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Other Historical Places
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Legends Around the Metro Detroit Area


Name: Butler (William Ganong) Cemetery
Location:
Henry Ruff rd between Annapolis and Van Born Roads in Westland.
Description:
Said to be the most haunted place in Michigan, the cemetery is very old and has been vandalized. Many stones have worn from the elements. An eerie feeling overcomes any person who enters this place, especially is you have heard the stories surrounding it.
Additional Info:
[ Ghosts of the Praire: Butler Cemetery ]

Name: Elmwood Cemetery
Location: 1200 Elmwood Street in Detroit 48207.
Description: A walk through Elmwood Cemetery on Detroit's near east side is a walk through 150 years of history and mysterious legend. The names on many of the 54,000 markers are names that still live on maps, building cornerstones and in our children's history books. Buried here are 28 Detroit mayors, 11 U.S. senators, seven Michigan governors, 28 Civil War generals and 15 black veterans of that war.
Additional Info:
[ Tales From The Crypt: Elmwood Cemetery Stories ]
[ Elmwood Historic Cemetery ]

Name: Redford Cemetery
Location:
Telegraph between 5 and 6 mile roads in Redford.
Description:
Also known as Bell Branch Cemetery, it is the site where many war heroes from the Revolutiony War and so on are buried. It is a particularly interesting place, though vandals have smashed and broken many stones.
Additional Info: [ Redford (Bell Branch) Cemetery ]
[ Michigan Historical Marker: Redford Cemetery ]
[ Redford Cemetery Association ]

Name: Woodmere Cemetery
Location:
9400 West Fort Street in Detroit 48209.
Description:
The Mausoleums are an especially interesting part to visit in this cemetery. There is an old Civil War monument visible from outside the cemetery, along with a crematorium slightly hidden from view.
Additional Info:
[ Woodmere Cemetery Tombstone Photographs ]
[ Woodmere Cemetery ]



Name: Ardmore Center
Location:
Formerly at 19810 Farmington Road in Livonia between 7 and 8 Mile Roads.
Description:
An old abandoned mental hospital on Farmington road in Livonia, the Ardmore Center was razed in the summer of 2003 to make way for condos or apartments.
Additional Info:
[ Forgottenmichigan: Ardmore Center ]
[
Ardmore Center, Michigan (Historic Asylums) ]

Name: Northville Mental Hospital
Location:
Along 7 Mile Road in Northville.
Description:
All that remains of the original hospital are a few underground rooms. The building itself was best decribed as gothic and eerie. My Dad recalls going there when he was younger to visit a friend there, and told me of the creepy feeling he got while walking through the building.
Additional Info:
[ Historic Asylums of America: Northville State Hospital ]
[ Northville-tunnels.com ]


Name: Belle Isle Horse Stables
Location:
North end of Belle Isle.
Description:
The stables on Belle Isle were the oldest wooden structure in Detroit. It was demolished and dismantled in 2003. Parts of the roof were saved and stored away.
Additional Info:
[ Forgottenmichigan: Belle Isle Horse Stables ]
[ DetroitYES: Belle Isle Riding Stables ]

Name: Book-Cadillac Hotel
Location:
Corner of Washington Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, Detroit.
Description:
The 28-story Book-Cadillac hotel, which opened in 1924, has been vacant and shuttered for 18 years. Famous guests include Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Harry S Truman, John F. Kennedy and Babe Ruth.
Additional Info:
[ Friends of the Book-Cadillac Hotel ]
[ Exploring the Abandoned Book-Cadillac Hotel ]

Name:
Brush Park
Location:
Neighborhood runs west of Brush to Woodward and north/south from Mack to Winder.
Description: The beautiful homes of 18th century lumber tycoons have been abandoned for years and left to essentially rot and decay. You can tell just by driving through that the houses were once beautiful works of art. Many houses are gone, but there is a restoration project going on to save the remaning houses that are salvageable.
Additional Info:
[ Detroitpix: Detroit's Brush park ] -
[ DetroitYES: Brush Park Ruins ]

Name: Michigan Central Station
Location:
Southwest Detroit on Michigan Avenue.
Description:
MCS closed in the mid 1980's and has withstood time and the elements for nearly 20 years. Recent plans are that the Detroit Police are eyeing the building for it's new headquarters.
Additional Info:
[ Exploring the Abandoned Michigan Central Station ] -
[ MICHIGAN CENTRAL RAILROAD STATION ]



Name: Henry Ford's Grosse Ile Home
Location:
Private Residence on Grosse Ile.
Description:
This beautiful "Pagoda" style home is still being lived in today. Interesting enough, there are supposedly underground tunnels that connect the garage across the street to the house. Rumor has it that Adolf Hitler once visited this home and walked through those same tunnels.
Additional Info:
[ Grosse Isle Online - Quick history of Grosse Isle ]


Name: Knock Knock Street
Location:
Strasburg Street off East 7 Mile Road.
Description:
Urban legend states that one drives slow enough down Strasburg street, with the radio and heat off, you can hear a series of knocks around the car, supposedly being the spirit of a murdered young girl drug down the street.
Additional Info:
[ Some Haunting Tales from Detroit's Past ]