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Detroit History Features

Michigan Avenue, year unknown

Michigan's highway: The history of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In the first of a three-part series on Michigan Avenue, we look at the history of the road, from its construction along the Sauk Trail to its recognition as a Historic Heritage Route.

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A cultural history of Metro Detroit, Chapter One: Native Americans

Our new series on Metro Detroit's ethnic and cultural history, written by local writer and historian Mickey Lyons, begins with the first Detroiters, Native Americans.

Kentucky memorabilia

Beans and dobros: Preserving what's left of Appalachia in Detroit

In part two of our series on Appalachian culture in metro Detroit, West Virginia-native Courtney Balestier listens to stories from the Kentuckians of Michigan. And takes home some beans. 

West Virginia University College of Pharmacy Guests at Parke-Davis Home Laboratories in Detroit (1959)

In search of the Hillbilly Highway

Between 1940 and 1960, seven million Appalachians left their home region to find work in places like Detroit. In the first of a two-part series, native-West Virginian Courtney Balestier writes about the history of the migration, and speaks to people who experienced it. 

Lining W. Grand Boulevard

How Detroit became a city of trees

More than 50 years before Dutch elm disease, a treacherous caterpillar pest spurred the city to action on an ambitious plan for its street trees.
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