The Streets of Detroit
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No longer appears on city maps. May still exist.
West of 3100 Vinewood. 1 block south of 3900 Michigan
|Abbott Street||Possibly named for early Detroiter, James Abbott, or his son James Abbott, who was one of the city's first postmasters. Mary Bailey, of the Detroit News, writes, ''Abbott Street was opened in 1835 and was named for James Abbott Jr., born in Detroit in 1776. His father, James Abbott Sr., came to Detroit in 1768 and organized a fur trading partnership with several local men. James Jr. was educated in Montreal, and followed his father into the fur business. His first Detroit store was near the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Woodbridge. He also was postmaster from 1806 to 1831. His home, store, post office and fur warehouse were all located below Woodbridge on Woodward.'' On March 19, 1887 the street's name was changed to Amherst.|
|Aberle Street||Named after Elias Aberle, land owner|
|Adair Street||Named for William Adair nurseryman and landowner; 1862|
|Adams Avenue E-W||Named for John Adams, second President of the United States|
|Adams Street||Named for T.K. Adams; landowner; 1875, later changed to Buchanan March 19, 1887.|
Is now Buchanan Street.
Source: now defunct Geocities site.
|Adelaide Street||Named for the wife of Elijah Brush.|
No longer exists.The area now belongs to the GM Corporation BOC Group.
|Agnes Avenue||Named after youngest daughter of Moses W. Field|
|Akron||Possibly named for Akron, Ohio.|
|Alaska Avenue||Probably named for the Alaskan Territory.|
|Albany Avenue||Probably named for Albany, New York.|
|Alber Street (Spw)||May be named for Army Private Frederick Alber of Manchester. He received the Medal of Honor for his Civil War service.|
|Alexander||Named for Alexander Fraser, landowner; 1857 ; changed to Wight on July 9, 1867.|
Is now Wight Street.
Source: now defunct Geocities site on Michigan Street names.
|Alexander Street||Named for Alexander Stanton, son of General Henry Stanton; 1852 (Stanton Farm); later changed to Newark June 3, 1885.|
Is now Newark Street.
Source: now defunct Geocities website.
|Alexandrine Avenue E-W||Named for Alexandrine M. Willis the wife of B. Campau, land owner; 1863.|
|Alfred Street||Named for the son of Elijah Brush|
|Alger Avenue||Probably named for Michigan's 20th Governor, Russell Alexander Alger|
|Algonac Avenue||According to Michigan Place Names, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft invented the name Algonac by taking the beginning of Algonquin (as in the Algonquin Nation) and adding the suffix 'ac', meaning 'place.'|
|Algonquin||Named for the Algonquin Nation.|
|Algonquin Avenue N-S||Named for the Algonquin Nation.|
|Alice Avenue (Ham)|
|Alice Avenue (Spw)|
|Allen Place||Possibly named for University of Michigan Regent, Marvin Allen. Or maybe for Ann Abor co-founder, John Allen. Or Royal Oak settler, Charles Allen. I think it is most likely that it was named for Lewis Allen, for whom Allen Park is named.|
|Allen Street||Possibly named for University of Michigan Regent, Marvin Allen.|
|Almont Avenue||Possibly named for Mexican General Juan N Almonte.|
|Alpena Avenue||Alpena is the 'Indian' word for partridge.|
|Alter Road N-S|
|Amherst||Named for Jeffery Amherst, first English Governor of Canada|
|Amsterdam Street||Named after city in Holland|
|Anderson Avenue/Street||Named after friend of James Nall|
|Andrus Avenue (Ham)||Named after Frank D. Andrus, landowner|
|Ann Street||Named for the wife of FJB Crane, a landowner.|
Is now Pitcher Street.
No longer exists. Area is now part of Cheverolet Motor Company in Hamtramck.
Please see ''Annabelle Street.'' My 1926 Detroit Street Guide lists an Annabelle Avenue, but it appears as though the only Annabelle Avenue in Michigan now is the one in Hazel Park.
