By Jon Milan, Gail Offen
Grand River road, or Michigan US-16 because it was once finally particular, is one in all Michigans real Blue Highwaysan unique two-lane, blacktop highway nonetheless serving as an immediate direction via roadside the United States. initially a local American path, this historical course has been a westbound direction from the Straits of Detroit to the jap seashores of Lake Michigan for greater than 1,000 years. through the years, it has served as a footpath, horse path, wagon rut, stagecoach course, plank highway, and finally a two-lane street that gave a few of Americas earliest motorists their first flavor of long-distance vehicle trip.
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45 A Senior Moment. Wisconsin high school seniors stop off along Grand River Avenue to lunch at Gaffney’s, near Novi, in 1937. According to a note written on the back, the girls were on a senior trip to Detroit on what looks to be a blustery spring day. The signs behind them entreat passersby to “Buy Your [License] Plates in Farmington” (maybe the lines were shorter) and politely suggest an overnight stay at Detroit’s Fort Shelby Hotel—only 24 miles away. Not No. 6. Legend suggests that Novi was named for the Roman numeral VI, as it was either the No.
Sadly, it was demolished in 1996. 31 Detroit United Railway. Beyond the northern stretches of Detroit’s “New Center” area, Grand River Avenue continues on into the urban and suburban stretches of Redford. As transportation evolved from horseback to automobile, one emerging solution for traveling between Detroit and its outer limits was the Detroit United Railway (DUR) interurban. From 1900 through the early 1920s, travelers could “sail” up Grand River on a DUR train via the Orchard Lake Division.
However, the little village has recently been experiencing a population boom and is currently undergoing a good degree of growth and new construction. J. Rice’s General Merchandise Store. Just across the way, diagonally, stood the original post office (below). The old cemetery is visible behind it and to the right. 50 Four Livingston County The Boating Party. The beachwear of choice at Island Lake, while elegant, might seem a bit confining by today’s standards, and one can only imagine how difficult it would be to swim in such heavy clothes should somebody fall out of the boat.
Grand River Avenue (Images of America) by Jon Milan, Gail Offen