By Jon Milan, Gail Offen
Grand River street, or Michigan US-16 because it was once eventually specific, is considered one of Michigans precise Blue Highwaysan unique two-lane, blacktop highway nonetheless serving as an immediate course via roadside the United States. initially a local American path, this historic direction has been a westbound path from the Straits of Detroit to the jap seashores of Lake Michigan for greater than 1,000 years. over the years, it has served as a footpath, horse path, wagon rut, stagecoach course, plank street, and finally a two-lane road that gave a few of Americas earliest motorists their first flavor of long-distance vehicle trip.
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McKinney’s was a Detroit-based band with international appeal and a major recording contract on the RCA Victor label. The promotional card shown was sent out in 1912. ” While the Blue Lantern is now long gone, Island Lake is still a popular recreation area and is now a state park. 53 Hot Time. The city of Brighton, established in 1832, is just beyond Island Lake, where there was once a popular stagecoach stop at the corner of Main Street and Grand River Avenue. The Eastern House, seen here, started as the Brighton Hotel in 1850, then went on to provide other entertainment until it burned down in 1926.
1908. The shop at the lower right in the photograph above was always a hardware store. Originally Bennett’s Hardware, it was purchased by Charlie Sutton in 1913. Above Sutton’s (later Howell’s Finest Hardware) was the Howell Opera House. Opened in 1881, it featured everything from Gilbert and Sullivan to Shakespeare to jugglers to William Jennings Bryan. It also served as a courthouse. The opera house closed in 1924 and became a neglected storage space. But it is going to have a happy ending. In 2000, the Livingston Arts Council (LAC) bought the building.
The Art of Peace and Rock ’n’ Roll. Gary Grimshaw (1946–2014) grew up just outside of Detroit and displayed a talent for drawing at an early age. Prime age for the draft during the Vietnam era, he opted to join the Navy and was stationed in California, where he took in concerts at the Fillmore and was inspired by the artwork of the emerging psychedelic rock genre. In 1966, he was commissioned to do a poster for Detroit’s Grande Ballroom for a concert by the MC5. Soon, the Grimshaw style, along with that of fellow artist Carl Lundgren, became unmistakably identified with the Grande.
Grand River Avenue (Images of America) by Jon Milan, Gail Offen