22 November 2017 - Mackinac Bridge

After a long hiatus due to a website issue, we are up-and-running with the problems nearly fixed. While the last kinks get worked out, uploads will continue whenever possible. In the meantime, check out our page for th Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 09 August 2015 visit!

21 March 2017 - Middle Island Lighthouse

On 09 August 2015 we visited the Middle Island Lighthouse in Alpena County, Michigan (just northeast of Alpena). Completed in 1905, this 80-foot tower sits on the east side of Middle Island in Lake Huron. The light tower and the nearby keeper's house and fog signal building are maintained by the Middle Island Lighthouse Keeper's Association and are accessible only by boat.

20 March 2017 - Rosy Mound Natural Area

Check out our page for Rosy Mound Natural Area in Ottawa County, Michigan (just south of Grand Haven). We just added some photos from our 03 August 2015 visit!

19 March 2017 - Downtown Detroit

Check out our page for Downtown Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 24 July 2015 visit to the area near the Grand Army of the Republic Building!

18 March 2017 - Ecumenical Theological Seminary

Check out our page for the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 24 July 2015 visit.

14 March 2017 - National Museum of the Great Lakes

On 21 July 2015 we visited the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. The museum recently moved from nearby Vermilion, Ohio to this new location along Toledo's Maumee Riverfront in 2014. The highlight of the museum's collection is the 1911 lake freighter James M. Schoonmaker.

13 March 2017 - Spiegel Grove

On 21 July 2015 we visited the Spiegel Grove estate in Fremont, Ohio. Spiegel Grove was the summer home and estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes and hist wife First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes. Built on 25 acres around 1860, the now 30-room house was where the President retired after his time in the White House. Both the President and his wife are buried on the grounds.

07 March 2017 - Seneca Caverns

On 21 July 2015 we visited Seneca Caverns in Seneca County, Ohio (just southwest of Bellevue). This limestone and dolomite cavern was discovered in 1872 when two boys and their dog fell into an opening. The cavern has since been improved and opened to visitors in 1933.

02 March 2017 - Bedford Reservation

Check out our page for the Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Reservation in Walton Hills, Ohio. We just added some photos from our 20 July 2015 visit to Bridal Veil Falls.

27 February 2017 - McKinley National Memorial

On 20 July 2015 we visited the McKinley National Memorial in Canton, Ohio. This memorial is dedicated to the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley. Designed by Harold Magonigle and completed in 1907, this memorial also houses the final resting place of McKiney and his wife, Ida. 

26 February 2017 - Stark County Courthouse

On 20 July 2015 we visited the Stark County Courthouse in Canton, Ohio. Designed by George Hammond in the Beaux Arts style, the current courthouse was built around the earlier 1870 courthouse and was completed in 1895.

20 February 2017 - Newell Toll Bridge

On 20 July 2015 we visited the Newell Toll Bridge linking Hancock County, West Virginia to East Liverpool, Ohio. This privately-owned cable suspension bridge over the Ohi River was built in 1905.

19 February 2017 - Chester City Park

On 20 July 2015 we visited Chester City Park in Chester, West Virgnia. This local park is situated at the point where Middle Run empties into the Ohio River. Located at the northern tip of West Virginia'a panhandle, this park is a good place to watch towboats and barges passing by and view the nearby Jennings Randolph Bridge.

16 February 2017 - Point State Park

Check out our page for Point State Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We just uploaded some photos from our 19 July 2015 visit!

14 February 2017 - Smithfield Street Bridge

Check out our page for the Smithfield Street Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We just added some photos from our 19 July 2015 visit!

13 February 2017 - Mount Washington (Pittsburgh)

Check out our page for the Mount Washington neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We just added some photos from our 19 July 2015 visit!

12 February 2017 - Queen Victoria Park

On 18 July 2015 we visited Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This park operated by the Niagara Parks Commission opened in 1888. Situated at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls on the Niagara River, the park is one of the most iconic places to view Niagara Falls.

10 February 2017 - Whirlpool Aero Car

On 18 July 2015 we visited the Whirlpool Aero Car in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This cable car began service in 1916 and was designed by Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo. The Whirlpool Aero Car crosses over the Niagara Whirlpool along the Niagara River at 200 to 250 feet above the river. The 35-passenger car crosses the international border between the United States and Canada along its route, but both ends are in Canada.

07 February 2017 - Sir Adam Beck Generating Station II

On 18 July 2015 we visited the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station II in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This hydroelectric generating station was opened in 1954 and works together with neighboring Sir Adam Beck Generating Station I to produce nearly 2,000 megawatts of power. Ontario Power Generation owns both stations, producing electricity by diverting water from the Niagara River and nearby Welland River.

06 February 2017 - Queenston-Lewiston Bridge

On 18 July 2015 we visited the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. This nearly 1,600-foot long international bridge crosses 370 feet above the Niagara River. The bridge replaced an earlier bridge when opened in 1962, connecting Niagara-On-The-Lake with neighboring Lewiston, New York.

03 February 2017 - Queenston Heights National Historic Site

On 18 July 2015 we visited the Queenston Heights National Historic Site in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. This park is built upton the site of the 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights. The central feature of the park is the Brock Monument, a 184-foot limestone column honoring Major General Sir Isaac Brock, who died in the battle. The monument was completed in 1856, replacing an earlier monument damaged by an explosion.

02 February 2017 - Port Dalhousie Lighthouses

On 18 July 2015 we visited the Port Dalhousie Lighthouses in Saint Catharines, Ontario. These Lake Ontario range lights mark the entrance to the former mouth of the Welland Canal. Built in 1879 and 1898, these lights guided ships into the Welland Canal until the route moved to the east in 1932.

31 January 2017 - Saugatuck Dunes State Park

On 12 July 2015 we visited Saugatuck Dunes State Park in Allegan County, Michigan (just north of Saugatuck). This 1,120-acre state park along Lake Michigan contains 14 miles of trails on land formerly owned by Dorr Felt, inventor of the comptometer.

30 January 2017 - Langley Covered Bridge

On 10 July 2015 we visited the Langley Covered Bridge in Saint Joseph County, Michigan (just north of Centreville). This 282-foot-long howe truss bridge over the Saint Joseph River was completed in 1887 and is the longest covered bridge in the state of Michigan.

29 January 2017 - Basilica of the Sacred Heart

On 10 July 2015 we visited the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Saint Joseph County, Indiana (just north of South Bend). This Catholic church is located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and was consecrated in 1888, though the foundation was laid in 1870. Standing at a height of 218-feet, the steeple makes this church the tallest university chapel in the United States. 

25 January 2017 - Downtown Grand Rapids

Check out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 09 July 2015 visit!

17 January 2017 - Muskegon State Park

On 08 July 2015 we visited Musekgon State Park in Muskegon, Michigan. This 1,233-acre state park is located on a narrow piece of land between Lake Michigan and inland Muskegon Lake. First protected in 1924 as Dunes State Park, this land how contains twelve miles of marked trails and two miles of Lake Michigan beachfront.

15 January 2017 - Downtown Grand Rapids

Check out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 07 July 2015 visit!

12 January 2017 - Tipton County Courthouse

On 30 June 2015 we visited the Tipton County Courthouse in Tipton, Indiana. This Romanesque Revival courthouse was completed in 1894 and was designed by Adolph Scherrer, the architect that also designed the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

09 January 2017 - Indiana Statehouse

Check out our page for the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. We just uploaded some photos from our 29 June 2015 visit!

08 January 2017 - Downtown Indianapolis

Check out our page for Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. We just added some photos from our 29 June 2015 visit!

07 January 2017 - Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

Check out our page for the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Indianapolis, Indiana. We just added some photos from our 29 June 2015 visit!

05 January 2017 - Monroe County Courthouse

On 29 June 2015 we visited the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana. This Beaux-Arts courthouse is the third to serve the Monroe County government. The building was designed by Wing and Mahurin and completed in 1908 at a cost of $188,000.

02 January 2017 - Dunn Cemetery

On 29 June 2015 we visited the Dunn Cemetery in Bloomington, Indiana. This small cemetery located within the campus of Indiana University dates back to the early 1800s. George C. Dunn granted the private burial grounds to descendents of the Dunn family before Indiana University owned the land. When the land was purchased, it was required to build around the small cemetery.

30 December 2016 - Indiana University - Bloomington

On 29 June 2015 we visited Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The largest campus of the Indiana University system, the Bloomington campus has a student population exceeding 48,000. The University was established in 1820 as State Seminary and was given its current name in 1839.

29 December 2016 - Bluespring Caverns

On 29 June 2015 we visited Bluespring Caverns in Lawrence County, Indiana (just southwest of Bedfrord). This karst and river type cave system was discovered as early as the 1800s. The current entrance was formed by a sinkhole in 1940. The cave contins 21 miles of surveyed passages and has the longest kown subterranean river in the United States, three miles of which are navigable.

28 December 2016 - West Baden Springs Hotel

On 28 June 2015 we visited the West Baden Springs Hotel in West Baden Springs, Indiana. This historic resort hotel opened in 1902 with the world's largest free-spenning dome at the time. The hotel fell on hard times after the stock market crash in 1929 and was closed in 1932. After serving as a Jesuit seminary and a college campus, the renovated hotel reopened for guests in 2007.

27 December 2016 - Gospel Street Bridge

On 28 June 2015 we visited the Gospel Street Bridge in Paoli, Indiana. This Pratt truss bridge over Lick Creek was built in 1880 by the Cleveland Bridge and Iron Company. Late last year a semi-truck driver overloaded the bridge causing it to collapse. Fortunately, work has began recetly to repair the collapsed bridge.

23 December 2016 - Orange County Courthouse

On 28 June 2015 we visited the Orange County Courthouse in Paoli, Indiana. One of Indiana's oldest continuously-operating courthouses, this building was completed in the Greek Revival style in 1850.

22 December 2016 - Beck's Mill

On 28 June 2015 we visited Beck's Mill in Washington County, Indiana (just southwest of Salem). This restored grist mill along Mill Creek was first built in 1864 to replace an earlier 1808 mill built by George Beck that had burned.

21 December 2016 - Indiana Caverns

On 28 June 2015 we visited Indiana Caverns in Harrison County, Indiana (just southwest of Corydon). Part of the much-larger Binkley Cave System, Indiana Caverns was discovered as a sinkhole formed some time prior to the 1930s. Exploration continues on this, Indiana's largest cave system. Public tours have been available on site since 2013 and include a boat ride on the cave's underground river.

20 December 2016 - Squire Boone Caverns

On 28 June 2015 we visited Squire Boone Caverns in Harrison County, Indiana (just northeast of Mauckport). This cave was discovered by Daniel Boone and his brother, Squire, while ihiding from Native Americans in the area in the late 1700s. Squire Boone eventually purchased the land and built a grist mill at the site. He loved the caverns so much that he chose it as his burial site.

15 December 2016 - Boone's Mill

On 28 June 2015 we visited Boone's Mill in Harrison County, Indiana (just northeast of Mauckport). This operating grist mill has been restored to recreate the mill built by Squire Boone in the early 1800s.

13 December 2016 - Ashland Park

On 27 June 2015 we visited Ashland Park in Clarksville, Indiana. This small city park is situated along the Ohio River providing stuning views of the Louisville skyline.

12 December 2016 - Washington County Courthouse

On 27 June 2015 we visited the Washington County Courthouse in Salem, Indiana. This Richardson Romanesque limestone courthouse was designed by Hary P. McDonald and was completed in 1886.

11 December 2016 - Pigeon Roost State Historic Site

On 27 June 2015 we visited the Pigeon Roost State Historic Site in Scott County, Indiana (just south of Scottsburg). The memorial at this site marks the place where, during the War of 1812, Native Americans massacred a small village of White settlers who were squatting on Shawnee land. A 44-foot obelisk towers over the site, which was dedicated in 1929.

10 December 2016 - Edinburgh Elevator

On 27 June 2015 we visited the Edinburgh Elevator in Edinburgh, Indiana. This abandoned grain elevator is located along the railroad tracks running through the small town of Edinburgh. 

04 December 2016 - Etna Elevator

On 27 June 2015 we visited the Etna Elevator in Etna Green, Indiana. This grain elevator is located in the center of the small town of Etna Green. Situated along the railroad tracks running through town, the elevator continues to serve as a place for grain storage while awaiting railroad transportation.

03 December 2016 - 2015 Detroit Ford Fireworks

On 22 June 2015 we attended the 2015 Detroit Ford Fireworks display in Detroit, Michigan. We viewed the 57th annual international fireworks display from Belle Isle State Park.

02 December 2016 - S.S. Badger

On 06 June 2015 we visited the S.S. Badger as it pulled into Ludington, Michigan after its regular voyage across Lake Michigan. The 410-foot-long passenger and vehicle ferry was launched in 1952 and has been in operation between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin since 1953. The historic ship was designated a National Historic Landmark earlier this year.

01 December 2016 - Little Sable Point Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Little Sable Point Lighthouse in Oceana County, Michigan (just southwest of Hart). We just added some photos from our 06 June 2015 visit!

29 November 2016 - Fort Street Bascule Bridge

Check out our page for the Fort Street Bascule Bridge in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 30 May 2015 visit to see the progress on the construction of the new replacement bridge over the Rouge River. This photo set also includes our 7,500th photo!

28 November 2016 - Monona Terrace

On 23 May 2015 we visited Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin. This convention center was completed in downtown Madison along the shores of Lake Monona in 1997. The building was based on an original design by Frank Lloyd Wright, first proposed in 1938. Beautiful views of the Wisconsin State Capitol and Lake Monona can be had from the convention center's rooftop.

27 November 2016 - Downtown Madison

On 23 May 2015 we visited Downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is the second largest city in the state of Wisconsin and also serves as the state capital. Incorporated in 1848, Madison now boasts a population of nearly 250,000.

23 November 2016 - University of Wisconsin - Madison

On 23 May 2015 we visited the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. The University was established when Wisconsin became a state in 1848. Today, the Madison campus sits on 936 acres situated along the shores of Lake Mendota and is the largest in the state with a student population over 43,000.

22 November 2016 - Wisconsin State Capitol

On 23 May 2015 we visited the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style by architect George B. Post, the headquarters of Wisconsin's state government was completed in 1917. The Capitol is the tallest building in Madison, a distinction protected by law. With its dome rising 284 feet above Madison's streets, it is even taller than the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.

13 November 2016 - Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse in Grand Haven, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 16 May 2015 visit!

12 November 2016 - Michigan Hall of Justice

Check out our page for the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 15 May 2015 visit!

03 October 2016 - Meyer May House

On 26 April 2015 we visited the Meyer May House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This house in Grand Rapids' Heritage Hill neighborhood was completed in 1909. Designed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright, it is perhaps the finest example of Wright's Prairie School architecture in Michigan.

01 October 2016 - Kosciusko County Courthouse

On 19 April 2015 we visited the Kosciusko County Courthouse in Warsaw, Indiana. This 1882 courthouse was designed by T. J. Tolan and built of Indiana limestone. The courthouse is a great example of Second Empire architecture and is part of Warsaw's Courthouse Square Historic District.

11 September 2016 - Menno-Hof

On 18 April 2015 we visited Menno-Hof in LaGrange County, Indiana (just west of Shipshewana). Menno-Hof opened in 1988 an a museum and interpretive center to tell the history of the Amish and Mennonite community.

10 September 2016 - Historic Fort Wayne

On 18 April 2015 we visited Historic Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This reconstruction of the historic 1815 American fort on the then western fringe of the nation was built in 1976. The original fort was only in operation for three years, as the nation was expanding so quickly westward. Today the reconstructed fort is located near the original site and hosts re-enactments and history displays.

