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: Fort Street and Shelby Street
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Mary Bailey of the Detroit News, writes, “Fort and Shelby streets (near downtown)were named after Fort Shelby, which was located there. The western point of Fort Street was opened and named in 1827 when the remains of Fort Shelby were razed. The fort was named after Gov. Isaac Shelby of Kentucky, who aided Michigan in the War of 1812 with troops from his home state. “http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=199#ixzz0qOP2Vxki
An early map shows the perimeter of Fort Shelby when it was called Fort Lernoult, the name it was given by the British Major Richard Lernoult, who built the fort while Great Britain controlled Detroit in 1778 (from detroithistorical.org)