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!
And the mile road system of Detroit
The Mile Road System in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan was designed for ease of navigation in the region. It was established as a way to delineate east–west roads through the Detroit area and the surrounding rural rim. The Mile Road system, and its most famous road, 8 Mile Road, came about largely as a result of the Land Ordinance of 1785, a basic roadmap to the dividing of land, further defining the Land Ordinance of 1784, written by Founding Father Thomas Jefferson
The baseline used in the survey of Michigan lands runs along 8 Mile Road. This is why you see the name of 8-Mile being called “Baseline” Road in several locations. 8-Mile Rd is approximately eight miles directly north of the Campus Martius junction of Woodward Avenue and Michigan Avenue in downtown Detroit.
As Detroit grew and other municipalities were formed, the mile roads were at times given other names of local note , Several names are familiar like, Fenkell/5-Mile, McNichols/6-Mile, Moross/7-Mile,Maple/15 Mile, Big Beaver, Metro Parkway/16 Mile, Wattles/17 Mile, Long Lake/18 Mile, Square Lake/19 Mile, South Blvd/20 Mile…, 30 Mile/ Clarkston Rd.,The Mile Roads extend to 37 Mile Road through Macomb and Oakland counties.