U. S. Arsenal - - - Armory

U. S. Arsenal - - - Armory (HM2GO6)

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N 42° 18.429', W 83° 14.633'

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1833 - 1875

On this site stood the armory, the largest of the eleven buildings of the Detroit Arsenal. This structure served as a storehouse for ord nance [sic] equipment and quartermaster supplies, and as a social center for military and community events.

About 1877 this building became a civic center called "Liberty Hall." Activities such as dancing, roller skating, dramatic plays, lodge meetings, and other functions made this former military installation valuable.

Private individuals purchased the armory in 1892 and 1896. Sold again in 1902, the building became teh Arna Mills, manufacturers of garments and robes. This three story, 120 foot long brick structure was destroyed by a spectacular fire lasting twenty-one days in 1910.

In the summer of 1984, the Dearborn Historical Museum excavated a portion of the foundation of the Armory and unearthed numerous historical artifacts.
HM NumberHM2GO6
Year Placed1966
Placed ByDearborn Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 315058 N 4686317
Decimal Degrees42.30715000, -83.24388333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 18.429', W 83° 14.633'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 18' 25.74" N, 83° 14' 37.98" W
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