Michigan History

How Detroit got its first black hospital

By Vivian M. Baulch / Special to The Detroit News In 1910, only 5,741 of Detroit’s 280,000 population were black. Among them was physician James W. Ames, a graduate of both Straight University and Howard University, who had taught in New Orleans and arrived in Detroit in 1894. He quickly assumed a leadership role within … Continue Reading →

Detroit's amusement parks

By Patricia Zacharias / The Detroit News   Long before the advent of mega theme parks, amusement areas like Electric Park and Edgewater Park were generally raucous gatherings of roller coasters, fun houses and other concessions. Although Coney Island set the standard, the Detroit shoreline was not far behind as a destination for immigrants hungry … Continue Reading →

100 years of baseball at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull

Winning teams and stars like the young Ty Cobb, shown sliding home safe, attracted big crowdsto the wooden stands of Bennett Park.By Ray Jeskey / The Detroit News More than 100 years ago, Detroit Tiger owner Van der Beck spent $10,000 to convert an old hay market at Michigan and Trumbull into a baseball park.   … Continue Reading →