24 Old Photos Of Detroit That Will Take You Back In Time
For the last 60 years, Detroit has lost its steam and almost 70% of its population, and remains a mere shadow of its former glory for the most part of the 21st century.
But forget the slums, urban graveyards, and high crime rates for now and let’s take a quick look back to the days when Detroit’s was considered the Silicon Valley of America.
These 24 wonderful vintage photographs will take you there. Enjoy!
Welcome to Detroit
Detroit’s Michigan Central Station, built in 1903 and was one of the largest rail stations in the country.
Detroit’s Belle Isle, 1905
Detroit, circa 1915
The Woodward Spine
Ford’s Highland Park plant, 1914
A Liberty Bond rally in Detroit that took place around 1918.
A glimpse of the interior of Detroit’s First Congregational Church, 1918.
Detroit’s bustling city streets, 1920.
A quaint Polish-American grocery store, 1922.
The Ford River Rouge Complex
Tropics of Meta
Olympia Stadium (eventually known as the home of the Detroit Red Wings) was built in 1927.
Boats float along the water outside of Detroit, 1930.
After WWI, Detroit was home to some of the most innovative and cutting-edge industries.
NY Daily News
Men walk in a Labor Day parade, 1938
Deep snow makes driving in Detroit impossible.
An aerial view of Detroit, 1940s.
The Detroit News Archivist
Children run through Pingree Park. Hazen S. Pingree was a local politician who expanded public welfare programs, creating many new parks and schools.
Detroit Metro Times
During WWII, many wartime factories were located in Detroit.
28-ton tanks called “General Grants” were mass produced by the Chrysler Corporation’s tank arsenal in 1942.
In 1945, gasoline in Detroit cost just 17 cents a gallon.
Employees work on cars at Detroit’s Packard Motor Car Company.
A peek at the 1960 National Auto Show held at Cobo Hall.