The Roads Of Detroit
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Ever drive through Detroit and wonder where the name of the streets you travel on came from? You’re not alone! Detroit and its vast metropolitan area has a centuries-old rich, diverse history. The names of our streets weave a wonderful story that literally connects us all. Let’s take a drive!
Destination: Springwells Road
Once another Detroit town within a town
Springwells Road is a historical southwest Detroit street that cites the original village of Springwells founded in 1783 and absorbed by Detroit in 1885. Father Gabriel Richard established the Springwells School in 1820.Springwells was appropriately named for the abundance of springs and wells. The road and Springwells neighborhood remain; typically defined as the area starting at Dix Hwy. to the north, Waterman St. to east, Fort St. to the south, and Woodmere St. to the west.
Springwells Street at Vernor in Southwest Detroit (Photo courtesy of Pinterest)