26 August 2016 - Crown Hill Cemetery

On 12 April 2015 we visited Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. This cemetery was established in 1863 at the highest elevation in the City of Indianapolis. The 555-acre cemetery serves as the final resting place for President Benjamin Harrison, three U. S. vice presidents, poet James Whitcomb Riley and bank robber John Dillinger (as well as over 200,000 others). Crown Hill is the third-largest non-governmental cemetery in the United States.

24 August 2016 - Weisenberger Mill

On 11 April 2015 we visited Weisenberger Mill in Scott County, Kentucky (just southeast of Midway). This mill along the South Elkhorn Creek has been operated by the Weisenberger family since 1865. 

23 August 2016 - Switzer Covered Bridge

On 11 April 2015 we visited the Switzer Covered Bridge in Franklin County, Kentucky (just northeast of Frankfort). Originally built in 1855, this covered bridge over North Elkhorn Creek was restored in 1997 after a flood swept it from its foundation.

22 August 2016 - Old State Capitol

ON 11 April 2015 we visited the Old State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. This building was the third capitol of Kentucky and served from 1830 to 1910. Designed by Gideon Shryock in the Greek Revival style, the windowless facade was modeled after the Temple of Minerva Polias in Greece.

19 August 2016 - Kentucky State Capitol

On 10-11 April 2015 we visited the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. The Beaux-Arts building designed by Frank Mills Andrews and was dedicated in 1910. Today the Capitol houses all three branches of the state government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

17 August 2016 - Frankfort Cemetery

On 10 April 2015 we visited the Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky. On land first purchased in 1845, the cemetery sits on a bluff overlooking the Kentucky River and the Kentucky State Capitol. Today the cemetery contains about 100 acres of land and the graves of frontiersman Daniel Boone and Martin Van Buren's vice president, Richard M. Johnson.

16 August 2016 - Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 4

On 10 April 2015 we visited Kentucky River Lock and Dam No. 4 in Frankfort, Kentucky. This dam is located 65 miles from the mouth of the Kentucky River, where it spills into the Ohio River. The original lock and dam dates back to 1840 and with improvements is still in use today.

15 August 2016 - Buffalo Trace Distillery

On 10 April 2015 we visited Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Kentucky (just north of Frankfort). Distilling began on the site as early as 1775, but records indicate the first distillery was completed in 1812. Throughout the years the distillery changed hands several times and is now owned by the Sazerac Company, the parent comany of BUffalo Trace. Today the distillery has an estimated production capacity of about 10 million liters of whiskey each year and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

12 August 2016 - Shelby County Courthouse

On 10 April 2015 we visited the Shelby County Courthouse in Shelbyville, Kentucky. This Beaux-Arts courthouse was designed by Louisville architects Joseph& Joseph and completed in 1912.

11 August 2016 - Jeffersonville Riverfront

Check out our page for the Jeffersonville Riverfront in Jeffersonville, Indiana. We just added some photos of our 10 April 2015 visit for sunrise with the Louisville skyline!

11 August 2016 - Zachary Taylor National Cemetery

Check out our page for the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. We just added some photos from our 10 April 2015 visit!

10 August 2016 - Saint Joseph Catholic Church

On 05 April 2015 we attended Easter service at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. This Late Gothic Revival church was designed by Donaldson and Meier for the German Catholic parish near Detroit's Eastern Market. The structure was dedicated in 1873 and still serves worshipers today as part of the clustered Mother of Divine Mercy parish.

09 August 2016 - David Whitney Building

On 04 April 2015 we visited the David Whitney Building in Detroit, Michigan. This wedge-shaped building rises 19 floors above Grand Circus Park in Downtown Detroit. Completed in 1915, the building was named after Detroit lumber baron David Whitney, Jr. The building completed a renovation in 2014 that brought the tenancy of Aloft Hotel and ten floors of high-end apartment units.

08 August 2016 - Downtown Kalamazoo

On 28 March 2015 we visited Downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. First incorporated in 1843, Kalamazoo has become one of Michigan's largest cities, with a population of nearly 75,000. The city is home to Western Michigan University and Bell's Brewery, the state's largest brewery.

08 August 2016 - Midtown Detroit

Check out our page for Midtown Detroit, Michigan. We just aded some photos from our 14 March 2015 visit to check on the installation of the new M-1 Rail!

28 July 2016 - Holland State Park

Check out our page for Holland State Park in Ottawa County, Michigan (just west of Holland). We just added some photos from our 27 February 2015 visit.

28 July 2016 - August 2016 Road Trip

Today we are heading out on our (July and) August 2016 Road Trip to northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We plan to be out for ten days, with our main stops to be Door Peninsula and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Check back on Monday, 08 August 2016 as we continue our posts!

27 July 2016 - Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse in Manistee, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 21 February 2015 visit!

27 July 2016 - Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse in Ludington, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 21 February 2015 visit!

26 July 2016 - Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse in Grand Haven, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 30 January 2015 visit!

26 July 2016 - Saint Joseph North Pier Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Saint Joseph North Pier Lighthouse in Saint Joseph, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 07 February 2015 visit!

25 July 2016 - 2015 North American International Auto Show

On 24 January 2015 we attended the 2015 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Held annually since 1907 (except several years surrounding World War II), thic iconic Detroit automotive event attracts visitors from around the world.

22 July 2016 - 2015 Tip Up Town USA

On 17 January 2015 we went to the 2015 Tip Up Town USA festival in Roscommon County, Michigan. This popular winter festival in Northern Michigan draws crowds for its parade, ice fishing, snowmobile racing and fireworks.

21 July 2016 - 2015 Detroit New Years' 'D' Drop

On 31 December 2014 - 01 January 2015 we attended the New Years' 'D' Drop in Detroit, Michigan. The fifth annual 'D' Drop took place along Cadillac Square, near Campus Martius. 2015 turned out to be another fantastic year of photography and exploration for us. Stay tuned to see our updates as we race to work on our backlog of photos from last year!

17 July 2016 - Eagle Avenue Viaduct

On 27 December 2014 we visited the Eagle Avenue Viaduct in Cleveland, Ohio.  This lift bridge across the Cuyahoga River was completed in 1928. Today it sits abandoned in the raised position.

16 July 2016 - Center Street Brigde

On 27 December 2014 we visited the Center Street Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. This swing bridge over the Cuyahoga River was built in 1901 and is one of only two remaining in the state.

16 July 2016 - Columbus Road Lift Bridge

Check out our page for the Columbus Road Lift Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. We just added some photos from our 27 December 2014 visit!

15 July 2016 - B&O Cuyahoga Bridge #463

On 27 December 2014 we visited the B&O Cuyahoga River Bridge #463 in Cleveland, Ohio. This now-defunct railroad bridge sits alongside the Cuyahoga River in a vertical 'open' position. The jackknife-style bascule bridge was built by the American Bridge Company in 1956 for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

15 July 2016 - Heritage Park

Check out our page for Heritage Park in Cleveland, Ohio. We just added some photos from our 27 December 2014 visit!

14 July 2016 - Edgewater Park

On 27 December 2014 we visited Edgewater Park in Cleveland, Ohio. This lakefront park first opened in 1895 and is now part of the Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation. The park offers swimming, fishing and a nice place to view Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline.

14 July 2016 - Ohio City (Cleveland)

On 26 December 2014 we visited the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. This west side neighborhood of Cleveland was incorporated in 1836 and was annexed by Cleveland in 1854. Today, Ohio City is the center of a bustling community centered around the famous West Side Market that is home to numerous restaurants and craft breweries.

13 July 2016 - CPA Building

On 27 November 2014 we visited the CPA Building in Detroit, Michigan. This six-story building across Michigan Avenue from the famed Michigan Central Station was designed by Alvin E. Harley and completed in 1923. The building was originally built for the Conductors Protective Association, an insurance company that catered to railroad workers. The building has sat empty for at least the last decade.

12 July 2016 - 2014 America's Thanksgiving Parade

ON 27 November 2014 we attended the 2014 America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, Michigan. The 88th annual Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit is one of the largest in the nation.

08 July 2016 - Adler Planetarium

On 09 November 2014 we visited the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. This museum dedicated to astronomy and astrophysics opened in 1930 and is named for Chicago business leader Max Adler. The Adler was the first planetarium in the United States.

07 July 2016 - Old Alabastine Mine

On 08 November 2014 we visited the Old Alabastine Mine in Wyoming, Michigan. Originally dug by hand in 1907, this gypsum mine lies over eighty feet below the surface. The gypsum from this mine was used to make plaster until it closed in the 1950s. Since 1957, the mine has been operated by Michigan Natural Storage Company as a storage facility. This mine does not offer tours but it is occassionally accessible when organized through geology education classes.

06 July 2016 - 2014 ArtPrize

On 10 October and 12 October 2014 we visited the 2014 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was the sixth annual ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. ArtPrize is a public-juried international art competition where artists compete to win the top prizes of $200,000.

06 July 2016 - Mission Point Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Mission Point Lighthouse in Grand Traverse County, Michigan (just north of Traverse City). We just added some photos from our 11 October 2014 visit!

05 July 2016 - Downtown Grand Rapids

Chck out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 13 September and 10 Ocotber 2014 visits!

05 July 2016 - Cathedral of Saint Andrew

Check out our page for the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 10 October 2014 visit!

03 July 2016 - P. J. Hoffmaster State Park

On 13 September 2014 we visited P. J. Hoffmaster State Park in Norton Shores, Michigan. This 1,100-acre park has over ten miles of hiking trails and three miles of Lake Michigan beachfront.

01 July 2016 - 2014 Mackinac Bridge Walk

On 01 September 2014 we participated in the Mackinac Bridge Walk from Mackinac County, Michigan to Mackinaw City, Michigan. This was the 57th annual Bridge Walk across the Mackinac Bridge. This is the only time pedestrians can cross directly between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

30 June 2016 - Lake Superior State Forest (Chippewa County)

On 31 August 2014 we visited the Lake Superior State Forest in Chippewa County, Michigan (just east of De Tour Village). This state forest area is located in the eastern region of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The area we visited was concentrated on Drummond Island's Reynolds Bay and Poe Point area. The limstone along the north shore of the island is noted for its fossil beds as well as trails for off-road enthusiasts.

24 June 2016 - Maxton Plains Preserve

On 31 August 2014 we visited the Maxton Plains Preserve in Chippewa County, Michigan (just east of De Tour Village). This is a rare example of an alvar grassland ecosystem protected by The Nature Conservancy at the northern end of Drummond Island. This park has grown to over 1,200 acres since its first protection in 1984.

23 June 2016 - Drummond Island Ferry

On 31 August 2014 we visited the Drummond Island Ferry between De Tour Village, Michigan and nearby Drumond Island. We traveled across the mouth of the Saint Mary's River, where it empties into Lake Huron, on the Drummond Islander IV car ferry. At 148-feet in length and a capacity of 32 vehicles, this is the largest ferry operating to Drummond Island from Michigan's mainland.

22 June 2016 - Chippewa County Courthouse

On 31 August 2014 we visited the Chippewa County Courthouse in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. This 1877 courthouse was designed in the Second Empire style architect John Scott. The building stands on the grounds of a Baptist mission that was founded by Reverend Abel Bingham in the 1820s.

06 March 2016 - Saint Mary's Falls Canal

On 30 August 2014 we visited the Saint Mary's Falls Canal in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Better known as the Soo Locks, this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers site allows boats to travel the Saint Mary's River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron, a 21-foot elevation difference. The original locks were completed in 1855 but have since been updated and expanded. Today the locks raise and lower about 10,000 ships per year.

25 February 2016 - Antrim County Courthouse

On 29 August 2014 we visited the Antrim County Courthouse in Bellaire, Michigan. This Late Victorian courthouse was completed in 1905 at a cost of about $30,000. Due to lack of funds, it was completed without a clock in its tower, which was added after a fundraising effort in 1922. The building still serves the judicial functions it was built to house over one hundred ten years ago.

10 February 2016 - Eastown Theatre

Check out our page for the Eastown Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 16 August 2014 visit during the scrapper demolition of the building. At this point, the balcony and most of the roof had collapsed. The final, official phase of its demolition was completed just this past Fall.

07 February 2016 - Downtown Detroit

Check out our page for Downtown Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 16 August 2014 visit that documents the early construction of the M1 Rail along Woodward Avenue.

02 January 2016 - Ecumenical Theological Seminary

Happy New Year! Our first 2016 post documents our 16 August 2014 visit to the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. This religious educational institution was founded in 1980, and it calls the old First Presbyterian Church its home. The building was completed in 1889 and designed by George D. Mason and Zachariah Rice after Boston's Trinity Church. 

28 December 2015 - Fordson High School

On 16 August 2014 we visited Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan. This Dearborn Public Schools secondary school was completed in 1928 and named for the Village of Fordson (within which it was located before it was annexed by Dearborn). The building was designed in the Collegiate Gothic style and is faced with granite and Briar Hill sandstone trim.

13 December 2015 - Hillsdale County Courthouse

On 15 August 2014 we visited the Hillsdale County Courthouse in Hillsdale, Michigan. This Renaissance Revival courthouse was designed by Claire Allen and was dedicated in 1899. The yellow sandstone building is topped with a copper cupola and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

05 December 2015 - Old Eaton County Courthouse

On 15 August 2014 we visited the Old Eaton County Courthouse in Charlotte, Michigan. This 1885 courthouse is no longer in use but it is maintained as a museum by the Courthouse Square Association.

25 October 2015 - Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse in Grand Haven, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 14 August 2014 visit.

24 October 2015 - Barry County Courthouse

On 14 August 2014 we visited the Barry County Courthouse in Hastings, Michigan. This 1892 courthouse was designed by Albert E. French and is a combination of Late Victorian, Queen Anne, and Richardsonian Romanesque styles.

27 September 2015 - Tahquamenon Falls State Park

On 09 August 2014 we visited Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Luce and Chippewa County, Michigan (just northeast of Newberry). This park is Michigan's second largest state park at just over 46,000 acres. The park is named for the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls along the Tahquamenon River, the largest in the state and the third largest east of the Mississippi RIver (by average volume).

20 September 2015 - Crisp Point Lighthouse

On 08 August 2014 we visited the Crisp Point Lighthouse in Luce County, Michigan (just northeast of Newberry). This Lake Superior Lighthouse was first lit in 1904 as part of the U.S. Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes. The light was decommissioned in 1947 but is still maintained as a museum.

18 September 2015 - Point Iroquois Lighthouse

On 08 August 2014 we visited the Point Iroquois Lighthouse in Chippewa County, Michigan (just west of Sault Sainte Marie). This Lake Superior lighthouse was completed in 1870 and guides ships into the nearby Saint Mary's River and the Soo Locks. Today it is part of the Hiawatha National Forest and houses a maritime museum.

09 September 2015 - Brewster - Douglass Housing Projects

Check out our page for the Brewster - Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 25 July 2014 visit during the demolition of the Frederick Douglass Apartment towers.

04 September 2015 - Miss Liberty

Check out our page for Miss Liberty in Onaway, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 19 July 2014 visit.

31 August 2015 - John Ball Zoological Garden

Check out our page for the John Ball Zoological Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 18 July 2014 visit.

30 August 2015 - Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

On 12 July 2014 we visited the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago, Illinois. This Gothic Revival chapel was funded by co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, John D. Rockefeller. The chapel was built to serve the University of Chicago, which Rockefeller also founded. The structure was designed by Bertram Goodgue and was completed in 1928. It houses the second largest carillon in the world (by mass), which was donated by John Rockefeller, Jr. in memory of his mother.

28 August 2015 - Inscription Rock State Memorial

On 05 July 2014 we visited the Inscription Rock State Memorial in Kelleys Island, Ohio. This 32x21-foot limestone rock on the island's southern shore is known for its pictographs. Historians believe these markings were used by native americans to pass on information about hunting and their own movement. The pictographs are believed to date from the mid-1600s.

