The Streets of Detroit

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A Street
No longer appears on city maps. May still exist.

West of 3100 Vinewood. 1 block south of 3900 Michigan

Aaron Street
Abbott StreetPossibly 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 StreetNamed after Elias Aberle, land owner
Abington Road
Off map
Abrey Street
Acacia Street
Off map
Ackley Avenue
Adair StreetNamed for William Adair nurseryman and landowner; 1862
Adams Avenue E-WNamed for John Adams, second President of the United States
Adams StreetNamed for T.K. Adams; landowner; 1875, later changed to Buchanan March 19, 1887.
Is now Buchanan Street.

Source: now defunct Geocities site.

Addison Street
Adelaide StreetNamed for the wife of Elijah Brush.
Adele Street
No longer exists.The area now belongs to the GM Corporation BOC Group.
Adeline Avenue
Afton Road
Agnes AvenueNamed after youngest daughter of Moses W. Field
Ahrens Street
Aigret Street
AkronPossibly named for Akron, Ohio.
Alameda Avenue
Alaska AvenueProbably named for the Alaskan Territory.
Albany AvenueProbably 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.
Albert Street
Off map
Albion Street
Alcoy Avenue/Street
Alden Avenue
Alder Court/Place/Street
AlexanderNamed 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 StreetNamed 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-WNamed for Alexandrine M. Willis the wife of B. Campau, land owner; 1863.
Alfred StreetNamed for the son of Elijah Brush
Alger AvenueProbably named for Michigan's 20th Governor, Russell Alexander Alger
Algonac AvenueAccording 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.'
AlgonquinNamed for the Algonquin Nation.
Algonquin Avenue N-SNamed for the Algonquin Nation.
Off map
Alice Avenue (Ham)


Alice Avenue (Spw)
Allen PlacePossibly 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 StreetPossibly named for University of Michigan Regent, Marvin Allen.
Allendale Avenue
Allonby Street
Alma Avenue
Almont AvenuePossibly named for Mexican General Juan N Almonte.
Alpena AvenueAlpena is the 'Indian' word for partridge.
Alpha Avenue/Street
Alpine Avenue
Alstead Street
Off map
Alter Road N-S
Alwar Street
Off map
Alwyne Avenue/Lane
Amazon Avenue
Amber (Ambet?)
Ambet Street
American Avenue
American Way
AmherstNamed for Jeffery Amherst, first English Governor of Canada
Amity Avenue
Amos Avenue
Amrad Avenue/Street
Amsterdam StreetNamed after city in Holland
Anatole Avenue/Street
Off map
Anderdon Avenue
Off map
Anderson Avenue/StreetNamed after friend of James Nall
Off map
Andover Avenue
Andrus Avenue (Ham)Named after Frank D. Andrus, landowner
Anglin Avenue
Ann StreetNamed for the wife of FJB Crane, a landowner.
Is now Pitcher Street.
Anna Avenue/Place
No longer exists. Area is now part of Cheverolet Motor Company in Hamtramck.
Annabelle Avenue
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.
Annabelle Street

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.''

Annaland Avenue
Off map
Annchester Road
Off map
AnnexationNamed after located territory annexed to city the previous year; 1887.

Source: now defunct Geocities website on Michigan names.

Annin Avenue
Annland Avenue
Annott Street
Annsbury Avenue
Anson Street S
Off map
Anspach Street
Off map
Anstell Avenue
Off map
Anthon StreetNamed for George Christian Anthon, a garrison doctor in British Detroit.
Anthony Street
Antietam StreetNamed from the battle of Antietam in the Civil War.
Antoinette StreetNamed for Antoinette Mandlebaum, wife of S. Mandlebaum
Antwerp AvenuePossibly 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 StreetProbably named for the blacksmith tool.
Off map
Apple StreetProbably named for the fruit or tree.
Appleton Avenue/Street
Off map
Appoline Avenue/Street
Appoline Street (Spw)
Arcadia Avenue/Street
Arch StreetNow known as Bagg Street (?). Named for Arch McLean.
Is now Bagg Street (maybe).
Archdale Avenue/Street
Off map
Archer StreetNamed for a friend of Mrs. J.C. Williams; 1883.

Source: now defunct Geocities site.

