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 have 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: Outer Drive

The Necklace of Detroit

While mostly within the Detroit city limits, Outer Drive also ventures into the cities of Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, and Melvindale.

First proposed in 1918, the mostly boulevard meanders through the city. A 1929 article in Michigan Women magazine, predicted a “…great pleasure boulevard…” that would be “…like a necklace around Detroit….”

Outer Drive, The Necklace of Detroit


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