26 August 2015 - Glacial Grooves Geological Preserve

On 05 July 2014 we visited the Glacial Grooves Geological Preserve in Kelleys Island, Ohio. Located on the largest U.S. island in Lake Erie, this 400-foot-long structure is the longest exposed glacial grooves in the world. These grooves show historical and geological insight into the glacial formation of the Great Lakes.

25 August 2015 - Detroit River

On 04 July 2014 we visited the Detroit River spanning the international border between Wayne County, Michigan and Essex County, Ontario. The 28-mile river connects Lake Saint Clair in the north to Lake Erie in the south. This stretch of the Great Lakes system is a busy transportation route for ship traffic as well as a haven for recreational boaters.

24 August 2015 - Ohio Statehouse

Check out our page for the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. We just added some photos from our 02 July 2014 visit.

21 August 2015 - Lower Scioto Twin Bridges

On 01 July 2014 we visited the Lower Scioto Twin Bridges in Columbus, Ohio. These twin spans carry Conrail and CSX tracks over the Scioto River just south of Downtown. Historic information on these spans are sparse, but it appears that both of the current bridges were likely built between 1910 and 1920. Though still active, these bridges provide great views of the Columbus skyline.

19 August 2015 - Legend of the Mothman

On 01 July 2014 we visited Legend of the Mothman by Bob Roach in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. This stainless steel statue of West Virginia's legendary Mothman was unveiled in 2003. The Mothman story was popularized by John Keel's 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies and the 2002 film of the same name.

18 August 2015 - University of Charleston

On 28 June and 01 July 2014 we visited the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia. U of C is a private university originally founded as the Barboursville Seminary of the Southern Methodist Church in 1888. In 1901 it was renamed Morris Harvey College and took on its current name in 1978. Currently, the institution serves over 2,000 students in both graduate and undergraduate programs. Its main campus location on the Kanawha River allows for beautiful photos of the nearby West Virginia State Capitol.

07 August 2015 - August 2015 Road Trip

Today we are heading out on our August 2015 Road Trip. Our intended destinations include Sault Sainte Marie and a loop around Lake Huron, including Manitoulin Island. We will be gone for just over a week ao there is no knowing how weather may affect our plans. Hopefully we will not be forced to make backup plans on the fly. Check back on Monday, 17 August 2015 for our next post!

06 August 2015 - West Virginia State Capitol

On 27 June and 01 July 2014 we visited the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia. The seat of West Virginia's state government was designed by Cass Gilbert and dedicated in 1932. At 292 feet, it is also the tallest building in West Virginia.

05 August 2015 - London Locks and Dam

On 01 July 2014 we visited the London Locks and Dam in Kanawha County, West Virginia (just north of Handley). The London Locks and Dam are located along the Kanawha River and were completed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1934. 

04 August 2015 - New River Gorge Bridge

On 28 June - 01 July 2014 we visited the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia (just northeast of Fayetteville). The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel arch bridge that carries US19 over the New River, which flows 876 feet below the roadway. When completed in 1977, the 3,030-foot long bridge was the world's longest steel single-span arch bridge; today it is the fourth longest bridge of that type.

31 July 2015 - New River Gorge National River (Fayette County)

On 30 June - 01 July 2014 we visited the New River Gorge National River in Fayette County, West Virginia (just northeast of Fayetteville). This photo set includes our photos from Thurmond and Fayette Station.

30 July 2015 - New River Gorge National River (Raleigh County)

On 30 June 2014 we visited the New River Gorge National River in Raleigh County, West Virginia (just southeast of Mount Hope). This photo set includes our stop at Grandview, the Castle Rock Trail, and the Turkey Spur Overlook.

29 July 2015 - New River Gorge National River (Raleigh County)

On 30 June 2014 we visited the New River Gorge National River in Raleigh County, West Virginia (just north of Hinton). Sandstone Falls marks the point where the New River changes from a broad river of large bottomlands to a narrow mountain river. The falls are approximately 1,500 feet wide and up to 25 feet tall.

28 July 2015 - New River Gorge National River (Fayette County)

On 29 June 2015 we visited the New River Gorge National River in Fayette County, West Virginia (just east of Fayetteville). We hiked the Nuttallburg trails through the ruins of Nuttallburg, a coal mining operation and company town. Coal mining in Nuttallburg took place from the 1870s through 1958. Nuttallburg was transferred to the National Park Service in 1998 and the ruins are now protected, documenting a chapter of the New River Gorge's industrial history.

27 July 2015 - Babcock State Park

On 29 June 2014 we visited Babcock State Park in Fayette County, West Virginia (just southeast of Fayetteville). This 4,127-acre park was established along the Glade and Manns Creeks in 1934. Today the park is best known for the 1976 re-creation of the original Cooper's Mill that was located nearby. The replica was built using timber from three other West Virginia mills.

24 July 2015 - New River Gorge National River (Fayette County)

On 29 June 2014 we visited the New River Gorge National River in Fayette County, West Virginia (just east of Fayetteville). On this multiple-day adventure we visited several sections of the park, which protects a 53-mile stretch of the New River. The park was established in 1978 and contains some of the best rock climbing and whitewater rafting in the eastern United States. This photo set is from our hike along the Endless Wall trail. Check back throughout the next week to see more photos from the New River Gorge.

23 July 2015 - Hawks Nest State Park

On 28 June 2014 we visited Hawks Nest State Park in Fayette County, West Virginia (just southwest of Ansted). This park along the New River was established in 1935. The park features a 31-room lodge, restaurant, aerial tramway, several miles of trails, waterfalls and scenic overlooks of the New River from atop Gauley Mountain.

22 July 2015 - Cathedral Falls

On 28 June 2014 we visited Cathedral Falls in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. This 100-foot waterfall on Cane Branch descends Gauley Mountain towards the New River. The falls are easily accessed by a small roadside park along the Midland Trail (US 60).

17 July 2015 - July 2015 Road Trip

Today we are heading out on our July 2015 Road Trip to Niagara Falls, New York. If weather cooperates we should be coming back with our first pictures of the iconic waterfalls. If weather is less than desirable, we have a backup trip in mind. Check back next week as our posts should continue Wednesday.

16 July 2015 - Kanawha Falls

On 28 June 2014 we visited Kanawha Falls in Fayette County, West Virginia (just south of Gauley Bridge). This wide waterfalls spans the entire Kanawha River, reaching a maximum heights of about fifteen feet. Along the west end of the falls sits the Glen Ferris Hydroelectric Plant, which was built in 1899 and was recently refurbished.

15 July 2015 - Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

On 27 June 2014 we visited Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park in Wood County, West Virginia (just west of Parkersburg). This Ohio RIver island state park was purchased, in part, by Harman Blennerhassett in 1796. There, he built an impressive Palladian mansion, where he lived until 1806 when he fled from the Virginia militia on charges of treason. The Blennerhassett mansion burned in 1811 but a detailed reconstruction has been built on its foundation.

14 July 2015 - Muskingum River Lock and Dam #6

On 27 June 2014 we visited the Muskingum River Lock and Dam #6 in Morgan County, Ohio (just east of Stockport). This lock is part of a system of locks, originally completed in 1841, linking the Great Lakes with the Ohio River Valley.

13 July 2015 - Stockport Mill Inn

On 27 June 2014 we visited the Stockport Mill Inn in Stockport, Ohio. This 1906 mill building is the last remaining on the Muskingum River. Though milling operations ceased in 1997, the mill re-opened as an inn and restaurant in 2000.

12 July 2015 - Y-Bridge

On 27 June 2014 we visited the Y-Bridge in Zanesville, Ohio. This famed three-way bridge spans the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. The current Y-Bridge replaced several earlier Y-Bridges that were damaged by floods and was opened to traffic in 1984.

09 July 2015 - 2014 Detroit Ford Fireworks

On 23 June 2014 we attended the 2014 Detroit Ford Fireworks display in Detroit, Michigan. We viewed the 56th annual international fireworks display from Detroit's island park, Belle Isle.

09 July 2015 - Belle Isle Park

Check out our page for Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 23 June 2014 visit.

07 July 2015 - Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

On 22 June 2014 we visited the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron, Michigan. This Lake Huron lighthouse marks the entrance to the Saint Clair River. It was completed in 1829, replacing an older, damaged, tower. Today it is still operational and is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Michigan.

04 July 2015 - Croswell Swinging Bridge

On 22 June 2014 we visited the Corswell Swinging Bridge in Croswell, Michigan. This suspension footbridge is located in Riverbend Park and allows pedestrians to cross the Black River. The bridge was completed in 1905, though much of it has been replaced since then. The north end of the bridge features a sign that reads "Be Good to Your Mother-in-Law."

03 July 2015 - Port Sanilac Lighthouse

On 22 June 2014 we visited the Port Sanilac Lighthouse in Port Sanilac, Michigan. This Lake Huron lighthouse was built in 1886 and, though still operational, is now a private residence.

02 July 2015 - Harding Memorial

On 31 May 2014 we visited the Harding Memorial in Marion, Ohio. The memorial is a circular monument of white Georgia marble with 46 columns designed by Henry Hornbostel and Eric F. Wood and completed in 1927. The memorial houses the gravesites of President Warren G. Harding and First Lady Florence Harding.

01 July 2015 - North Lewisburg Covered Bridge

On 31 May 2014 we visited the North Lewisburg Covered Bridge in Union County, Ohio (just northeast of North Lewisburg). This modified Pratt truss bridge was built in 2006 over Big Darby Creek. The bridge replaced the Pottersburg Covered Bridge which was moved from this location to a nearby multi-use trial.

26 June 2015 - Pottersburg Covered Bridge

On 31 May 2014 we visited Pottersburg Covered Bridge in Union County, Ohio (just northeast of North Lewisburg). Pottersburg Covered Bridge was built in 1868 by Reuben Partridge over Big Darby Creek. In 2006 the bridge was replaced by a new span and the Pottersburg Bridge was moved down the road to its present location along a multi-use trail. We have mostly recovered from a computer issue that has prevented us from continuing our regular posting schedule. Though we have many outings planned this summer that will keep us from posting new photos, we expect to resume regular uploads next week. Stay tuned!

09 April 2015 - Spain Creek Covered Bridge

On 31 May 2014 we visited the Spain Creek Covered Bridge in Union County, Ohio (just east of North Lewisburg). This Partridge through truss covered bridge over Spain Creek was built by Reuben Partridge and opened to traffic in 1870.

07 April 2015 - Warnke Covered Bridge

On 30 May 2014 we visited Warnke Covered Bridge in Preble County, Ohio (just northeast of Lewisburg). This 51-foot span over Swamp Creek was built in 1895 by Everett S. Sherman; the last bridge he completed before his death.

03 April 2015 - Geeting Covered Bridge

On 30 May 2014 we visited the Geeting Covered Bridge in Preble County, Ohio (just west of Lewisburg). This covered bridge was completed in 1894 and built by Everett S. Sherman. The 100-foot bridge spanning Price Creek was named for local landowner Dave Geeting.

08 February 2015 - Bear's Mill

On 30 May 2014 we visited Bear's Mill in Darke County, Ohio (just east of Greenville). In operation since 1849, this historic gristmill is located along Greenville Creek and houses a small milling museum and gift shop.

02 February 2015 - Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

On 30 May 2014 we visited Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville, Ohio. This church was built in 1885 to serve the German Catholic residents of rural Ottoville.

01 February 2015 - Putnam County Courthouse

On 30 May 2014 we visited the Putnam County Courthouse in Ottawa, Ohio. This courthouse was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Columbus architect Frank Packard. The building was completed in 1912.

31 January 2015 - Downtown Milwaukee

Check out our page for Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We just added some photos from our 24 May 2014 visit.

29 January 2015 - Estabrook Park

On 24 May 2015 we visited Estabrook Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This park along the Milwaukee River has portions in Milwaukee and the adjacent cities of Glendale and Shorewood. The park is known for the Estabrook Falls and the recently-opened Beer Garden.

19 January 2015 - Veldheer's Tulip Garden

On 18 May 2014 we visited Veldheer's Tulip Garden in Ottawa County, Michigan (just north of Holland). What began in 1950 as a small tulip garden planted by Vern Veldheer has become Holland's only tulip farm perennial garden. With over five million flowers, visitors come every year during Tulip Time to enjoy the colors and choose bulbs to bring home.

18 January 2015 - LaPorte County Courthouse

On 17 May 2014 we visited the LaPorte County Courthouse in LaPorte, Indiana. This courthouse was completed in 1894 and designed by Indiana architect, Brentwood S. Tolan. The Lake Superior red sandstone building was built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and dominates the downtown district of LaPorte.

11 January 2015 - Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park

On 17 May 2014 we visited Historic Fort Ouiatenon Park in Tippecanoe County, Indiana (just southwest of West Lafayette). This park is located along the Wabash River near the site of the original French outpost, Fort Ouiatenon. Today the park features a replica blockhouse built in 1930, though its construction style does not match the original French fort.

10 January 2015 - Dayton Cemetery

On 17 May 2014 we visited Dayton Cemetery in Tippecanoe County, Indiana (just east of Dayton). This small cemetery dates back to 1840 and is probably best known as the final resting place of Blind Melon singer Richard Shannon Hoon.

09 January 2015 - Tippecanoe Battlefield Park

On 16 May 2014 we visited Tippecanoe Battlefield Park in Battle Ground, Indiana. The centerpiece of this historic park is an 85-foot tall marble obelisk dedicaed to General William Henry Harrison and his troops for their victory in the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe. On this site, Harrison and his men defeated Tecumseh's men in an effort to expand into Indian Territory. Harrison became famous for his nickname 'Tippecanoe' and this notoriety helped him get elected to the Presidency in 1840.

23 December 2014 - December 2014 Road Trip

Today we are embarking on our December 2014 Road Trip to Detroit, Michigan. We intend to spend the holiday in Detroit and take a quick weekend trip to a yet-to-be-determined destination. Check back on Monday for our next post. Happy Holidays!

22 December 2014 - Ancilla Domini Chapel

We are back after a three-month hiatus of posting photos. Though updates were not being made, we were still busy taking more photos to share. For this post, we continue along on our Indiana trip by sharing these photos from our 16 May 2014 visit to the Ancilla Domini Chapel in Marshall County, Indiana (just west of Plymouth). This chapel was dedicated in 1923 and is housed inside the Motherhouse of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ on the Ancilla College campus.

14 September 2014 - Chief Menominee Monument

On 16 May 2014 we visited the Chief Menominee Monument in Marshall County, Indiana (just southwest of Plymouth). This memorial to the Potawatomi leader Chief Menominee was built in 1909 to commemorate the forced removal of the tribe from Indiana in 1838.

02 September 2014 - First Unitarian Church (Detroit)

On 10 May 2014 we visited First Unitarian Church in Detroit, Michigan. Over the previous night, arsonists set fire to the long-abandoned 1890 church. During our visit the fire department was finishing up and some emergency demolition took place. 

28 August 2014 - August 2014 Road Trip #2

Tomorrow we are heading out for our second August 2014 Road Trip. We will be exploring Michigan's Upper Peninsula, including Drummond Island and the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk. Check back Tuesday for our next update!

27 August 2014 - Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

Check out our page for the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 10 May 2014 visit during the demolition of Tower 305.

26 August 2014 - Saint Josaphat Catholic Church

Check out our page for Saint Josaphat Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 10 May 2014 visit to check on the repair of their storm-damaged steeple.

21 August 2014 - Short's Brewery 10th Anniversary

On 26 April 2014 we attended the Short's Brewery 10th Anniversary event in Bellaire, Michigan. Ten years earlier, to the day, Short's Brewery opened up its Bellaire brewpub and business has boomed ever since. Now capable of brewing over 30,000 barrels of beer a year, Short's is one of the largest craft breweries in the state.

20 August 2014 - Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area

On 26 April 2014 we visited the Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area in Antrim County, Michigan (just west of Bellaire). This natrual area is part of a 763-acre parkland managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.

