Belle Isle

9 Photos That Show Spring Has Arrived on Belle Isle

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Belle Isle Spring

Read the complete Crain’s Detroit Business article.


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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The plan for historic Belle Isle that never was

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Bell Isle Bridge Plan

Read the complete post by the Detroit Metro Times.

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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14 Historic Postcards of Detroit at Night

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Postcard-AtNightFromWindsor  Postcard-MichiganCentralStation

Postcard-BellIsleConcert  Postcard-WoowardAtNight

Postcard-Cascade  Postcard-CityHallByNight

Postcard-CadillacAvenueNight  Postcard-ScottFountainIllumination

Postcard-DetroitHarborByNight  Postcard-HeartOfDetroitAtNight

Postcard-DetroitAtNightFromFordBuilding  Postcard-HeartOfDetroitAtNight-2

Postcard-GratiotAvenueByNight  Postcard-WashingtonBoulevardByNight

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.)

All of the postcards are from the Detroit Public Library‘s Burton Historical Collection.

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35 nostalgic photos of summertime at Belle Isle

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Belle Isle Summertime Picnic   Belle Isle Summertime Beach

Belle Isle Summertime  Belle Isle Summertime Canoes

Thank you Detroit Metro Times for these photos.

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