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In 1909 Wayne County built the first mile of concrete highway in the world. Located on Woodward between Six and Seven Mile roads. The cost for this one mile road was $13,537, including $1,000 in state aid.


Corktown, located directly south of Michigan Avenue, and directly west of the Lodge Freeway. Corktown is the oldest neighborhood in Detroit. This neighborhood, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is called Corktown because most of its first residents were from County Cork, in Ireland. Corktown is home to some Detroit landmarks, such as the Michigan Central Station and Tiger Stadium, which no longer stands.

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April 20, 1909: The World’s First Mile of Concrete Highway

THE WORLD'S FIRST MILE OF CONCRETE ROAD - Paving Woodward Ave. in Detroit - The Wayne County Rd Com. introduced the world to a new kind of road: Concrete. The only place it could be found that year was Woodward between Six and Seven Mile Roads in Greenfield Twp., which is now northwest Detroit. Construction started April 20, 1909.