Glimpses of Detroit's Riverfront History

Glimpses of Detroit's Riverfront History (HMMP1)

Location: Detroit, MI 48207 Wayne County
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N 42° 20.016', W 83° 1.512'

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St. Aubin Park Riverwalk

Stone 1:
St. Aubin Park Riverwalk
Glimpses of Detroit's Riverfront History

This walk made possible by:

Friends of Partners
Detroit Recreation Department
Dedicated July 1969

Stone 2:
The Many Names of Detroit
1880: City of the Straits (Major Great Lakes Port)
1920: Motor City (Automotive Capital of the World)
1963: Motown (Center of American Popular Music)
1980: The Renaissance City (Gateway to 21st Century)

Stone 3:
The Shipyard
Starting in 1852, this site was a busy shipyard. The Detroit Dry Dock Co. and later Detroit Shipbuilding Co., built and installed the steam engines and performed finish work on hulls produced at the Wyandotte shipyard. In 1890 the shipyard employed 600 boilermakers, machinists, shipfitters, carpenters and other tradespeople.

Stone 4:
Immigrant Workers
Detroits riverfront industries and the automobile plants depended on immigrant labor. In 1910, three out of four people in Detroit were immigrants or children of immigrants. They came from a dozen nations, including Germany, England, Ireland, Canada, Russia and Poland. The immigrant population almost tripled over the next 20 years.

Stone 5:
"I have taken my people out in the roads and in dark places, and looked at the stars of heaven and prayed for the southern man to turn his heart."
-Benjamin Singleton, a Black man who guided runaway slaves through Detroit to Canada in the 1850's.
HM NumberHMMP1
Year Placed1969
Placed ByFriends of Partners - Detroit Recreation Department
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 9:15pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 333153 N 4688802
Decimal Degrees42.33360000, -83.02520000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 20.016', W 83° 1.512'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 20' 0.96" N, 83° 1' 30.72" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)313
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13175 Detroit Riverwalk, Detroit MI 48207, US
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