This webpage is an attempt to create a directory of some places in "Downriver" Michigan that may have changed over the years, gone away, or remain. The list goes from low to high address numbers, except in a few cases where that order doesn't reflect actual proximity. I have tried to make this a visual directory as well; the photos shown were taken by the author beginning in the summer of 2006 to the present time, except when noted otherwise.
How to figure out which side of the street a place is located? The even numbers will usually be on the north or west side of the street (depending on what direction the road leads) and the odd numbers will usually be on the south or east side of the street. If the street is going north or south, then all of the addresses which end in an even number (e.g., 13950) will be on the west side of the street, and all of those which end in an odd number (e.g. 2049), will be on the east side of the street, according to the compass. If the street is running west to east (instead of north to south), then the even numbers will be on the north side of the street and the odd numbers on the south side. Even so, I have indicated on some locations which side of the street they are/were located. SW stands for southwest, NE for northeast, etc.
I have simplified some names; for example I use the street name "Dix" instead of "Dix-Toledo" or "Toledo." I also refer to "Fort Street" even though some sources may call it "Fort Road" or "So. Fort Street." The "Lincoln Park Shopping Center" refers to the Sears shopping center located at the NW corner of Dix and Southfield. The "Lincoln Park Plaza" refers to the strip mall on the SW and NW corners of Fort and Emmons.
Information taken from phone books and city directories dated a particular year are listed as being current for that year. Therefore, if a phone book issued in April 1960 says that a place was at a certain address, I've listed it as being there in 1960, unless I have reason to believe otherwise. Also, information taken from a 1960 city directory may have been compiled a year earlier, but I have listed it under the year 1960 unless that entry conflicts with other information.
Other Downriver cities such as Allen Park, Woodhaven, Lincoln Park, and Flat Rock may be given their own pages in the future. At present, entries for those places can only be found in the listings of the major roads that run through them. Those streets which run through multiple cities can be found at the following links:
Additional items that may be of interest: