Downtown Detroit 113 years ago

What was Detroit like a century ago? Well, for one, there were more horse-drawn carriages. Second, there were different street names on some familiar locations.

Detroit Historical Society preserved this shot of Detroit in the first five years of the 1900s. The photo is of a man and woman in a horse-drawn sleigh in Downtown Detroit ca. 1903.

The Black and white photographic print, likely a reprinting, depicting a man and woman wearing hats coats, seated in a horse-drawn sleigh. The sleigh was stopped in Gratiot Avenue just before Miami Avenue (now Broadway) as snow covers the ground.

Several storefronts along Miami are in the background, although the only legible sign is for ”Fine Fur” on the sign of a tall building further down the block.

”Miami at Gratiot c. 1900-1905, Briet Meyer’s Florist” handwritten on verso.

FOX 2 thanks the Detroit Historical Society for this and all of our Throwback Thursday posts.

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