Arcola Avenue
Arden Park
Ardmore Avenue
Argus Street
Off map
Argyle Avenue (Spw)Probably just named for the Scottish word.
Argyle CrescentProbably just named for the Scottish word.
Arizona Avenue E-W
Arlington Avenue
Armada StreetThe 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 AvenueWilliam (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 StreetNamed in honor of soldiers at Fort Wayne
Arndt StreetNamed for Henry Arndt, land owner
Arnold Street
Artesian Street
Off map
Arthur Avenue (Spw)Named after President Chester A. Arthur
Artillery Avenue
Artillery Street S
Asa Street
Asbury Park Avenue
Off map
Ash StreetNamed 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
Off map
Ashley StreetMay be named for New Baltimore settler, Alfred Ashley. Ashley was the original name for New Baltimore.
Off map
Ashton Avenue/Road
Off map
AskinLikely 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.
AssumptionI'm not sure that there is an Assumption Street in Detroit. The is one in Windsor.
Astor AvenueProbably named for fur trader, John Jacob Astor.
Athens AvenueCould be named for Athens, Greece or Athens, New York -- or neither.
Atkinson AvenueNamed for W.F. Atkinson, of Detroit
Atlanta AvenueProbably named for the city in Georgia.
AtlanticOh, I do't know. Maybe named for the ocean.
Atlas Avenue/PlaceWell, an atlas is a type of map.
Atwater Street E-WMary 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 AvenueMay be named for Auburn, New York.
Off map
Auburndale Avenue (HP)May be named for Auburn, New York.
Audrain StreetAudrain 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!

Audubon Avenue
Off map
August Street
Aurelia StreetNamed 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.
Aurora Avenue
Austin Street
AutomobilePerhaps named for the 4-wheeled mechanical conveyance.
Avalon Avenue (HP)
Averhill Court
Off map
Avery AvenueMay have been named for patron of the arts, Clara Avery.
Avery TerraceMay have been named for patron of the arts, Clara Avery.
Is basically an alley.
Avis Avenue
Off map
Avon Road
Off map
Avondale Avenue
Off map
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General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes (and others): Delaware, Fox, Huron, Miami, Ojibwa (Chippewa), Ottawa, Potawatomi, Sac, Shawnee and Winnebago.
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A 39 pound (approximate) musket that two men would prop on a tri-pod and fire with a small torch. The arquebus was used by Champlain's men against the Iroquois to defend the Hurons. This may be the cause of decades of Iroquois abuse of the Hurons.
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clay and wattle

Building technique used in the construction of chimneys in the early days of Fort Ponchartrain. The technique involved piling sticks and packing them - inside and out - with clay and mud.
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Name for early French mercantilism in America, which Jean-Baptiste Colbert was influential in developing.
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Trade permits issued by the Canadian government/court of France in the late 1600s to early 1700s.
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coureurs de bois

Very early French inhabitants of the current US and Canada who gave up their farmsteads for lives in the fur trade. They often lived with Native Americans.
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District of Hesse

Land district provisioned by the Canadian Council on July 24, 1788. The area was on the east side of the Detroit River.
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"Properly ""Mesh-kwa-ki-hug"". Native American tribe living in the area between Saginaw Bay and Thunder Bay at the time Detroit was founded. The French called the tribe Renyard. An allied tribe of the Sacs and Mascoutin."
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A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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General term sometimes used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Seneca.
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"A Native American tribe known for antagonizing and brutalizing the Hurons (see also arquebus)"
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Native American tribe living in the Grand Traverse Bay area at the time Detroit was founded. An allied tribe of the Foxes and Sacs. Also spelled Mascoutin.
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A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek.
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New York Currency

First standard currency used in Detroit (first used in 1765).
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A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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Native American tribe living in the Grand Traverse Bay area at the time Detroit was founded. An allied tribe of the Foxes (and Sacs?).
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Plains Indians

General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, and Pawnee (Pani).
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A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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Quebec Act

Act of June 22, 1774, in which British Parliament decides to exercise English law in criminal cases and old French provincial law in civil cases in western settlements. The idea was to discourage people from settling in the west.
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ribbon farms

Original land grants given by Cadillac. The lots were typically around 200 feet wide at the river front, with lengths up to 3 miles.
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Native American tribe living in the area between Saginaw Bay and Thunder Bay at the time Detroit was founded. The French called the tribe Sakis; English and Americans generally call them Sacs. An allied tribe of the Foxes/Renyards and Mascouten.
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General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Bannock and Shoshone.
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Treaty of Montreal

Treaty ending the war between the Iroquois and France and England. Negotiations began in July of 1698 and the treaty was signed in August of 1701.
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Treaty of Ryswick

September 20, 1697 treaty ending war between France and England.
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Early French explorers who traveled mainly by water.