19 August 2014 - Fort Street Presbyterian Church (Part Two)

Check out our page for Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just finished uploading our photo set from our 20 April 2014 visit for Easter service.

18 August 2014 - Fort Street Presbyterian Church (Part One)

Check out our page for Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded the first set of photos from our 20 April 2014 visit during Easter service.

17 August 2014 - Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

Check out our page for the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos of the complex's demolition from our 18 April 2014 visit.

14 August 2014 - Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church

Check out our page for Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 08 April 2014 visit.

13 August 2014 - Saint Aloysius Catholic Church

On 08 April 2014 we visited Saint Aloysius Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. Built in 1930 on the west side of Downtown Detroit, Saint Aloysius is notable for its use of tiered seating in the sanctuary as well as numerous mosaics.

07 August 2014 - August 2014 Road Trip

Today we are heading to Northern Michigan for our August 2014 Road Trip. We will be visiting Whitefish Point and the Tahquamenon Falls area before returning next week. Check back on Wednesday for our next post!

06 August 2014 - America's Packard Museum

On 07 April 2014 we visited America's Packard Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Opened in 1992, this automotive museum is housed in an old Packard dealership and displays over 50 vehicles.

05 August 2014 - Falls of the Ohio State Park

On 05-06 April 2014 we visited Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana. This park along the Ohio River across from Louisville, Kentucky was the site where Lewis and Clark met for their famous expedition. The primary attraction at this park are the exposed limestone fossil beds along the riverbank.

04 August 2014 - George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge

On 06 April 2014 we visited the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge in Louisville, Kentucky. This four lane bridge carries US31 over the Ohio River and opened to traffic in 1929. The bridge connects Louisville, Kentucky to Jeffersonville, Indiana.

01 August 2014 - Louisville Zoological Gardens (Part Two)

Check out our page for the Louisville Zoological Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky. We just finished uploading the photo set from our 06 April 2014 visit.

31 July 2014 - Louisville Zoological Gardens (Part One)

On 06 April 2014 we visited the Louisville Zoological Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky. This 134 acre zoo was founded in 1969 and is home to more than 1,700 animals. Check back tomorrow for the second half of our photo set for this location.

30 July 2014 - Walnut Street Baptist Church

On 06 April 2014 we visited Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The current building in the Old Louisville neighborhood was completed in 1902.

29 July 2014 - Jeffersonville Riverfront

On 05-06 April 2024 we visited the Jeffersonville Riverfront in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The county seat of Clark County, Jeffersonville is more known for its location across the Ohio River from Louisville.

28 July 2014 - McAlpine Locks and Dam

On 05 April 2014 we visited the McAlpine Locks and Dam in Louisville, Kentucky. The locks and hydroelectric dam on the Ohio River are located at the Falls of the Ohio and control a nearly 73 mile navigation pool. This was the first major engineering project on the Ohio River and the site dates back to 1830.

25 July 2014 - Cave Hill Cemetery (Part Two)

Check out our page for Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. This uploaded completes the photo set from our 04-05 April 2014 visit.

24 July 2014 - Cave Hill Cemetery (Part One)

On 04-05 April 2014 we visited Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. Began in 1848 and measuring 296 acres, Cave Hill is the largest cemetery in Louisville. Perhaps the most famous interment is American military figure George Rogers Clark.

23 July 2014 - Louisville Water Tower

On 05 April 2014 we visited the Louisville Water Tower in Louisville, Kentucky. This National Historic Landmark is the oldest ornamental water tower in the world. It was completed along the Ohio River in 1860 and today houses both operating waterworks facilities and a waterworks museum.

22 July 2014 - Zachary Taylor National Cemetery

On 05 April 2014 we visited the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. This property became a national cemetery in 1926 on land previously owned by the Taylor family. President Zachary Taylor now rests in a mausoleum in this cemetery.

21 July 2014 - Saint Louis Bertrand Catholic Church

On 05 April 2014 we visited Saint Louis Bertrand Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky. This church under the care of the Dominican Friars has stood in the Old Louisville neighborhood since 1873.

17 July 2014 - Saint James Catholic Church (Louisville)

On 04 April 2014 we visited Saint James Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky. This church was designed by local Louisville architect J. J. Gaffney and was completed in 1913.

16 July 2014 - First Unitarian Church (Louisville)

On 04 April 2014 we visited First Unitarian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. This church was first built in 1871 but was badly damaged by fire in 1985. After the fire a new church was built around the remaining stone walls of the original building.

15 July 2014 - Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church

On 04 April 2014 we visited Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. This church was built in 1888 when two local parishes were combined. The current sanctuary was added to the original building in 1902.

14 July 2014 - Christ Church Cathedral (Louisville)

On 04 April 2014 we visited the Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville, Kentucky. Completed in 1824, the church is the oldest public building in Downtown Louisville. It has served as the Episcopal Cathedral since 1894.

11 July 2014 - First Congregational Church (Kalamazoo)

On 22 March 2014 we visited First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This church is the fourth building used by the congregation and has stood alongside Kalamazpp's Bronson Park since its completion in 1928.

10 July 2014 - First United Methodist Church (Kalamazoo)

On 22 March 2014 we visited First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This church was completed in 1929 and is the third church building for the congregation that held its first services in the home of Kalamazoo founder, Titus Bronson.

09 July 2014 - Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church

On 21 March 2014 we visited Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This church was completed in 1923 and served as a Polish parish on Grand Rapids' west side.

08 July 2014 - First Park Congregational Church

Check out our page for First Park Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 21 March 2014 trip.

07 July 2014 - Detroit Hope Hospital

On 15 March 2014 we visited the Detroit Hope Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. This hospital was completed in 1970 and it replaced the earlier Park Community Hospital built at the same site. The hospital closed in 2010 and has been heavily scrapped and is suffering from neglect.

26 June 2014 - June 2014 Road Trip

Today we are headed out on our June 2014 Road Trip to West Virginia. We plan on visiting some sites in Parkersburg, Charleston and the New River Gorge. This will be our largest Summer Road Trip of the year. Check back on 07 July 2014 for our next post!

25 June 2014 - Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

Check out our page for the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 15 March 2014 visit during the demolition of Tower 305.

24 June 2014 - Woodmere Cemetery

Check out our page for Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 01 March 2014 visit.

20 June 2014 - Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theater

On 01 March 2014 we visited the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In Theater in Dearborn, Michigan. One of the few remaining drive-in theaters in Michigan, the Ford-Wyoming features nine screens (soon downsizing to five) and has ran continuously since its opening in 1950.

19 June 2014 - Cannonsburg State Game Area

On 23 February 2014 we visited the Cannonsburg State Game Area in Kent County, Michigan (just northeast of Grand Rapids). Just over two square miles, this game area isa known locally for its cross-country ski trails.

18 June 2014 - Little Sable Point Lighthouse

On 22 February 2014 we visited Little Sable Point Lighthouse in Oceana County, Michigan (just west of Shelby). This Lake Michigan lighthouse rises 107 feet above the sandy beach and dates back to 1874.

17 June 2014 - Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse in Grand Haven, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 16 February 2014 visit.

16 June 2014 - Southwestern High School

Check out our page for Southwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 08 February 2014 visit.

12 June 2014 - Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

On 01 February 2014 we visited the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan, This museum opened in 2012 replacing the old Kresge Art Museum. The Broad is located on the campus of Michigan State University and houses a collection of about 7,500 pieces of art.

11 June 2014 - Michigan State University

On 01 February 2014 we visited Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 and became the nation's first land grant college. Today, MSU is the ninth largest university in the United States in terms of enrollment. 

10 June 2014 - Ingham County Courthouse

Check out our page for the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 01 February 2014 visit.

09 June 2014 - Michigan State Capitol Building

Check out our page for the Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 01 February 2014 visit.

08 June 2014 - Saint Mary Cathedral

On 01 February 2014 we visited Saint Mary Cathedral in Lansing, Michigan. Designed by E. A. Bond and completed in 1913, Saint Mary Church became the Catholic Cathedral when the Diocese of Lansing was formed in 1939.

05 June 2014 - Durant Park

On 01 February 2014 we visited Durant Park in Lansing, Michigan. This three-acre park was donated tot he city of Lansing by businessman William C. Durant in 1921. In 1924 the park's iconic Arch was built to honor Durant.

04 June 2014 - Michigan Hall of Justice

Check out our page for the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 01 February 2014 visit.

03 June 2014 - Saint Luke's Episcopal Church

On 28 January 2014 we visited Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This church was built in the 1880s and is the fourth Episcopal church building in Kalamazoo.

02 June 2014 - First Presbyterian Church

On 28 January 2014 we visited First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With its beginnings dating back to 1834, First Presbyterian is one of the oldest parishes in Michigan. The current building was completed in 1930 and is known for its large rose window overlooking Bronson Park.

01 June 2014 - Otsego City Dam

On 28 January 2014 we visited the Otsego City Dam in Otsego, Michigan. This dam across the Kalamazoo River was used to power a paper mill and is being considered for removal.

29 May 2014 - Midtown Detroit

Check out our page for Midtown Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 25 January 2014 visit.

28 May 2014 - 2014 North American International Auto Show

Check out our page for the 2014 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. We just completed our photo set from our 25 January 2014 visit.

27 May 2014 - 2014 North American International Auto Show (Part One)

On 25 January 2014 we attended the 2014 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Held annually since 1907 (except several years surrounding World War II), this iconic Detroit automotive event attracts visitors from around the world. Check back tomorrow as we complete our photo set from this location.

26 May 2014 - Rural Ionia County

On 20 January 2014 we visited an abandoned farm in Ionia County, Michigan (just southwest of Belding). This is one of our very few rural exploration photo sets but we hope to expand this category in the near future.

23 May 2014 - May 2014 Road Trip #2

Today we are leaving on our May 2014 Road Trip #2 to Wisconsin. We will be home on Memorial Day and will continue posting photos on Tuesday. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

22 May 2014 - White's Covered Bridge

Check out our page for White's Covered Bridge in Ionia County, Michigan (just southwest of Belding). We just added a photo from our 20 January 2014 visit.

21 May 2014 - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Check out our page for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County, Michigan (just south of Empire). We just added some photos from our 18 January 2014 visit.

20 May 2014 - Point Betsie Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Point Betsie Lighthouse in Benzie County, Michigan (just northeast of Frankfort). We just added some photos from our 18 January 2014 visit.

19 May 2014 - Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse in Frankfort, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 18 January 2014 visit.

14 May 2014 - Railroad Point Natural Area

On 18 January 2014 we visited Railroad Point Natural Area in Benzie County, Michigan (just northwest of Benzonia). Protected since 1996 by the Grand Traverse Regional Lake Conservancy, Railroad Point contains more than 200 acres of wetland and forest high above Crystal Lake.

13 May 2014 - Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Cemetery

Check out our page for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 05 January 2014 visit.

12 May 2014 - Ingham County Courthouse

On 03 January 2014 we visited the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason, Michigan. This 1904 courthouse was designed in the Beaux Arts style by Lansing architect Edwyn A. Bowd.

11 May 2014 - Hiland Lake Dam

On 03 January 2014 we visited the Hiland Lake Dam in Livingston County, Michigan (just southwest of Pinckney). This dam along the Portage River (known locally as Hell Creek) was built in 1983 to replace an earlier dam that had failed. The dam creates Hiland Lake, a residential recreational lake that is part of a larger chain.

09 May 2014 - Hell

On 03 January 2014 we visited Hell in Livingston County, Michigan (just southwest of Pinckney). This unincorporated community dates back to the 1840s when George Reeves developed the town alongside a sawmill on (what is today known as) Hell Creek. Tourists come from all around to have their photo taken in Hell and in our photos, you can see that Hell clearly does freeze over!

08 May 2014 - Downtown Detroit

Check out our page for Downtown Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 31 December 2013 - 02 January 2014 visits.

07 May 2014 - First Congregational Church

Check out our page for the First Congregational Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 02 January 2014 visit.

06 May 2014 - 2014 Detroit New Years' 'D' Drop

On 31 December 2013 - 01 January 2014 we attended the New Years' 'D' Drop in Detroit, Michigan. The fourth annual 'D' Drop took place atop the Qube adjacent to Campus Martius. It was a very cold night to ring in 2014 but here's hoping that the new year will provide many wonderful experiences and great photos. Stay tuned to see how 2014 has inspired us!

05 May 2014 - Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

Check out our page for the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 31 December 2013 visit to check on the demolition of Tower 105-A1.

04 May 2014 - Kronk Gym

On 31 December 2013 we visited the Kronk Gym in Detroit, Michigan. Opened shortly after World War I, the Kronk Gym gained fame in the late 1970s for the notable boxers who trained there. The gym has since relocated and the original building has been closed since 2006.

02 May 2014 - Southwest Detroit

Check out our page for Southwest Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 30-31 December 2013 visit.

01 May 2014 - Guardian Building

On 30 December 2013 we visited the Guardian Building in Detroit, Michigan. Completed in 1929 as the Union Trust Company Building, the Guardian has been known as the 'Cathedral of Finance.' Nearly 500 feet tall, the Guardian is Detroit's fourth tallest building (when counting the Renaissance Center as one). The building is also owned by, and serves as the headquarters for Wayne County.

30 April 2014 - PPG Place

On 26-29 December 2013 we visited PPG Place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Completed in 1984, this complex of six buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh is dominated by the 40-floor One PPG Place; it is the city's third tallest building. At the lower level, a plaza area is converted into an ice rink during winter months.

28 April 2014 - Downtown Pittsburgh

On 26-29 December 2013 we visited Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh is the second largest city in the State of Pennsylvania and lies at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. Named in 1758, Pittsburgh is one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains and is known for its rich steel-making heritage.

25 April 2014 - First Presbyterian Church

On 29 December 2013 we visited First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This 1903 building is the fourth to be built upon the current Downtown site. 

24 April 2014 - Trinity Church Burying Grounds

On 29 December 2013 we visited the Trinity Church Burying Ground in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This cemetery is nestled between two historic churches in the middle of Downtown Pittsburgh. The cemetery dates back to 1787 when the heirs of William Penn donated three lots to the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches for a burying ground.

23 April 2014 - Trinity Cathedral

Check out our page for Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We just uploaded some photos from our 29 December 2013 visit.

22 April 2014 - Beehive Coffeehouse

On 29 December 2013 we visited the Beehive Coffeehouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This popular Southside coffeehouse is known for delicious coffee, artisitc decor and bohemian atmosphere. Its a must-visit for any Pittsburgh traveler.

21 April 2014 - Southside (Pittsburgh)

On 27 December 2013 we visited the Southside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Located just across the Monongahela River from Downtown, the Southside community includes the area between the riverfront and Mount Washington.

20 April 2014 - Mount Washington (Pittsburgh)

Check out our page for Mount Washington in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We just added some photos from our 28-29 December 2013 visit.

16 April 2014 - Schenley Park

On 28 December 2013 we visited Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This 456-acre park on Pittsburgh's east side is the second largest in the city. Donated by Mary Schenley in 1889, Schenley Park has since been voted one of America's Coolest Parks by Travel + Leisure.

15 April 2014 - The Church Brew Works

On 28 December 2013 we visited The Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This Lawrenceville brewpub opened in 1996 inside the former 1902 Saint John the Baptist Catholc Church building. The beer is brewed where the altar used to stand and the restaurant still makes use of the church pews for seating.

14 April 2014 - Saint Augustine Catholic Church

On 28 December 2013 we visited Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally built for a German parish, this 1901 church now serves as the home of four combined parishes in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

02 April 2014 - April 2014 Road Trip

Tomorrow we are heading to Louisville, Kentucky for our April 2014 Road Trip. After we finish with that trip we will finish out the week in and around Detroit. Check back on Monday, April 14 for our next post!

01 April 2014 - East Liberty Presbyterian Church

On 26-28 December 2013 we visited East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This Ralph Adams Cran-designed church was completed in 1935. Its 300 foot tall tower dominates the East Liberty neighborhood on Pittsburgh's East Side.

