Local History Photos

Trolley at Main & Washington


Trolley at Main & Washington

An open summer trolley car pauses to pick up a passenger at the corner of Main and Washington early in the century. (The old courthouse tower is in the background.) The large white sign on the front of the car advertises a 10 cent round-trip fare to a baseball game at the county fairgrounds (now Burns Park).

Read more in Ann Arbor's Streetcars by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.



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Dixboro Store


Dixboro Store

An economic boom created by paving Plymouth caused several area businesses to expand, such as the Dixboro Store.

Read more in Dixboro by Grace Shackman.

Image courtesy of Tom Freeman.

Keywords: Staroline Gasoline, E.M. Gibb Firestone Tire Service



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Ann Arbor Railroad crossing the Huron River


Ann Arbor Railroad crossing the Huron River

The Ann Arbor Railroad crosses the Huron River at Argo Dam.

Read more in Ann Arbor's "Other" Railroad by Grace Shackman, The Ann Arbor Railroad, 416 South Ashley Street, and 416 South Ashley #2.

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Inglis House


Inglis House

The Inglis' stately home, designed by local architect Woody Woodburn to resemble a French Chateau, has hosted visitors ranging from Gerald and Betty Ford to the Dalai Lama.

Read more in Inglis House by Grace Shackman and 2301 Highland Road by Marjorie Reade & Susan Wineberg.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.

Bentley Image Bank: BL005087


Places: 2301 Highland Road

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MUO Star Jimmy Lobaugh mugging with Governor G. Mennen Williams


MUO Star Jimmy Lobaugh mugging with Governor G. Mennen Williams

Star Jimmie Lobaugh mugs with audience member Governor G. Mennen Williams.

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

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Allen's Creek near Dean and Company warehouse


Allen's Creek near Dean and Company warehouse

Allen's Creek going by the Dean and Company warehouse near the Ann Arbor Railroad tracks between Liberty and Washington.

Read more in The Rise and Fall of Allen's Creek by Grace Shackman, Allen Creek Valley Shapes the Town, and Industry and Recreation on Allen Creek.

Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.



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Close-up of herringbone cobblestone construction, Cobblestone Farm


Close-up of herringbone cobblestone construction, Cobblestone Farm

Cobblestone houses, built from stones small enough to hold in one hand, are very labor intensive because the construction process entails putting in the stones one by one.

Read more in Cobblestone Houses in Washtenaw County by Grace Shackman and 2781 Packard Road by Marjorie Reade & Susan Wineberg.

Image courtesy of Stan Shackman.



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Getting into wardrobe for the Michigan Union Opera


Getting into wardrobe for the Michigan Union Opera

Since the Michigan Union was an all-male club, men played all the roles-both male and female.

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.



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George Voelker & Sam


George Voelker & Sam

George Voelker delivered beer for Dupper's with the aid of a horse named Sam.

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

Image courtesy of Louis Velker.


People: George Voelker

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Original UM Botanical Gardens, with old univeristy library in the background


Original UM Botanical Gardens, with old univeristy library in the background

The original botanical gardens were right on campus in front of the old library, about where the Graduate Library now sits.

Read more in The Botanical Gardens on Iroquois by Grace Shackman.

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Bentley Image Bank: BL005208



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