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Woodward in Winter: 1910

Woodward in Winter: 1910

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. "Woodward Avenue in winter attire." Rising in front of the church is one of the city's arc-lamp "moonlight towers." View full size.

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The first church on the left was the Woodard Avenue Baptist, at Woodward and Winder. It was demolished in 1990. I've lived in these condos for 10 years.

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Organ Crawl

The church in the background is St. John's Episcopal. The pointy turreted church is no longer there (like so many of Detroit's old churches gone or abandoned). St. John's, however, it flourishing.

I visited on an "organ crawl" organized by the conference of music directors for the Unitarian Universalists, visiting church organs all over Detroit.

Back of the trolley

Bitter cold and men standing on the rear boarding platform. The trolley is headed for the ladies who will ride inside.

What is the tower?

I noticed a radio looking tower in the background, but there looks like something unique at the top. Does anyone know what the tower is all about?

[As noted in the photo caption, it's an arc lamp. - Dave]

Of Little Use

Woodward Avenue was America's first paved road, as you can't see in this vintage photo.

Deja Vu all over again

There is a movement afoot in Detroit to reintroduce a trolley back onto Woodward Avenue.

Yep, I recognize that tower.

The city of Austin, Texas, received 31 of these from Detroit in 1894, in trade for railroad track used to build our ill-fated Granite Dam, which was to provide power for the lights, among other things. The dam was destroyed in a flood a few years later. How long did Detroit hang on to the ones they had left?

Woodward near East Montcalm

Just a few miles North West from the shot in this thread

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