Local History Photos

Samuel Dexter's mansion


Samuel Dexter's mansion

Among the places slaves might have hid is Samuel Dexter's mansion just outside the village of that name.

Read more in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

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Adam and Pauline Goetz standing in front of Athens Press


Adam and Pauline Goetz standing in front of Athens Press

The Athens Press second home was a storefront at 208 North Main.

Read more in The Athens Press on Main Street by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Larry & Paulette Goetz.


People: Adam Goetz, Pauline Goetz
Places: 208 North Main St.

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Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church


Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Bethel A.M.E. Church was located in this building at 632 North Fourth Avenue from 1895 to 1971.

Read more in Bethel AME by Grace Shackman.


Places: 632 North Fourth Avenue

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Guy Beckley's home at 1425 Pontiac Trail


Guy Beckley's home at 1425 Pontiac Trail

Guy Beckley's home at 1425 Pontiac Trail.

Read more in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman, 1425 Pontiac Trail by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg, and Ann Arbor Streets: The Underground Railroad.

Image courtesy of Stan Shackman.


Places: 1425 Pontiac Trail

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Huron Block on Broadway


Huron Block on Broadway

Guy Beckley published the Signal of Liberty above his brother Josiah's store in the Huron Block on Broadway.

Read more in The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor by Grace Shackman and Ann Arbor Streets: Lower Town.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Summary: Bentley, nobib, Huron block, Josiah Beckley



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Ann Arbor Y.M.C.A., now Lane Hall


Ann Arbor Y.M.C.A., now Lane Hall

Post card view of Lane Hall when it was still the Y.M.C.A.

Read more in Lane Hall by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.



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Orrin White House


Orrin White House

The Orrin White house across the street from Huron High School is believed to be built by Steven Mills, the same mason who constructed Cobblestone Farm.

Read more in Cobblestone Houses in Washtenaw County by Grace Shackman and 2940 Fuller Road by Marjorie Reade & Susan Wineberg.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Bentley Image Bank: BL001550


Places: 2940 Fuller Road

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Dr. David Cowie


Dr. David Cowie

Dr. David Cowie is best remembered today as the instigator of adding iodine to salt to prevent goiters.

Read more in The Private Hospital Era by Grace Shackman and Medicine in Ann Arbor.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.


People: David Cowie

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Dupper children in front of their home and the barn


Dupper children in front of their home and the barn

The Dupper family lived at 439 Fifth Street, now the north end of the Bach School playground, and ran a beer distributorship from their barn.

Read more in 439 Fifth Street: From Drinking Spot to Play Yard by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Louis Velker.


Places: 439 Fifth Street

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MUO star Lionel Ames.


MUO star Lionel Ames.

Star Lionel Ames went on to a vaudeville career as a female impersonator.

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

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Summary: Bentley, nobib


People: Lionel Ames

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