A big thanks to Mister Blue of Detroit 300 for setting me straight on Annabelle Street! He writes, ''Annabelle St. is fact in Detroit 48217 which is the southern most part of Detroit. The area borders the Rouge River (at the Draw Bridge on Fort St. to the North, Basset St. to the East, I-75 Fisher Fwy Service Dr. to the West & West Outer Drive to the South.''
|Annexation||Named after located territory annexed to city the previous year; 1887.|
Source: now defunct Geocities website on Michigan names.
|Anson Street S|
|Anthon Street||Named for George Christian Anthon, a garrison doctor in British Detroit.|
|Antietam Street||Named from the battle of Antietam in the Civil War.|
|Antoinette Street||Named for Antoinette Mandlebaum, wife of S. Mandlebaum|
|Antwerp Avenue||Possibly named for Antwerp, Belgium -- more likely named after Detroit Mayor Eugene Van Antwerp.|
Special thanks to David Baeckelandt (former President and Chairman of the Board of the Gazette van Detroit - the last bilingual Dutch-English Belgian newspaper in North America) for this information.
|Anvil Street||Probably named for the blacksmith tool.|
|Apple Street||Probably named for the fruit or tree.|
|Appoline Street (Spw)|
|Arch Street||Now known as Bagg Street (?). Named for Arch McLean.|
Is now Bagg Street (maybe).
|Archer Street||Named for a friend of Mrs. J.C. Williams; 1883.|
Source: now defunct Geocities site.
|Argyle Avenue (Spw)||Probably just named for the Scottish word.|
|Argyle Crescent||Probably just named for the Scottish word.|
|Arizona Avenue E-W|
|Armada Street||The Detroit Almanc tells the story of the naming of Armada Village/Township. The story is that a meeting was held in 1867 to rename an area called Honeoye (and before that, Burke's Corners). The meeting dragged on and on until finally, Hosea Northup stood and declared the name to be Armada ( pronounced ar-MAY-da). Why he chose the name or pronunciation is unknown, but it stuck. This street could be named for the township.|
|Armin Street (Ham)|
|Armour Avenue||William (Bill) Armour was the manager for the Detroit Tigers the year Ty Cobb began his career. I don't know if the street is mamed for him. I believe his baseball career was short-lived.|
|Army Street||Named in honor of soldiers at Fort Wayne|
|Arndt Street||Named for Henry Arndt, land owner|
|Arthur Avenue (Spw)||Named after President Chester A. Arthur|
|Artillery Street S|
|Asbury Park Avenue|
|Ash Street||Named for a tree indigenous to Michigan. It is common for areas in cities to have streets named after trees. Ash Street in Detroit is near Butternut, Poplar, Pine, Spruce, Magnolia, Mulberry, and Sycamore Streets.|
|Ashland Avenue N-S|
|Ashley Street||May be named for New Baltimore settler, Alfred Ashley. Ashley was the original name for New Baltimore.|
|Askin||Likely named for John Askin, an early Detroit settler. His farm, the Askin Farm, later became the Brush farm, when Askin's daughter married Elijah Brush.|
|Assumption||I'm not sure that there is an Assumption Street in Detroit. The is one in Windsor.|
|Astor Avenue||Probably named for fur trader, John Jacob Astor.|
|Athens Avenue||Could be named for Athens, Greece or Athens, New York -- or neither.|
|Atkinson Avenue||Named for W.F. Atkinson, of Detroit|
|Atlanta Avenue||Probably named for the city in Georgia.|
|Atlantic||Oh, I do't know. Maybe named for the ocean.|
|Atlas Avenue/Place||Well, an atlas is a type of map.|
|Atwater Street E-W||Mary Bailey of the Detroit News, writes, "Atwater was named for Reuben Attwater (the spelling was different but early Detroiters didn't seem to care) and because the street was "at the water." Attwater was Secretary of the Michigan Territory in 1808 and was acting governor in the absence of Gov. William Hull in the 1800s."|
|Auburn Avenue||May be named for Auburn, New York.|
|Auburndale Avenue (HP)||May be named for Auburn, New York.|
|Audrain Street||Audrain Street was renamed Clayton sometime between 1910 and 1924. It was supposedly named for Peter Audrain, Secretary of Governor and Judges Territorial Legislature and Clerk of Courts. Some sources spell the name Audrian. I believe Audrain is correct.|
Is now Clayton.
Thanks much to Ashley Prescott for the information about the renaming of this street!
|Aurelia Street||Named for Aurelia Cutler of Warren, MA, friend of W.B. Wesson|
1 small section of the street may still exist. Most of it is now part of the campus of Murry Wright High School.
|Automobile||Perhaps named for the 4-wheeled mechanical conveyance.|
|Avalon Avenue (HP)|
|Avery Avenue||May have been named for patron of the arts, Clara Avery.|
|Avery Terrace||May have been named for patron of the arts, Clara Avery.|
Is basically an alley.