Long before we could become the Gateway To The World, we were a gateway to people's own worlds... for dreams, recreation, or necessity.
It began with the native Indians, mainly the Wyandot tribe. The initial explorers, led by Cadillac, began formation of the area we know.
Downriver likely dealt with more adjustments to its way of life during this stretch of time. Did we really reinvent ourselves?
An interesting collection of stories, personalizing history, from a 1941 publication produced by the D.R. Chamber of Commerce.
Innovation was bound to strike not long after Ecorse Township's formation in 1827. Read about the evolution from farming to industry.
The first 93 years of Downriver's experience, covering the time period between Ecorse Township's formation and National Prohibition.
The 1980s (and beyond) would spawn the "Say Yes To Downriver" era complete with our ultimate spokesperson, Heinz Prechter.
Thomas Anderson, the last supervisor of Ecorse Township and first mayor of Southgate, put together this series on city evolution.
Find out some of the earliest city settlers, especially in the Ecorse and Lincoln Park areas. Who would jumpstart riverfront industries?
Changing as often as the landscape around it, Part Two shows life after Prohibition, World War II, and the start of the shopping center.
The "Y2K" bug didn't end up an issue, but the seeds of a new generation - good and bad - would be nutured from here into the future.
Beyond chemical plants and steel factories, one early industry with pride was our shipbuilding. Look no further than the Edmund Fitzgerald.