31 March 2014 - Sacred Heart Catholic Church

On 27-28 December 2013 we visited Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This church was built over a large span of time, with the first services held in 1926 but unfinished until 1954 when the bell tower was dedicated.

30 March 2014 - Calvary Episcopal Church

On 28 December 2014 we visited Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Designed by noted architect Ralph Adams Cram, this church was completed in 1906 and was also the first church to have a radio broadcast of their services in 1921.

28 March 2014 - Saint Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church

On 28 December 2013 we visited Saint Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This Polich Cathedral-style church is a mix of Romanesue and Baroque architecture and was completed in 1892. In 1969 Cardinal Wojtyla (future Pope John Paul II) visited the church and a memorial to him can be found in the sanctuary.

26 March 2014 - Grandview Park

On 27-28 December 2013 we visited Grandview Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Converted to recreational use in 1897, this park high above the Monongahela River offers some of the most spectacular views of the Pittsburgh skyline.

25 March 2014 - Roberto Clemente Bridge

On 27-28 December 2013 we visited the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally the Sixth Street Bridge, this 1927 suspension bridge over the Allegheny River was named for Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player Roberto Clemente in 1998.

24 March 2014 - Smithfield Street Bridge

On 26-27 December 2013 we visited the Smithfield Street Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This bridge over the Monongahela River first opened to traffic in 1883. Today it connects Downtown Pittsburgh with the South Side near Station Square.

23 March 2014 - Point State Park

On 27 December 2013 we visited Point State Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This park is located at the tip of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle; the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. It is an amazing place to view the Pittsburgh skyline and enjoy the city's riverfront. It is also home to the remnants of Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne. 

20 March 2014 - Shadyside Presbyterian Church

On 26-27 December 2013 we visited Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This 1889 church is located in the eastern Pittsburgh neighborhood of Shadyside. 

19 March 2014 - Heinz Memorial Chapel

On 27 December 2013 we visited the Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Heinz Chapel was built by Henry J. Heinz as a memorial to his mother and opened in 1938. The structure is one of the most notable landmarks on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

18 March 2014 - Cathedral of Learning

On 27 December 2013 we visited the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This 535-foot University of Pittsburgh building opened in 1931. The Cathedral of Learning is the tallest educational building in the western hemisphere and the second tallest Gothic structure in the world. It is known for its grand study hall and its 29 nationality rooms (classrooms designed in themes from around the world).

17 March 2014 - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Branch

On 27 December 2013 we visited the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main Branch in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of many libraries funded by industrialist Andrew Carnie, this building in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood opened in 1895. The Main Branch serves as the center of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's 19 library system.

16 March 2014 - Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall

On 27 December 2013 we visited the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This 1910 Beaux-Arts style building is the largest memorial in the United States solely dedicated to honoring US military veterans and service personnel.

14 March 2014 - Saint Paul Cathedral

On 27 December 2013 we visited Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This twin-spired Gothic Revival cathedral in the Oakland neighborhood serves as the Cathedral church for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Although this structure ws completed in 1906, Saint Paul parish dates back to 1834 and has served as the cathedral since the Pittsburgh diocese was established.

13 March 2014 - West End-Elliott Overlook Park

On 26-27 December 2013 we visited West End-Elliott Overlook Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of Pittsburgh's best overlooks, West End-Elliott was a great place for consecutive sunset and sunrise photos during our stay in the Steel City.

12 March 2014 - Station Square

On 26 December 2013 we visited Station Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This indoor and outdoor shopping and entertainment complex along the Monongahela River sits on the redeveloped site of the old Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Station.

11 March 2014 - Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

On 26 December 2013 we visited Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This church was completed in 1891 but suffered extensive damage from being struck by lightning in 1909. Some of the structure was saved and the church was rebuilt in 1910. This German Catholic parish lasted until 1992 when it merged with nearby parishes to form Saint Charles Lwanga Church in 1992. Since then the building has stood vacant and open occassioally open to trespass. The future of this magnificent building remains uncertain.

10 March 2014 - Saint Stephen Catholic Church (Pittsburgh)

On 26 December 2013 we visited Saint Stephen Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This was the first stop on our December road trip to Pittsburgh. This church on Pittsburgh's south side was built in 1925 to replace the previous church on that site that was destroyed by fire.

09 March 2014 - Riverfront Civic Terrace and Festival Plaza

Check out our page for the Riverfront Civic Terrace and Festival Plaza in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. We just uploaded some photos from our 23 December 2013 visit.

07 March 2014 - First Park Congregational Church

On 13 December 2013 we visited First Park Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The church was built in 1868 and is known for its many beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows.

06 March 2014 - Muskegon South Pier Lighthouse

On 07 December 2013 we visited the Muskegon South Pier Lighthouse in Muskegon, Michigan. This cast iron Lake Michigan lighthouse is 48 feet tall and was built to replace an older structure in 1903.

05 March 2014 - Frauenthal Theatre

On 07 December 2013 we visited the Frauenthal Theatre in Muskegon, Michigan. This 1,700-seat theatre was built in 1929 as the Michigan Theatre. During our visit they were testing the set for the Singing Christmas Tree; an annual show put on by the local Mona Shores Choir.

04 March 2014 - Saint Paul Episcopal Church

On 07 December 2013 we visited Saint Paul Episcopal Church in Muskegon, Michigan. The cornerstone of this church was laid in 1892 and the first service was held the next year.

03 March 2014 - Immanuel Lutheran Church

On 07 December 2013 we visited Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The current structure was dedicated in 1890 and has served the area ever since. The historic church stands among the more modern architecture of the adjacent Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

28 February 2014 - Somerset Apartments

On 01 December 2013 we visited the Somerset Apartments in Detroit, Michigan. The Somerset was an 80-unit middle class residential apartment building built in 1922. It has been abandoned for some time and suffered extensive fire damage from a November 2013 blaze. No word yet on the building's future but it is unlikely to be redeveloped.

27 February 2014 - University Club

Check out our page for the University Club in Detroit, Michigan. We just added a photo from our 01 December 2013 visit to check out the completed demolition of the building.

26 February 2014 - Detroit's East Side

On 30 November 2013 we visited the East Side neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. The East Side is home to many residential communities, commercial districts and industrial areas. Known for its proximity to the Detroit River and the island park of Belle Isle, the East Side is a varying landscape rich in historical architecture but reeling with the effects of Detroit's economic crisis.

24 February 2014 - Fisher Building

On 30 November 2013 we visited the Fisher Building in Detroit, Michigan. This 428 foot tower is the focal point of the New Center neighborhood. The 28-floor limestone, granite and marble structure has been called 'Detroit's largest art object' since its completion in 1928.

23 February 2014 - 2013 America's Thanksgiving Parade (Part Two)

We just posted our final set of photos for the 2013 America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, Michigan.

21 February 2014 - 2013 America's Thanksgiving Parade (Part One)

On 28 November 2013 we attended the 2013 America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, Michigan. The 87th annual Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit was one of the largest in the nation. The remainder of our photo set for the parade will follow shortly.

20 February 2014 - Saint Josaphat Catholic Church

Check out our page for Saint Josaphat Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just added a photo from our 27 November 2013 visit.

19 February 2014 - Cathedral of Saint Andrew

On 18 November 2013 we visited the Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This church was built in 1876 to replace an earlier structure. It has served as the cathedral church of the Diocese of Grand Rapids since it was formed.

18 February 2014 - Grand Haven Swing Bridge

On 18 November 2013 we visited the Grand Haven Swing Bridge in Grand Haven, Michigan. This bridge over the Grand River carries the CSX Railroad between Grand Haven and neighboring Ferrysburg to the north.

17 February 2014 - Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse in Grand Haven, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 18 November 2013 visit.

15 February 2014 - Riverside Park

Check out our page for Riverside Park in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos of the park and the nearby Ambassador Bridge from our 16 November 2013 visit.

13 February 2014 - Midtown Detroit

Check out our page for Midtown Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 16 November 2013 visit.

12 February 2014 - Heidelberg Project

Check out our page for the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos of our 16 November 2013 visit documenting the recent burning of the House of Soul.

11 February 2014 - First English Evangelical Lutheran Church

On 16 November 2013 we visited the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan. We are having trouble finding information about this location but we do know it was built some time before the 1930s. We expect to have more information soon!

10 February 2014 - Marshall Mathers Home

On 16 November 2013 we visited the Marshall Mathers Home in Detroit, Michigan. This home became famous as the home of Detroit rapper Eminem when it was featured on the cover of his 2000 album 'The Marshall Mathers LP.' Eminem's 'The Marshall Mathers LP2' was released last year and featured a more recent photo of the home before it suffered damage from a fire in November 2013. The house has since been demolished.

09 February 2014 - Mount Olivet Cemetery

On 16 November 2013 we visited Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan. Mount Olivet was founded in 1888 and is Detroit's largest cemetery.

05 February 2014 - Saint David Catholic School

On 16 November 2013 we visited Saint David Catholic School in Detroit, Michigan. Designed by the Detroit firm Donaldson and Meier, this school was built in 1924. The building was closed in 1989 and has sat vacant ever since.

03 February 2014 - University Club

Check out our page for the University Club in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 16 November 2013 visit. The demolition of the fire-damaged building was almost complete.

02 February 2014 - Downtown Grand Rapids

Check out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just added some photos we took during several visits in October and November 2013.

01 February 2014 - Arnold Home

Check out our page for the Arnold Home in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 03 November 2013 visit to check on the site after the demolition. The final parts of the building were leveled in October.

31 January 2014 - Tunnel Park

On 27 October 2013 we visited Tunnel Park in Ottawa County, Michigan (just west of Holland). This 22 acre park along Lake Michigan is named after the tunnel beneath the sand dune that runs along the lakeshore.

30 January 2014 - Holland State Park

Check out our page for Holland State Park in Ottawa County, Michigan (just west of Holland). We just added some photos from our 27 October 2013 visit.

29 January 2014 - Historic Ottawa Beach Parks

On 27 October 2013 we visited the Historic Ottawa Beach Parks in Ottawa County, Michigan (just west of Holland). This assortment of park parcels is mixed throughout a cottage resort community founded alongside Lake Michigan in the 1880s. This area is now preserved and includes the Mount Pisgah Dune as its central feature.

28 January 2014 - Fulton Street Cemetery

Check out our page for the Fulton Street Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 26 October 2013 visit.

28 January 2014 - Sherlock Photography on Criminal Minds

We just got news that one of our photos will be making it in Hollywood! Our photo of the Milwaukee City Hall (Image 2951) will be on TV. Keep a lookout for it on the 12 March 2014 episode of Criminal Minds. 

27 January 2014 - Park Avenue Building

On 19 October 2013 we visited the Park Avenue Building in Detroit, Michigan. This building, now abandoned, was built in 1922 by the legendary architect Albert Kahn. Just blocks away from Comerica Park and the Foxtown theatre district, hopefully this building has redevelopment in its near future.

26 January 2014 - Mackinaw State Forest (Antrim County)

Check out our page for the Mackinaw State Forest in Antrim County, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our fall colors hike on 05 October 2013.

22 January 2014 - Downtown Grand Rapids

Check out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 27-29 September 2013 visits.

21 January 2014 - 2013 ArtPrize (Part Three)

Check out our page for the 2013 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This completes our set from last years' ArtPrize and includes the contest's winning piece, Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore by Ann Loveless.

20 January 2014 - 2013 ArtPrize (Part Two)

Check out our page for 2013 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded our second (of three) set of the annual ArtPrize event. Check back tomorrow for our third, and final addition to this set.

16 January 2014 - 2013 ArtPrize (Part One)

On 27-28 September 2013 we visited ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was the fifth annual ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. ArtPrize is a public juried international art competition where artists compete to win the top prize of $200,000. We will be uploading our photo set from ArtPrize over three our next three posts. Check back to see the other unique entries coming soon!

15 January 2014 - Lincoln Street Art Park

On 22 September 2013 we visited the Lincoln Street Art Park in Detroit, Michigan. This public art project was founded in 2011 and features graffiti-style street art and salvaged material art installations. The highlight is the old railroad alley now dubbed 'Fisher Canyon' due to its view of Detroit's Fisher Building.

14 January 2014 - Tashmoo Biergarten

Check out our page for the Tashmoo Biergarten in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 21 September 2013 visit.

13 January 2014 - Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve

On 15 September 2013 we visited the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This 100 acre parkland was set aside by Calvin College in 1985 and has since been restored to preserve a portion of the area's natural ecosystem.

12 January 2014 - 2013 Eastown Street Fair

On 14 September 2013 we visited the Eastown Street Fair in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was the 40th annual fair in Grand Rapids' Eastown neighborhood.

10 January 2014 - Downtown Battle Creek

On 14 September 2013 we visited Downtown Battle Creek, Michigan. Incorporated in 1859, Battle Creek is one of Michigan's oldest cities. The city of just over 50,000 is known as 'Cereal City' due to being the home of the Kellogg Company.

09 January 2014 - Binder Park Zoo

On 14 September 2013 we visited the Binder Park Zoo in Calhoun County, Michigan (just southeast of Battle Creek). Opened in 1977, Binder Park is one of Michigan's largest zoos and is known for its Wild Africa exhibit.

07 January 2014 - Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Cemetery

On 13 September 2013 we visited the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This cemetery was established in 1886 to serve the Michigan Veterans' Home and is located on the grounds of the current Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (a descendant of the Michigan Veterans' Home).

06 January 2014 - National Theatre

On 08 September 2013 we visited the National Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. This 1911 theatre is now the oldest surviving theatre building in Detroit. Word has been circulating about an imminent redevelopment of the site but no details have yet been finalized.

05 January 2014 - Downtown Detroit

Check out our page for Downtown Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 08 September 2013 visit.

04 January 2014 - Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center

Happy New Year! Here's hoping 2014 is another productive year for our travels. Our Christmas break in Detroit and Pittsburgh went very well; now we're back in business and we will continue posting our photos right where we left off. For our first post of 2014, check out our page for the Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 06 September 2013 visit.

20 December 2013 - December 2013 Road Trip

Today we are leaving for our December 2013 Road Trip. We will be spending our Christmas break in Detroit and we also have a trip to Pittsburgh planned. We hope you enjoy your holidays and the new year. We will be back with regular posts in January. Merry Christmas!

17 December 2013 - 2013 Mackinac Bridge Walk

On 02 September 2013 we visited the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk from Mackinac County, Michigan to Mackinaw City, Michigan. This was the 57th annual bridge walk across the Mighty Mac.

16 December 2013 - Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

Check out our page for the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 06 September 2013 visit.

15 December 2013 - Oden State Fish Hatchery

On 01 September 2013 we visited the Oden State Fish Hatchery in Emmet County, Michigan (just southwest of Alanson). In operation since 1921, the Oden Hatchery was updated in 2002 and serves as the state's brown and rainbow trout broodstock station.

14 December 2013 - Cut River Bridge State Roadside Park

On 31 August 2013 we visited the Cut River Bridge State Roadside Park in Mackinac County, Michigan (just northwest of Saint Ignace). Thepark's namesake bridge crosses the Cut River at a height of 147 feet and is the eighth longest bridge in the state.

13 December 2013 - Seul Choix Point Lighthouse

On 31 August 2013 we visited the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Schoolcraft County, Michigan (just east of Manistique). This Lake Michigan lighthouse was built in 1895 and its name means 'only choice' in French.

12 December 2013 - Manistique Water Tower

On 31 August 2013 we visited the Manistique Water Tower in Manistique, Michigan. This 137 foot tall structure was completed in 1922 and has become a Manistique landmark.

11 December 2013 - Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse

On 31 August 2013 we visited the Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse in Manistique, Michigan. This Lake Michigan lighthouse has stood on the east breakwater since 1916.

