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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.