenger ships, and the Guardian Building’s giant searchlight illuminated the city in ways we’re unlikely to ever see again.
- Guardian Building
- Michigan Central Station
- Moonlight Band Concert on Belle Isle (1909)
- Woodward Avenue
- The Cascade at Night at Palmer Park (The printing also says it’s Belle Isle.)
- Old City Hall (before the Dime Bank Building was erected behind it)
- Cadillac Avenue (now called Cadillac Square)
- The Scott Fountain at Belle Isle by Illumination
- Harbor by Night
- The Heart of Detroit at Night
- Detroit at Night From the Ford Building (on Griswold)
- Woodward Avenue (Can you figure out the location of this drawing?)
- Bird’s Eye View of Gratiot Avenue & East Side (What was “P&B?)
- Washington Boulevard (The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit is on the right.)
Thank you Detroit Metro Times for these photos.
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