10 December 2013 - White's Covered Bridge

On 24 August 2013 we visited the ruins of White's Covered Bridge in Ionia County, Michigan (just southwest of Belding). The 1867 bridge over the Flat River burned in a suspected arson in July 2013.

09 December 2013 - Muskegon South Breakwater Lighthouse

On 24 August 2013 we visited the Muskegon South Breakwater Lighthouse in Muskegon, Michigan. This Lake Michigan lighthouse was built in 1903 and sits at the end of the south breakwater protecting Muskegon's harbor.

08 December 2013 - USS LST 393

On 24 August 2013 we visited the USS LST 393 in Muskegon, Michigan. One of only two LSTs suriving in their original configuration, the LST 393 was part of the 1944 D-Day invasions on Omaha Beach. Afetr being decommissioned in 1946 the ship was used as a car ferry across Lake Michigan but has since been restored as a museum ship.

06 December 2013 - Saint Luke's Hospital

On 23 August 2013 we visited Saint Luke's Hospital in Highland Park, Michigan. Built in 1916 after relocating from Detroit, this caretaking facility served as a home for the poor until its closure in 2000. Today the building sits open and is severly fire damaged.

04 December 2013 - Detroit Osteopathic Hospital

On 23 August 2013 we visited the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in Highland Park, Michigan. This hospital opened in 1919 but the current structure was buint in a 1937 expansion. An eight floor tower was added in 1955. The closed in 1992 but the west wing saw new life in 2004 when it opened as the B.E.S.T. Academy. The school has since closed and the buildings sit open and vacant.

03 December 2013 - Jefferson Avenue Bascule Bridge

Check out our page for the Jefferson Avenue Bascule Bridge in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 23 August 2013 visit to check on the recently damaged bridge.

02 December 2013 - Globe Trading Company Building

Check out our page for the Globe Trading Company Building in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 21 August 2013 visit to document the redevelopment of the historic structure. The building is slated to open sometime next year as the DNR's Outdoor Adventure and Discovery Center (part of William G. Milliken State Park). 

26 November 2013 - Fort Street Bascule Bridge

Check out our page for the Fort Street Bascule Bridge in Detroit, Michigan. We visited the historic bridge over the Rouge RIver on 21 August 2013 to check on the progress of the demolition.

25 November 2013 - South Manitou Island Lighthouse

On 17-18 August 2013 we visited the South Manitou Island Lighthouse in Leelanau County, Michigan (just west of Leland). This lighthouse sits on the southeastern end of South Manitou Island overlooking Lake Michigan. First lit in 1872, the lighthouse is now operated by the National Park Service as part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

24 November 2013 - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (South Manitou Island) (Part Three)

We just uploaded Part Three of our photo set from South Manitou Island.

23 November 2013 - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (South Manitou Island) (Part Two)

We just uploaded Part Two of our photo set from South Manitou Island.

22 November 2013 - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (South Manitou Island) (Part One)

On 17-18 August 2013 we visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County, Michigan (just west of Leland). We camped overnight on South Manitou Island in lake Michigan and spent both days exploring the old farm ruins and the natural sites of one of the off-the-beaten-path areas of the Lakeshore. This post will continue throughout the next couple days as we upload the photo set in three parts.

21 November 2013 - North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse

On 17 August 2013 we visited the North Manitou Shoal Lighthouse in Leelanau County, Michigan (just west of Leland). This lighthouse sits on a shoal in Lake Michigan just off the shore of North Manitou Island to warn passing ships of the shallow water. Built in 1935, it was the last manned offshore lighthouse on the Great Lakes until it was automated in 1980.

20 November 2013 - Leelanau State Park

On 16 August 2013 we visited Leelanau State Park in Leelanau County, Michigan (just northeast of Northport). This state park is located at the northern tip of the Leelanau Peninsula along the Lake Michigan shore.

19 November 2013 - Grand Traverse Lighthouse

On 16 August 2013 we visited the Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Leelanau County, Michigan (just northeast of Northport). This Lake Michigan lighthouse was completed in 1858 and sits at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula (Michigan's 'pinky'). It is now part of Leelanau State Park.

18 November 2013 - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Leelanau County)

Check out our page for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelenau County, Michigan (just northeast of Empire). We just added some photos from our 16 August 2013 visit to Pyramid Point.

17 November 2013 - Mission Point Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Mission Point Lighthouse in Grand Traverse County, Michigan (just north of Traverse City). We just added some photos from our 16 August 2013 visit.

15 November 2013 - Hodenpyl Dam

On 14 August 2013 we visited the Hodenpyl Dam in Wexford County, Michigan (just southwest of Mesick). This dam on the Manistee River was completed in 1925 and is owned by Comsumers Energy. Hodenpyl Dam can generate 17,000 kilowatts of electricity.

14 November 2013 - Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse

On 14 August 2013 we visited the Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse in Frankfort, Michigan. This Lake Michigan lighthouse was built, at least in part, in 1873 but has moved several times until it was heightened and moved to its current place in 1932.

13 November 2013 - Point Betsie Lighthouse

On 14 August 2013 we visited the Point Betsie Lighthouse in Benzie County, Michigan (just northeast of Frankfort). This Lake Michigan lighthouse was built in 1858 and is now owned by the county.

11 November 2013 - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Benzie County)

On 14 August 2013 we visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Benzie County, Michigan (just northeast of Frankfort). This page is an addition to the Sleeping Bear Dunes photos we already uploaded for Leelanau County, Michigan.

10 November 2013 - Lake Michigan Beach Park

On 14 August 2013 we visited Lake Michigan Beach Park in Empire, Michigan. This park sits between Lake Michigan and South Bar Lake and features beaches on both lakes. The park is also the home of the Robert H. Manning Memorial Lighthouse.

09 November 2013 - Robert H. Manning Memorial Lighthouse

On 14 August 2013 we visited the Robert H. Manning Memorial Lighthouse in Empire, Michigan. This lighthouse on Empire's Lake Michigan shore was completed in 1990 as a memorial to a longtime resident.

08 November 2013 - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Leelanau County)

Check out our page for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County, Michigan (just south of Empire). We just added some photos from our 14 August 2013 visit to the Empire Bluffs area.

07 November 2013 - Hanson Hills Recreation Area

On 13 August 2013 we visited Hanson Hills Recreation Area in Crawford County, Michigan (just west of Grayling). The area included in Hanson Hills was once part of the property of Rasmus Hanson; along with a large part of Crawford County. The property was opened up in 1929 for public use as the Grayling Winter Sports Park. Today the area is run by the Grayling Recreation Authority and maintains hiking trails, mountain bike trails and a ski hill.

04 November 2013 - Houghton Lake Area

Check out our page for the Houghton Lake Area in Roscommon County, Michigan (just southwest of Roscommon). We just added some photos from our 12 August 2013 visit.

31 October 2013 - Reedsburg Dam

Check out our page for the Reedsburg Dam in Missaukee County, Michigan (just east of Lake City). We just added some photos from our 12 August 2013 visit.

30 October 2013 - Manistee National Forest (Newaygo County)

On 10-11 August 2013 we visited the Manistee National Forest in Newaygo County, Michigan (just northwest of White Cloud). We walked the portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail from Highbanks Lake southward to Nichols Lake. 

29 October 2013 - Tiger Stadium Site

On 28 July 2013 we visited the old Tiger Stadium Site in Detroit, Michigan. We were fortunate enough to catch the site in use during an historic baseball game on the old stadium's diamond. The old stadium opened in 1912 as Navin Field and was home of the Detroit Tigers until Comerica Park was completed in 2000. The stadium was demolished in 2009 and the future of the site remains untold.

28 October 2013 - Southwest Detroit

Check out our page for Southwest Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 28 July 2013 visit.

28 October 2013 - Midtown Detroit

Check out our page for Midtown Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 28 July 2013 visit.

27 October 2013 - Rockford Dam

On 21 July 2013 we visited the Rockford Dam in Rockford, Michigan. This dam along the Rogue River is a run of river dam, meaning it does not control the river's flow. The dam is surrounded by Peppler Park and is a beautiful place to relax in the middle of Downtown Rockford.

26 October 2013 - Hardy Dam

On 21 July 2013 we visited the Hardy Dam in Newaygo County, Michigan (just northeast of Newaygo). This dam along the Muskegon River was built in 1931 and is named for George E. Hardy, a financier of the power project. The dam is operated by Consumers Energy and it is capable of producing 30,000 kilowatts of electricity.

24 October 2013 - Downtown Mackinac Island

On 20 July 2013 we visited Downtown Mackinac Island, Michigan. The epicenter of Michigan's iconic tourist mecca, Downtown Mackinac Island is full of restaurants, souvenir shops and, of course its famous fudge. Many buildings survive from the 1800s and Main Street bustles with tourists, bicyclists, horses during the warmer months.

23 October 2013 - Sainte Anne Catholic Church (Mackinac Island)

On 20 July 2013 we visited Sainte Anne Catholic Church in Mackinac Island, Michigan. Michigan's oldest Catholic congregation calls this church home. The building itself dates back to 1874 but parish records go back as far as 1695.

21 October 2013 - Fort Mackinac

On 20 July 2013 we visited Fort Mackinac in Mackinac Island, Michigan. The fort was built high above Mackinac Island by the British during the American Revolution. After the end of that war it was transferred to the United States and served as an American fort until it was decommissioned in 1895. It is now maintained by Mackinac Island State Park and is one of the most visited attractions on the island.

18 October 2013 - Mackinac Island State Park

On 20 July 2013 we visited Mackinac Island State Park in Mackinac Island, Michigan. This state park began in 1875 as Mackinac National Park, the second national park behind Yellowstone. The park was transferred to the state in 1895 becoming Michigan's first state park. Encompassing most of Mackinac Island, the park is home to many popular historic sites and limestone formations.

17 October 2013 - Fort Holmes

On 20 July 2013 we visited Fort Holmes in Mackinac Island, Michigan. This fortified redoubt was built (as Fort George) by the British in 1814 high atop Mackinac Island. The redoubt was intended to protect Fort Mackinac from an American attack in the Wart of 1812. After signing the Treaty of Ghent, it was acquired by the Americans and renamed Fort Holmes. It was quickly abandoned and is now managed by Mackinac Island State Park.

17 October 2013 - Redford Theatre

The history section is complete for our page on the Redford Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

15 October 2013 - Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery

On 20 July 2013 we visited the Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery in Mackinac Island, Michigan. Serving as the buria place for nearby Fort Mackinac, this cemetery dates back to the mid-1820s. The majority of the graves in the cemetery are unknown soldiers. 

14 October 2013 - Grand Hotel

On 20 July 2013 we visited the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan. The Grand Hotel is a historic seasonal resort hotel on Lake Huron's Mackinac Island. Built in 1887, the hotel boasts the world's longest porch at 660 feet.

14 October 2013 - University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

The history section is complete for our page on the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

13 October 2013 - Mackinac Bridge

Check out our page for the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 20 July 2013 visit.

13 October 2013 - Lee Plaza

The history section is completed for our page on Lee Plaza in Detroit, Michigan.

11 October 2013 - Houghton Lake Area

Check out our page for the Houghton Lake Area in Roscommon County, Michigan (just south of Roscommon). We just added some photos from our 19 July 2013 visit.

10 October 2013 - South Bass Island Lighthouse

On 13 July 2013 we visited the South Bass Island Lighthouse in Ottawa County, Ohio (just south of Put-in-Bay). This Lake Erie lighthouse was completed in 1897 and is now owned by the Ohio State University.

09 October 2013 - Lee Plaza

Check out our page for Lee Plaza in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 12 July 2013 visit.

08 October 2013 - Arnold Home

Check out our page for the Arnold Home in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos of our 12 July 2013 trip to check on the building's demolition.

07 October 2013 - Lincoln Park

Check out our page for Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. We just uploaded some photos from our 05 July 2013 visit. This post completes our July 2013 Road Trip to Chicago.

06 October 2013 - Oz Park

On 05 July 2013 we visited Oz Park in Chicago, Illinois. This Lincoln Park neighborhood park was named in honor of Lyman Frank Baum, the local resident author known for hisbook-turned-film The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Statues representing the main characters in The Wizard of Oz film are located throughout the park.

04 October 2013 - Franklin-Orleans Street Bascule Bridge

On 05 July 2013 we visited the Franklin-Orleans Street Bascule Bridge in Chicago, Illinois. This bridge over the Chicago River connects Orleans Street to Franklin Street and the Downtown Loop. It was built in 1920 by the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company and the Ketler-Elliot Company.

03 October 2013 - La Salle Street Bascule Bridge

On 05 July 2013 we visited the La Salle Street Bascule Bridge in Chicago, Illinois. This bridge crossing the Chicago River near the Downtown Loop was built in 1928.

02 October 2013 - Clark Street Bascule Bridge

On 05 July 2013 we visited the Clark Street Bascule Bridge in Chicago, Illinois. This bridge crossing the Chicago River near the Downtown Loop was built in 1929; it replaced an earlier swing bridge.

01 October 2013 - Lincoln Park

Check out our page for Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. We just added some more photos from our 04 July 2013 visit.

30 September 2013 - 2013 Fourth of July Fireworks (Chicago)

On 04 July 2013 we attended the 2013 Fourth of July Fireworks in Chicago, Illinois. Each year this display over Lake Michigan commemorates the nation's birthday from Navy Pier.

29 September 2013 - Lincoln Park Zoo

On 04 July 2013 we visited the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. Opened in 1868, this zoo is one of the oldest in the nation.

27 September 2013 - Lincoln Park Conservatory

On 04 July 2013 we visited the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. The conservatory's history dates back to an earlier building built oon the current site in 1877. Today's conservatory was built in stages beginning in 1892. It is now one of three conservatories in the city.

26 September 2013 - Lincoln Park

Check out our page for Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. We just added some photos from our 04 July 2013 visit.

25 September 2013 - Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Check out our page for the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Kent County, Michigan (just east of Grand Rapids, Michigan). We just uploaded some photos from our 30 June 2013 visit.

24 September 2013 - Belle Isle Park

Check out our page for Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 24 June 2013 visit.

23 September 2013 - 2013 Detroit Ford Fireworks

On 24 June 2013 we attended the 2013 Detroit Ford Fireworks display in Detroit, Michigan. We viewed the 55th annual international fireworks display from Detroit's island park, Belle Isle.

20 September 2013 - University Club

Check out our page for the University Club in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 24 June 2013 visit. These photos document the fire damage the building suffered from an early morning blaze on 15 June 2013.

19 September 2013 - Toledo Riverfront

On 22 June 2013 we visited the Maumee Riverfront in Toledo, Ohio. Our chosen vantage point for Toledo skyline shots was an old industrial area in the process of being reclaimed as a new riverfront park. 

18 September 2013 - Odette Sculpture Park

Check out our page for the Odette Sculpture Park in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. We just added a photo from our 22 June 2013 visit.

17 September 2013 - John Ball Zoological Garden

On 16 June 2013 we visited the John Ball Zoological Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The original land for the zoo was donated by local pioneer John Ball in 1884. Animals have been kept on display at the park since at least 1891. The current zoo that stands today opened in 1950 after a local effort to resurrect the park's early animal collection. Today the John Ball Zoo is the fourth largest cultural attraction in the state of Michigan.

16 September 2013 - Scottish Rite Cathedral

On 15 June 2013 we visited the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis, Indiana. Designed by George F. Schreiber and completed in 1929, this building is the home of the Valley of Indianapolis Scottish Rite, an affiliated body of Freemasonry. The main tower stands 212 feet tall and holds a 54-bell carillon. 

15 September 2013 - White River State Park

On 14 June 2013 we visited the White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. This small urban state park sits along the White River just west of Downtown Indianapolis. The park is also the home of the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, the Indiana State Museum and the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions Museum. It is also a great place to view the Indy skyline.

