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Postcard of Michigan Central Depot


Postcard of Michigan Central Depot

No amount of fine detailing—stained-glass windows, French tile floors, and even its own garden and fountain—could mask the depot's location in what was then a gritty industrial district. The dark mass looming on the left in this early postcard was the huge illuminating gas plant on Broadway.

Read more in The Michigan Central Depot by Grace Shackman, 401 Depot Street by Marjorie Reade & Susan Wineberg, and The Finest on the Line.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Bentley Image Bank: BL004910


Places: 401 Depot Street

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Farm Buildings, BL005487


Farm Buildings, BL005487

Read about Saline Valley Farms in Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now.

Bentley Image Bank: BL005487

Keywords: farming, farms, agriculture, Saline Valley Farm



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Washtenaw County Poor House


Washtenaw County Poor House

The Washtenaw County Poor House, on Washtenaw near Platt, housed a variety of unfortunates, from the insane, handicapped, retarded, and injured, to the just plain down on their luck. An 1830 Michigan law required each county to have a poor house.

Read more in The County Poor House by Grace Shackman.

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Bentley Image Bank: BL001570



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Henry Krause's Tannery Building


Henry Krause's Tannery Building

Tannery building shortly before it was torn down.

Read more in Henry Krause's Tannery by Grace Shackman and Industry and Recreation on Allen Creek.

Image courtesy of Stan Shackman.



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Lyra Male Choir


Lyra Male Choir

Rueben Kempf organized the Lyra Male Choir to bring town and gown together through the universal language of music. Elsa Kempf served as the group's mascot.

Read more in The Remarkable History of the Kempf House by Grace Shackman, The Music Makers, and Liberty and Division: Residential life in mid-19th-century Ann Arbor.

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Bentley Image Bank: BL003586



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Trolley at Main & Washington


Trolley at Main & Washington

An open summer trolley car pauses to pick up a passenger at the corner of Main and Washington early in the century. (The old courthouse tower is in the background.) The large white sign on the front of the car advertises a 10 cent round-trip fare to a baseball game at the county fairgrounds (now Burns Park).

Read more in Ann Arbor's Streetcars by Grace Shackman.

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Dixboro Store


Dixboro Store

An economic boom created by paving Plymouth caused several area businesses to expand, such as the Dixboro Store.

Read more in Dixboro by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Tom Freeman.

Keywords: Staroline Gasoline, E.M. Gibb Firestone Tire Service



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Ann Arbor Railroad crossing the Huron River


Ann Arbor Railroad crossing the Huron River

The Ann Arbor Railroad crosses the Huron River at Argo Dam.

Read more in Ann Arbor's "Other" Railroad by Grace Shackman, The Ann Arbor Railroad, 416 South Ashley Street, and 416 South Ashley #2.

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Inglis House


Inglis House

The Inglis' stately home, designed by local architect Woody Woodburn to resemble a French Chateau, has hosted visitors ranging from Gerald and Betty Ford to the Dalai Lama.

Read more in Inglis House by Grace Shackman and 2301 Highland Road by Marjorie Reade & Susan Wineberg.

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Bentley Image Bank: BL005087


Places: 2301 Highland Road

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MUO Star Jimmy Lobaugh mugging with Governor G. Mennen Williams


MUO Star Jimmy Lobaugh mugging with Governor G. Mennen Williams

Star Jimmie Lobaugh mugs with audience member Governor G. Mennen Williams.

Read more in When Football Players Danced the Can-Can by Grace Shackman and Ann Arbor Founders: Let's Put on a Play.

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