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The Battle of Bloody Run and Pontiac's Tree

On July 31, 1763, a stretch of Parent's Creek, on the present site of Elmwood Cemetery, ran red with blood.  Chief Pontiac, leading an alliance of several tribes, had begun a siege on the British in Fort Detroit on May 7th.  On July 31st, a group of about 260 British soldiers intent on breaking the siege attacked Pontiac’s nearby encampment along the creek.  Pontiac’s forces fought off their attackers, killing commanding officer Captain James Dalyell in the process.  In reference to the battle's carnage, Parent's Creek earned a new name–Bloody Run.  Today, much of the stream runs undergroun

The Fisher Body    Craftsman’s Guild

Edward Matusek poses with his model collection in this 1939 photo.

The DIA's Court - Before and After Diego Rivera

The Main Court at the DIA, c. 1929.

The Remarkable Life of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche

Dr. Ralph J. Bunche poses in front of a world map in this c. 1950 portrait.

Believe Me Truly Your Valentine

Valentine's Day note from Russell A. Alger to his beloved Annette.

Ulysses S. Grant Gives a Winter Advisory

Ulysses S. Grant, c. 1850

Map Quest VIII

Our series comes to an end in the 1970s. Here we find some futuristic proposals for the city, and a few specialized maps.

Map Quest VII

Detroit saw renewed interest in redevelopment during the 1960s. Some of these maps attest to the progress being made or proposed, and others just tell us where to find the chocolate.