14 September 2013 - Indianapolis Museum of Art (Part Two)

This post completes our photo set for the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana.

13 September 2013 - Indianapolis Museum of Art (Part One)

On 14 June 2013 we visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. Though built in 1970, this museum's history dates back to 1883. With over 54,000 pieces in its permanent collection, the IMA is the eighth largest encyclopedic art museum in the United States. Check back tomorrow as we complete our gallery for the this impressive museum.

12 September 2013 - Indiana Statehouse

On 14 June 2013 we visited the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Designed by Edwin May, this building has served as the seat of the Indiana state government since it was completed in 1888.

11 September 2013 - Indiana World War Memorial Plaza

On 14 June 2013 we visited the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dedicated in 1933 and completed in 1965, the plaza memorializes those who served our country in World War I. The centerpiece of the plaza is the Indiana World War Memorial. This 210-foot tall structure was modeled on the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the world.

10 September 2013 - Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

On 14 June 2013 we visited the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Indianapolis, Indiana. This monument dedicated to Indiana's veterans was completed in 1901. Standing at the center of the city in Monument Circle, it reaches a height of 284 feet. Visitors can take an elevator to the top for amazing views of downtown Indy.

09 September 2013 - Christ Church Cathedral (Indianapolis)

On 14 June 2013 we visited the Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis, Indiana. This church is the oldest religious building in continuous use in Indianapolis. The gothic revival church dates back to 1857 and is the oldest building on Downtown's Monument Circle.

08 September 2013 - University Park (Indianapolis)

On 14 June 2013 we visited University Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. This park dates back to 1876 and is now part of the Indiana War Memorial Plaza. The centerpiece of the park is the 1919 Depew Memorial Fountain.

05 September 2013 - Saint Mary Catholic Church (Indianapolis)

On 14 June 2013 we visited Saint Mary Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Completed in 1912, this gothic revival church was modeled after the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

03 September 2013 - South Haven South Pier Lighthouse

Check out our page for the South Haven South Pier Lighthouse in South Haven, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 08 June 2013 visit.

02 September 2013 - Saint Joseph North Pier Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Saint Joseph North Pier Lighthouse in Saint Joseph, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 08 June 2013 visit.

29 August 2013 - Palmer Park

On 02 June 2013 we visited Palmer Park in Detroit, Michigan. Senator Thomas Palmer donated this land to the city in 1883 for the creation of the park. The park is known for being the home of the Merrill Fountain which was moved there in 1926.

28 August 2013 - Saint Martha's Episcopal Church

On 02 June 2013 we visited Saint Martha's Episcopal Church in Detroit, Michigan. While the church building has not been used for regular services since 2007, the property is also home to the Ford Family Cemetery. This small cemetery is the final resting place for automotive pioneer Henry Ford and his wife Clara Bryant Ford (as well as many other Ford family members). The church site and grounds are awaiting future redevelopment.

27 August 2013 - Jefferson Avenue Bascule Bridge

Check out our page for the Jefferson Avenue Bascule Bridge in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 31 May 2013 visit. This bridge over the Rouge River was closed due to damage incurred by an intoxicated bridge operator lowering the span on the passing Herbert C. Jackson lake frieghter on 12 May 2013. The bridge remains closed awaiting repairs.

27 August 2013 - Toledo Museum of Art

Check out our page for the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. We just uploaded some photos from our 01 June 2013 visit.

26 August 2013 - Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse

On 25 May 2013 we visited the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse in Manistee, Michigan. This Lake Michigan lighthouse stands 39 feet tall and was built in 1927.

25 August 2013 - Manistee National Forest (Mason County)

On 25 May 2013 we visited the Manistee National Forest in Mason County, Michigan (just north of Ludington). We hiked through the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area and the Lake Michigan Recreation Area during our visit. This area is dominated by a sand dune landscape along the shore of Lake Michigan.

09 August 2013 - August 2013 Road Trip

Tomorrow we are heading out for our two week-long August 2013 Road Trip. If possible we will try to squeeze in a website update on the road but we don't expect to be back in business until Saturday, 24 August 2013. We will be spending a weekend backpacking near Newaygo, Michigan this weekend and the remainder of the week in Northern Michigan. Next weekend we will be backpacking on South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan and then we will spend the remainder of the week in the Detroit area. Check back later in the month as we continue our posts beginning with the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness near Ludington.

09 August 2013 - Downtown Grand Rapids

Check out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 19 May 2013 visit.

07 August 2013 - West Side (Grand Rapids)

On 18 May 2013 we visited the West Side of Grand Rapids, Michigan. We will be subdividing Michigan's second largest city into three areas. Downtown, the West Side and the East Side. Check back as we gather some more photos from these areas in the future.

05 August 2013 - Holland Harbor Lighthouse

On 18 May 2013 we visited the Holland Harbor Lighthouse in Ottawa County, Michigan (just west of Holland). Built in 1907, this Lake Michigan lighthouse is known by locals as 'Big Red.'

31 July 2013 - Roosevelt Hotel

Check out our page for the Roosevelt Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 12 May 2013 visit.

31 July 2013 - Old Cass Technical High School

Check out our page for the Old Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 12 May 2013 visit to the site of the demolished building.

30 July 2013 - Southwest Detroit Hospital

On 12 May 2013 we visited the Southwest Detroit Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Opened in 1974 as an all black hospital, Southwest Detroit Hosptial quickly fell on hard times. After closing in 1993, it saw new life as United Community Hospital until the building was shuttered once again in 2006. It has sat vacant ever since.

29 July 2013 - 2013 Ypsilanti Color Run

On 11 May 2013 we visited the 2013 Ypsilanti Color Run in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In this annual 5k, runners are sprayed with color at various points throughout the route. The run is finished with a massive color explosion in Riverside Park.

24 July 2013 - New Center (Detroit)

Check out our page for the New Center in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 10 May 2013 visit.

23 July 2013 - Saint Agnes Catholic Church

Check out our page for Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 05 May 2013 visit.

22 July 2013 - Heidelberg Project

Check out our page for the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 05 May 2013 visit. This photo set includes some shots of the Heidelberg's recently burned OJ House.

16 July 2013 - 2013 Detroit Cinco de Mayo Parade

On 05 May 2013 we attended the 2013 Detroit Cinco de Mayo Parade in Detroit, Michigan. The 49th annual Cinco de Mayo Parade in Detroit ran down West Vernor Highway in commemoration of the 1862 Battle of Puebla. Mostly observed in the United States, the holiday is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

10 July 2013 - Grand River Flooding

On 20-21 April 2013 we visited Grand Rapids, Michigan to see the flooded Grand River. Rising waters flooded several buildings Downtown and caused some to worry that some bridges may wash out.

09 July 2013 - Roosevelt Hotel

On 07 April 2013 we visited the Roosevelt Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. Built in 1923, this long-abandoned hotel sits across 14th Street from the well-known Michigan Central Station. The building appears to be under some sort of renovation but little progress is evident and no official word on the project has been released.

08 July 2013 - David Stott Building

On 05 April 2013 we visited the David Stott Building's SkyBar Lounge in Detroit, Michigan. While the Stott Building was completed in 1929, the 33rd floor SkyBar Lounge recently opened in 2011. With phenomenal views of Downtown Detroit, this is one of Detroit's must-see attractions.

07 July 2013 - Downtown Detroit

Check out our page for Downtown Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 05 April 2013 visit.

03 July 2013 - Zug Island

On 04 April 2013 we visited Zug Island in River Rouge, Michigan. With a steelmaking history dating back to its first blast furnace in 1902, this heavily industrialized island at the mouth of the Rouge River is owned by United States Steel. While visitors are not allowed on the island (which is in the city of River Rouge), I was able to take photos from across the river in Detroit.

02 July 2013 - Highland Park Ford Plant

On 04 April 2013 we visited the Highland Park Ford Plant in Highland Park, Michigan. Designed by Albert Kahn and finished in 1910, the Highland Park Plant became the first automobile factory to utilize the assembly line. Today the plant is used by Ford Motor Company to store documents and also by the Henry Ford Museum for artifact storage.

01 July 2013 - Hamtramck Stadium

On 04 April 2013 we visited the old Hamtramck Stadium in Hamtramck, Michigan. Built in 1930, this park is one of only twelve remaining Negro League baseball parks in the United States. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

28 June 2013 - Downtown Youngstown

On 02 April 2013 we visited Downtown Youngstown, Ohio for some night photos.

17 June 2013 - New Vrindaban Palace of Gold

On 02 April 2013 we visited the New Vrindaban Palace of Gold in Marshall County, West Virginia (just northeast of Moundsville). Originally built as a residence for ISKCON founder A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, it was repurposed as a memorial shrine after his death in 1977.

16 June 2013 - Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan Chandra Temple

On 02 April 2013 we visited the Sri Sri Radha Vrindavan Chandra Temple in Marshall County, West Virginia (just northeast of Moundsville). The temple is the heart of the ISKCON community of New Vrindaban. Built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, New Vrindaban was to be a replica of Vrindaban, India as well as an ideal society based on Krishna Consciousness.

12 June 2013 - Wheeling Island

On 01 April 2013 we visited Wheeling Island in Wheeling, West Virginia. Situated in the Ohio River just across from Downtown Wheeling, Wheeling Island is the perfect place to view the Wheeling skyline.

11 June 2013 - Downtown Wheeling

On 01 April 2013 we visited Downtown Wheeling, West Virginia. Located in the state's northern panhandle, this Ohio River city was established in 1795.

10 June 2013 - Wheeling Suspension Bridge

On 01 April 2013 we visited the Wheeling Suspension Bridge in Wheeling, West Virginia. Completed in 1849, this bridge was the first to span the Ohio River and was the longest suspension bridge in the world at that time.

04 June 2013 - Metropolitan United Methodist Church

Check out our page for Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 31 March 2013 visit. We'd like to offer a special thanks to Rev. Dr. Ray McGee for allowing us to visit his beautiful church on this special occassion.

29 May 2013 - Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

Check out our page for the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 30 March 2013 visit.

28 May 2013 - MacArthur Bridge

On 30 March 2013 we visited the MacArthur Bridge in Detroit, Michigan. The MacArthur Bridge was built in 1923 and links Detroit with the Detroit River island park, Belle Isle.

27 May 2013 - Heidelberg Project

Check out our page for the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 30 March 2013 visit.

24 May 2013 - May 2013 Road Trip

Today we head out on our May 2013 Road Trip to Northern Michigan. We will be staying at Houghton Lake for the Memorial Day weekend but we will be taking a day trip to the Lake Michigan side of the state. Check back next week as our posts will resume after the holiday.

23 May 2013 - Fort Street Bascule Bridge

Check out our page for the Fort Street Bascule Bridge in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 29 March 2013 visit.

22 May 2013 - Woodlawn Cemetery (Detroit)

Check out our page for Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 29 March 2013 visit.

21 May 2013 - Michigan City Coaling Tower

On 17 March 2013 we visited the Michigan City Coaling Tower in Michigan City, Indiana. This long-abandoned tower used to refuel passing steam locomotives with coal.

17 May 2013 - Michigan City East Pierhead Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Michigan City East Pierhead Lighthouse in Michigan City, Indiana. We just uploaded some photos from our 17 March 2013 visit.

16 May 2013 - Old Michigan City Lighthouse

On 17 March 2013 we visited the Old Michigan City Lighthouse in Michigan City, Indiana. This Lake Michigan lighthouse dates back to 1858.

15 May 2013 - Harrison Street Bridge

On 16 March 2013 we visited the Harrison Street Bridge in Chicago, Illinois. One of many bascule bridges over the Chicago River, the Harrison Street Bridge was completed in 1960.

14 May 2013 - West 18th Street Bridge

On 16 March 2013 we visited the West 18th Street Bridge in Chicago, Illinois. One of many bascule bridges over the Chicago River, the West 18th Street Bridge was built in 1967.

13 May 2013 - Union Station (Chicago)

On 16 March 2013 we visited Union Station in Chicago, Illinois. Opening in 1925, this building is the third busiest rail terminal in the United States.

10 May 2013 - 2013 Dyeing of the Chicago River

On 16 March 2013 we attended the 2013 Dyeing of the Chicago River for Saint Patrick's Day in Chicago, Illinois. The river has been dyed green on the saturday nearest Saint Patrick's Day for 43 years.

07 May 2013 - R. E. Olds Transportation Museum

On 15 March 2013 we visited the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan. This museum showcases the history and automobiles of Lansing's own Oldsmobile vehicle line.

06 May 2013 - Michigan State Capitol Building

Check out our page for the Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 15 March 2013 visit.

02 May 2013 - Michigan Historical Museum

On 15 March 2013 we visited the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing, Michigan. This museum located along the Capitol Mall tells the story of the state's history.

30 April 2013 - 2013 Detroit Saint Patrick's Day Parade

On 10 March 2013 we attended the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Detroit, Michigan. This parade is an annual celebration of the city's Irish heritage. For one day, local Irish and not-so-Irish, dressed in green, descend onto Michigan Avenue for festivities.

27 April 2013 - Redford Theatre

Check out our page for the Redford Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 09 March 2013 visit for the showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Present for the showing were actors Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket) and Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee).

26 April 2013 - Downtown Grand Rapids

Check out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 01 March 2013 visit.

25 April 2013 - Packard Motor Car Company

Check out our page for the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 16 February 2013 visit.

24 April 2013 - John K. King Used and Rare Books

On 16 February 2013 we visited John K. King Used and Rare Books in Detroit, Michigan. John K. King Used and Rare Books is Michigan's largest used book store and has been located in the old Advance Glove Building since 1983. With over one million books on the shelfs, John K. King Used and Rare Books also has two smaller locations in the Detroit area.

23 April 2013 - Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse in Alcona County, Michigan (just north of Harrisville). We just uploaded some photos from our 11 February 2013 visit.

22 April 2013 - Mackinaw State Forest (Presque Isle County)

On 10 February 2013 we visited Ocqueoc Falls at the Mackinaw State Forest in Presque Isle County, Michigan (just north of Millersburg). The Lower Peninsula's only waterfalls was mostly frozen on this cold winter day.

21 April 2013 - Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 09 February 2013 visit.

20 April 2013 - Mackinac Bridge

Check out our page for the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 09 February 2013 visit.

19 April 2013 - Cheboygan Crib Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Cheboygan Crib Lighthouse in Cheboygan, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 09 February 2013 visit.

18 April 2013 - Forty Mile Point Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Forty Mile Point Lighthouse in Presque Isle County, Michigan (just northwest of Rogers City). We just uploaded some photos from our 09 February 2013 visit.

17 April 2013 - Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse in presque Isle County, Michigan (just east of Rogers City). We just uploaded some photos from our 09 February 2013 visit.

16 April 2013 - Michigan State Capitol Building

Check out our page for the Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 08 February 2013 visit.

15 April 2013 - Michigan Hall of Justice

On 08 February 2013 we visited the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan. Completed in 2002, this building houses the Michigan Supreme Court and anchors the west end of Lansing's Capitol Mall.

14 April 2013 - Downtown Grand Rapids

Check out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 06-07 February 2013 visits.

13 April 2013 - Saint Isidore Catholic Church

Check out our page for Saint Isidore Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 06 February 2013 visit.

12 April 2013 - Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse in Grand Haven, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 02 February 2013 visit.

11 April 2013 - Oakhill Cemetery

We are finally back from our extended Spring Break. We also experienced an unfortunate delay in posting photos due to computer problems. At long last we are back in business.

On 31 January 2013 we visited Oakhill Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was our first time exploring the south half of the divided cemtery. It was a beautiful wintery day and it began to snow quite heavily before we were finished.

29 March 2013 - April 2013 Road Trip

Today we are leaving for our ten day April 2013 Road Trip. Taking advantage of Easter/Spring Break we are heading to Detroit for the week for visiting family and of course, taking photos. We hope to spend a couple days on the road in Ohio and possibly West Virginia as well. Don't forget to check back on Monday, 08 April for our next photo post!

