Detroit, Michigan

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Historic and interesting images of Detroit--a city once known as the "Paris of the west."

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Aerial Photography by Don Coles, Skyline Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Skyline Aerial, Aerial Photographs From The Great Lakes, Michigan, Detroit Skyline, South East Michigan & Midwest, Great Lakes Shoreline, Waterfalls, Ships, Boats, Lighthouses, Harbors, Sand Dunes, Michigan Stadium's, Construction Projects,Building Implosions, Jobbienooner, Rafting, Schools, University, Aircraft, Don Coles, Harbors.

Saint Andrews Hall - Detroit

Originally built in 1907, it was converted into a concert hall in 1980. With a capacity of 1,000 people, this has been one of Detroit's top places to see a concert ever since. Originally the place to see alternative bands before they got HUGE ( Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc ) , the audience became a little more diverse in the 90's. I've played both the main stage upstairs as well as the Shelter downstairs once each.

Observation Deck coming to Penobscot Building

Guardian Building, photo by Michael G Smith Sometimes I find things and forget to post about them. A couple weeks ago, there was a feature from WXYZ in Detroit that the Detroit’s Penobscot Bu…

Purple Gang Hideouts | 26143) Purple Gang, Collingwood Massacre, Detroit, 1931

Walter P. Reuther Library (26143) Purple Gang, Collingwood Massacre, Detroit, 1931

Purple Gang Hideouts | 26143) Purple Gang, Collingwood Massacre, Detroit, 1931

Detroit's Flatiron building / Flickr

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Detroit's Flatiron building / Flickr

Michigan Central Station

History of Michigan Central Station with photographic documentation and urban exploration accounts by Tom Kirsch.

The Widening of Michigan Avenue

Buildings were demolished between 1938-1939 to allow Michigan Avenue's expansion. Courtesy Walter Reuther Library, Wayne State University....

Victorian Detroit (Detroit Wasn't Always the Motor City)

Detroit. The Motor City. Motown. Murder City. Car Capital of the World. Yep - that's the Detroit I know... ~~~~~Detroit - A Victorian Metropolis~~~~~ Wait-----what?? Yep. Detroit, this industrialized Rust Belt grunge town was once at the height of Victoriana. Gas Street Light on Gratiot Avenue 1882 A frontier town in what was considered the west at the turn of the 19th century, Detroit grew in size as the decades progressed. And as the town slowly turned into a city, the frontier town…

(From left to right) a Detroit police detective, Abraham Burnstein, and Purple gang lawyer Edward Kennedy Jr. Photo was taken during the 1928 Purple gang extortion trial. A jury found the gang not guilty because too many were afraid to testify against a purple gang member. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

(From left to right) a Detroit police detective, Abraham Burnstein, and Purple gang lawyer Edward Kennedy Jr. Photo was taken during the 1928 Purple gang extortion trial. A jury found the gang not guilty because too many were afraid to testify against a purple gang member. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

The Purple Gang - Detroit 1920's-30's

The Purple Gang - Jewish Organized Crime

The Purple Gang - Detroit 1920's-30's

Sam Fleisher, the youngest of the Fleisher brothers and a member of the Purple gang. He was known for his temper and his skills with guns. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Sam Fleisher, the youngest of the Fleisher brothers and a member of the Purple gang. He was known for his temper and his skills with guns. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Cruisin’ the Original: Woodward Avenue

Cruising Woodward, 1951 (above) …the seriousness of the times (1950s) did not dampen a growing love of cars and the freedom experienced by driving them. These young Detroiters found their car…