This giant stove used to be at the foot of E Grand Blvd & Jefferson across from Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. It was later relocated on the Michigan State Fairgrounds facing Woodward Ave near State Fair St, between 7 and 8 Mile road, in Detroit.
Another glimpse into my Detroit childhood. Surprisingly I was not afraid of clowns. I remember my parents taking me to see him at personal appearances several times. I know they've got multiple slides of various visits.
Vernor's Ginger Ale: Before the Civil War began, James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist, concocted a drink made from19 different ingredients. For years, the only place one could buy Vernors was from the fountain in James Vernor's pharmacy at 233 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit. However, demand for the drink continued to grow and soda fountains throughout the city began to sell cold, carbonated Vernors.
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.