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VINTAGE POINT: Victorian house on Shiawassee

A note on this photo from the Heritage Room archives tells us this Victorian house, once located just west of the Baptist church on Shiawassee, was built in the 1870s by Fred Staman and demolished in the early ‘60s. Historic … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Quaker meetinghouse

This home at 34196 State Street, one lot south of the Quaker cemetery on Gill, was once the site of an 1832 Quaker meetinghouse. Subsequent owners built around it rather than tear it down; in the top photo (1957), you … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: 33430 Shiawassee

This house at 33430 Shiawassee, no longer standing, was reportedly built in the 1820s or 1830s and owned by Arthur Power, who founded Farmington. It stood at what’s now the western edge of the First Baptist Church side lawn. See … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Detroit United Railway

From 1900 to 1930, you could hop on the interurban at the local station — like this one at the south corner of Grand River and Orchard Lake — and take the Detroit United Railway streetcar to Northville, Plymouth, or … Continue reading

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DOWN AND DIRTY: How 1970s Farmington got mired in the mud…and how “Operation Shovel” pulled them out

This is the first in a multi-part series about Farmington’s muddy roads in the 1970s. We Michiganders love to complain about our roads. The potholes that tear up tires. The rim-bending, frame-smashing torture on the way to work. Highways that … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Buck’s Liquors

A view of the north side of Grand River in the 1940s. John Cowley & Sons pub was Buck’s Liquors. To the right, next to the Farmington Civic Theater, was a sandwich shop. Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Eagle Mill

Eagle Mill was built in the mid-1800s by Arthur Power. The mill came down in 1923, but the street is still called Power Road. Today, the mill site is a parking lot for the Shiawassee Park tennis courts, across from … Continue reading

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LECTURE: House-spotting, September 21

Maybe you love old houses—restoring them, living in them, touring them, photographing them. Or maybe you’ve walked through the Farmington Historic District so many times that you can identify the houses by color: the blue one on Warner, at the … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Burnett Bros. gas station

Until the mid-1950s, you could refuel your car or get an oil change at the Burnett Bros. Gas Station (33708 Grand River), located at the corner of Grand River and Cass, just west of downtown Farmington. Historic photo from Farmington: … Continue reading

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VINTAGE POINT: Farmington Roller Mills

The Farmington Branch Library at State and Liberty streets was once the site of a flour mill. It was built in 1888 by German immigrant Louis Gildemeister, using $1,000 donated by local citizens, and stood until December 1962. Historic photo … Continue reading

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