The ghostly salt city beneath Detroit

This giant truck travels on a glittering salt road 1,137 feet beneath Detroit, carrying newly-blasted salt several thousand feet to a primary crusher station. Like a Jules Verne fantasy, a ghostly city with its own network of four lane highways  lies deep beneath the industrial heart of Detroit, its crystalline walls glittering and gleaming in … Continue Reading →

The Detroit River ferryboats

The luxurious ferryboat SS City of Detroit III offered elegance usually found only in long-distance ocean liners. Long before  modern superhighways crisscrossed the continent and long before  railroads tied the nation together, ferryboats constituted  the major form of transportation through the New World wilderness. When settlers began arriving during the 1600s they built their small … Continue Reading →

How labor won its day

The Labor Day march across the Mackinac Bridge led by Michigan’s governor has replaced the Detroit march. The Father of Labor Day, Peter J. McGuire of New York City, in 1882 introduced the idea for the holiday. History has almost forgotten Peter McGuire, an Irish-American cabinet maker and pioneer unionist who proposed a day dedicated … Continue Reading →