TBT: Union Depot now a memory of Detroit's skyline

Long before the now-closed Michigan Central Station even opened its doors, Detroiters were being shuttled into and out of the Motor City on the "Wabash Cannonball" at the old downtown Union Depot.

This week's Throwback Thursday from the Detroit Historical Society is the Union Depot. The majestic building once stood at the corner of Third Ave and Fort Street. Thanks to the DHS, we can see the old Depot in two different decades.

Photo one is the Union Depot in 1973. The black and white photo was taken by Ray Nikolai and shows the building from the northeast corner. The depot's clocktower on the southwest corner of the intersection is in the center of the frame. You can also see Fort Street Presbyterian Church on the left side.

The other photo was taken just six years earlier. In 1967, we're looking at the building from just down Fort Street. In this one, you can see Fort Street Union Station, Fort Street Presbyterian Church. In the background are the Detroit Bank & Trust Building, Buhl Building, and Guardian Building.

The red stone building stood on the corner for almost 80 years before it was torn down in 1974. 

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