First Mile of Paved Road 1909 ---- First Urban Freeway 1942
The Stars and Stripes first flew over Michigan soil on July 11, 1796.
When the territory of Michigan was created Jan. 11, 1805,
Detroit was chosen as its capital.
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.
In 1870, Detroit became the nation's first telephone customers
to have phone numbers assigned to them.
Michigan's first police woman began walking the beat in Detroit in 1893.
In Sept. 1908, William C. Durant organized several independent automobile plants into what was to become General Motors
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.
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......hmm
The onion is Michigan 's largest fresh-market vegetable crop.
YOU'RE AN OLD DETROITER IF
.... 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 and of course Demery's.
.... You rode the elevator at J. L. Hudson's, which was 'run' by an elevator operator. Fabulous Toy Department on the 12th floor.
.... You remember a Winkleman's, Sanders and Federal store in your neighborhood.
.... You remember the 'Big Snow', Buffalo, Bob, Howdy Doody, Clarabelle, Phineas T. Bluster, Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring.
.... 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, C. F. Smith was even earlier.
.... 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 and 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.