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Ferndale, Michigan: 1928

Ferndale, Michigan: 1928

Nine Mile Road just west of Detroit's main thoroughfare, Woodward Avenue. Ferndale became a boomtown in the 1920s when Henry Ford created the $5 workday wage. His factory was located a few miles south on Woodward in Highland Park.

Ferndale was listed in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" twice in the Roaring 20s. It had more children per capita than any other town of the same size; and it was the only place in the US that had a drugstore on all four corners at a main intersection. In the early 1930s, Ferndale went on to become the second largest growing city in the nation.

The Woolworth sign in the window says, "50th Anniversary Sale Saturday." View full size.

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Nine Mile Road

219 W. Nine Mile Road is the address on Google Maps.

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The building is still there. The front is changed, but the tiles (which are very colorful, salmon and orange and red) are still visible at the top. I walk here every year for the Woodward Dream Cruise. The street is usually blocked off & filled with people, vendors, bands & rides.

Few blocks over, there is the car show on Nine Mile during this event. To boot, I grew up within walking distance in the 60's and remember this area so well. Thanks for the memories.

Kroger Grocery

Notice the Kroger Grocery store next door. It would grow to become one of the largest grocery chains in the USA!

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