28 March 2013 - Michigan Central Station

Check out our page for Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 26 January 2013 visit.

28 March 2013 - Delray Interlocking Tower

Check out our page for the Delray Interlocking Tower in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 26 January 2013 visit.

27 March 2013 - Downtown Detroit

Check out our page for Downtown Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 31 December 2012 and 26 January 2013 visits.

22 March 2013 - 2013 North American International Auto Show

On 26 January 2013 we attended the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Held annually since 1907 (except several years surrounding World War II), this iconic Detroit automotive event attracts visitors from around the world.

22 March 2013 - Milwaukee Junction

We just finished the history section on our page for the Milwaukee Junction area of Detroit, Michigan.

20 March 2013 - Downtown Grand Rapids

Check out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 24 January 2013 visit.

19 March 2013 - Oakhill Cemetery

On 24 January 2013 we visited Oakhill Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This cemetery began as a small Jewish cemetery on the outskirts of the city in 1853. This city acquired the cemetery (as well as the one across the street) in 1885 and merged them to create the Oakhill Cemetery that exists today. This photo set is from the north portion of the cemetery. Check back for photos from the south portion of Oakhill in about a week.

19 March 2013 - William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse

We just finished the history section on our page for the William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse in Detroit, Michigan.

18 March 2013 - Ada Covered Bridge

Check out our page for the Ada Covered Bridge in Kent County, Michigan (just east of East Grand Rapids). We just added some photos from our 22 January 2013 visit.

15 March 2013 - March 2013 Road Trip

Today we are heading out for our March 2013 Road Trip to Chicago, Illinois. This short weekend trip is centered on the Dyeing of the Chicago River and the Saint Patrick's Day Parade. We will be back with regular posts on Monday. Enjoy the weekend!

14 March 2013 - Pere Marquette State Forest (Missaukee County)

Check out our page for the Pere Marquette State Forest in Missaukee County, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 21 January 2013 hike along a portion of the Cadillac Pathway.

13 March 2013 - Reedsburg Dam

On 21 January 2013 we visited the Reedsburg Dam in Missaukee County, Michigan (just west of Houghton Lake). This dam on the upper stretch of the Muskegon River creates the Dead Stream Swamp; the largest semi-wilderness area in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

13 March 2013 - Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

We just finished the history section on our page for the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in Detroit, Michigan.

12 March 2013 - Mission Point Lighthouse

On 20 January 2013 we visited the Mission Point Lighthouse in Grand Traverse County, Michigan (just north of Traverse City). Built in 1870, this historic lighthouse stands at the northern tip of Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula; just feet soutf of the 45th parallel.

12 March 2013 - Nancy Brown Peace Carillon

We just finished the history section on our page for the Nancy Brown Peace Carillon in Detroit, Michigan.

08 March 2013 - 2013 Tip Up Town USA

On 19 January 2013 we went to the 2013 Tip Up Town USA festival in Roscommon County, Michigan. This popular winter festival in northern Michigan draws crowds for its parade, ice fishing, snowmobile racing and fireworks.

07 March 2013 - Fisher Body Plant 21

Check out our page for the Fisher Body Plant 21 in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 01 January 2013 visit.

06 March 2013 - Riverside Park

Check out our page for Riverside Park in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 01 January 2013 visit.

05 March 2013 - 2013 Detroit New Years' 'D' Drop

On 31 December 2012 we went to Campus Martius in Detroit, Michigan for the third annual D Drop. New for this year was the 'D Burst,' a new sculpture replacing the less-elaborate 'D' that was dropped in the past.

05 March 2013 - Ford Lake Dam

We just finished the history section on our page for the Ford Lake Dam in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

04 March 2013 - Sainte Anne de Detroit Catholic Church

Check out our page for Sainte Anne de Detroit Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 31 December 2012 visit.

04 March 2013 - Uniroyal Giant Tire

We just finished the history section on our page for the Uniroyal Giant Tire in Allen Park, Michigan.

03 March 2013 - Miscellaneous Cleveland Photos

This post wraps up the posts from our December 2012 Road Trip to Cleveland, Ohio. Several photos were added to some locations around the city but no updates were large enough to warrant their own post. Check out this link; there you will find all of our photos from the city of Cleveland (both from this trip and previous ones).

02 March 2013 - Rocky River Reservation

On 30 December 2012 we visited the Rocky River Reservation in Cleveland, Ohio. Our visit to the park on Cleveland's western fringe was brief; we hope to make it back sometime when the weather is more conducive to exploration of the park's beautiful natural setting.

01 March 2013 - Wendy Park

On 30 December 2012 we visited Wendy Park in Cleveland, Ohio. Wendy Park is situated at the eastern end of Whiskey Island at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Opened to the public in 2005, this reclaimed industrial portion of the Cleveland Flats promises to be a prime example of successful de-industrialization of Cleveland's waterfront.

01 March 2013 - Dix Avenue Bascule Bridge

We just finished the history section on our page for the Dix Avenue Bascule Bridge connecting Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan.

28 February 2013 - Erie Street Cemetery

On 29 December 2012 we visited the Erie Street Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio. The cemetery is Cleveland's oldest; founded in 1826 by the village on what was then the outskirts of town. Since its establishment many of the burials have been relocated and the land became city streets in growing downtown Cleveland. What is left of the cemetery today is but a fraction of the original cemetery.

28 February 2013 - Fort Street Bascule Bridge

The history section is complete on our page for the Fort Street Bascule Bridge in Detroit, Michigan.

27 February 2013 - Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist

On 29 December 2012 we visited the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Cleveland, Ohio. This Patrick Keely-designed church was completed in 1852; it serves as the cathedral church of the Diocese of Cleveland.

26 February 2013 - Cleveland Arcade

On 29 December 2012 we visited the Cleveland Arcade in Cleveland, Ohio. Designed by John Eisenmann and completed in 1890, the five story arcade with a glass skylight is over 300 feet long. Today the lower floors house retail shops and a food court and the upper floors are occupied by the Hyatt Regency hotel.

26 February 2013 - Detroit Public Library Main Branch

The history section is complete on our page for the Detroit Public Library Main Branch in Detroit, Michigan.

25 February 2013 - Cuyahoga County Soldiers' And Sailors' Monument

On 29 December 2012 we visited the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' And Sailors' Monument in Cleveland, Ohio. Dedicated to the county's Civil War veterans, the Levi Scofield-designed monument opened in 1894. Recently re-opened in 2010 after a beautiful restoration, this Downtown landmark is a must see for any Cleveland visitor.

22 February 2013 - Saint Colman Catholic Church

On 29 December 2012 we visited Saint Colman Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio. This 1918 structure was built for the predominantly Irish Catholic population that lived in this westwern Cleveland neighborhood. A major restoration in 1997 has brought the church back to its original splendor.

22 February 2013 - Field Museum of Natural History

We just finished the history section for our page on the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.

21 February 2013 - Hope Memorial Bridge

Check out our page for the Hope Memorial Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. We just added some photos from our 28 December 2012 visit.

21 February 2013 - Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum

We just finished the history section on our page for the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum in Oak Park, Illinois.

20 February 2013 - Cleveland City Hall

On 28 December 2012 we visited the Cleveland City Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Completed in 1916 at a cost of $3 million, The building, designed by J. Milton Dyer, was part of the city's 1903 Group Plan that revitalized the city's Downtown with several massive new government structures.

19 February 2013 - Cuyahoga County Courthouse

On 28 December 2012 we visited the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Completed in 1912 by Lehman & Schmitt, this Beaux-Arts masterpiece is built of Milford pink granite. 

18 February 2013 - Downtown Cleveland

Check out our page for Downtown Cleveland, Ohio. We just added some photos from our 28 December 2012 visit.

18 February 2013 - Globe Trading Company Building

We just finished the history section for our page on the Globe Trading Company Building in Detroit, Michigan.

15 February 2013 - Tower City Center

On 28 December 2012 we visited Tower City Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The complex consists of the Cleveland Union Terminal, Terminal Tower, several other office buildings, two hotels, a shopping center, and the most recent addition, the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland.

14 February 2013 - Columbus Road Lift Bridge

Check out our page for the Columbus Road Lift Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. We just uploaded some photos from our 28-29 December 2012 visits.

14 February 2013 - Detroit Institute of Arts

We just finished the history section on our page for the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan.

13 February 2013 - Tremont (Cleveland)

On 28 December 2012 we visited the neighborhood of Tremont in Cleveland, Ohio. Dating back to the mid-1800s, Tremont is one of Cleveland's oldest neighborhoods. Today the revitalized community overlooking the Cuyahoga River is filled with restaurants, galleries and historic structures.

13 February 2013 - Belle Isle Park

The history section is complete on our page for Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan.

12 February 2013 - A Christmas Story House

On 28 December 2012 we visited A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio. This 1895 built home in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood was used for the external shots of Ralphie Parker's house in the classic 1983 holiday film; A Christmas Story. Operating as a museum, the interior has been re-done to mimic the film set.

12 February 2013 - Inner Harbor (Baltimore)

The history section is complete on our page for the Inner Harbor district in Baltimore, Maryland.

08 February 2013 - February 2013 Road Trip

Today we are leaving for our February 2013 Road Trip to Northern Michigan. We intend to get out in the snow and visit several lighthouse and possibly the Mackinac Bridge. We will resume regular postings on Tuesday!

07 February 2013 - Saint John Cantius Catholic Church (Cleveland)

On 28 December 2012 we visited Saint John Cantius Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio. With a building dating back to 1926 and a parish founded in 1898, Saint John Cantius is one of Cleveland's three historic Polish Catholic congregations. Anchoring the center of the Tremont neighborhood, Saint John Cantius is one of the few remnants of the area's Polish heritage to survive into the 21st century.

06 February 2013 - Saint Michael Archangel Catholic Church

Check out our page for Saint Michael Archangel Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio. We just added some photos from our 28 December 2012 visit.

05 February 2013 - Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus

On 28 December 2012 we visited the Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus in Cleveland, Ohio. Completed in 1891, the church serves the oldest Polish Catholic parish in the city. Though still quite impressive today, before being toppled by a tornado in 1909, the church's spires reached 232 feet; almost twice as tall as the rebuilt spires.

04 February 2013 - Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

Check out our page for the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 21 November and 26 December 2012 visits.

03 February 2013 - GM Renaissance Center

On 26 December 2012 we visited the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. Completed in 1977, this complex of skyscrapers is now home to the world headquarters of General Motors. The RenCen, as it is known by Detroiters, contains the tallest building in the state and the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

01 February 2013 - Fulton Street Cemetery

On 18 December 2012 we visited the Fulton Street Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fulton Street Cemetery is the first official city cemetery. It was organized on farmland purchased by the village in 1838. The cemetery even pre-dates Grand Rapids as a city.

31 January 2013 - Saint Isidore Catholic Church

On 30 November and 18 December 2012 we visited Saint Isidore Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The current building was opened in 1917 but the parish dates back to 1891; the second oldest Polish church in Grand Rapids. Perched atop a hill overlooking the Gerald R. Ford Freeway; travelers through many Grand Rapidians get a nice glimpse of this architectural beauty along their daily commute.

30 January 2013 - Basilica of Saint Adalbert

On 30 November and 18 December 2012 we visited the Basilica of Saint Adalbert in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This Polish Catholic church on the city's west side was completed in 1913. One of the most impressive churches in the city, Saint Adalbert is also the only Minor Basilica in the state.

30 January 2013 - Cincinnati Art Museum

The history section is complete on our page for the Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio.

29 January 2013 - Downtown Detroit

Check out our page for Downtown Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded several photos from our 24 November, 23 and 26 December 2012 visits.

29 January 2013 - Hamtramck Paczki Day

The history section is complete on our page for Hamtramck Paczki Day in Hamtramck, Michigan.

28 January 2013 - Southwestern High School (Detroit)

On 24 November 2012 we visited Southwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan. Built in the early 1920s by noted local architects Malcomson, Higginbotha & Palmer, this school served the southwest Detroit community until its closure last year. The future of the school is precarious; demolition is certainly a conceivable option.

25 January 2013 - Southwest (Detroit)

Check out our page for Southwest Detroit, Michigan. We just added some photos from our 03 and 24 November 2012 visits.

25 January 2013 - Detroit International Riverfront

The history section is complete on our page for the Detroit International Riverfront in Detroit, Michigan. This location was previously titled Rivard Plaza but we have chosen to expand the location to include other portions of the Detroit RiverWalk. This change is mostly for future planning purposes; photos to better represent the Detroit International Riverfront will follow in later posts.

24 January 2013 - 2012 America's Thanksgiving Parade

On 22 November 2012, Thanksgiving Day, we attended the 2012 America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, Michigan. With a history going back to 1924, this parade shares the title of being the nation's second-oldest Thanksgiving Parade with New York's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Organized first by the J. L. Hudson's Department Store, the parade has been run by The Parade Company since 1990. This set also includes our 4,000th photo posted on this site!

24 January 2013 - Grosse Ile Riverfront

The history section is complete on our page for the Grosse Ile Riverfront in Wayne County, Michigan.

23 January 2013 - Brush Park (Detroit)

On 21 November 2012 we visited the Brush Park area of Detroit, Michigan. The Brush Park neighborhood was developed by Edmund Brush, on his property just north of Downtown. Between 1850 and 1900, Brush park was transformed into an upscale community dominated by 70 beautiful victorian mansions. As transportation improved throughout the city, the wealthier residents mostly left Brush Park for other elite communities on the rise. Brush Park was left in decline for the majority of the twentieth century. The area has since undergone something of a revival since the 1990s and the community looks poised for a turn around. Despite many empty lots where beautiful homes once stood, restoration work is evident and many newer developments have targeted the area. 

23 January 2013 - William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor

The history section is complete for our page on William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor in Detroit, Michigan.

23 January 2013 - Pointe Mouillee State Game Area

The history section is complete for our page on Pointe Mouillee State Game Area in Monroe and Wayne County, Michigan.

22 January 2013 - Air Zoo

On 17 November 2012 we visited the Air Zoo in Portage, Michigan. The Air Zoo is an aviation museum crossed with an indoor amusement park adjacent to the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport. With several carnival-style rides and the world's largest indoor mural, the Air Zoo is a place where history and fun go hand-in-hand.

22 January 2013 - Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center

The history section is complete on our page for the Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center in Detroit, Michigan.

18 January 2013 - January 2013 Road Trip

Today we are leaving for a long weekend Up North for Houghton Lake's annual Tip Up Town USA. We will be back on Tuesday and resume posting photos as usual. Here's hoping for some snow and a fun winter mini-vacation!

18 January 2013 - Detroit Institute of Arts

Check out our page for the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 04 November 2012 visit.

17 January 2013 - Midtown (Detroit)

Check out our page for Midtown Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 02 November and 24 November 2012 visits.

17 January 2013 - Wayne State University

Check out our page for Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 02 November 2012 visit.

15 January 2013 - South Haven South Pier Lighthouse

On 30 October 2012 we visited the South Haven South Pier Lighthouse in South Haven, Michigan. First lit in 1903, replacing an older structure, this lighthouse has marked the entrance to the Black River for over a century. With remnants of 'superstorm' Sandy unleashing a violent Lake Michigan, the lighthouse was taking a beating from Mother Nature.

14 January 2013 - Saint Joseph North Pier Lighthouse

On 30 October 2012 we visited the Saint Joseph North Pier Lighthouse in Saint Joseph, Michigan. This pair of lighthouses were completed in 1907 and are well-known for photos in which they are shown taking the brunt of Lake Michigan's powerful weather. We chose to make the special trip to see these lighthouses because remnants of 'superstorm' Sandy were pounding Lake Michigan piers with gale-force winds. Despite the unfriendly experience of battling those winds with a camera, it was well worth the iconic shots of waves overrunning the pier.

12 January 2013 - Downtown (Grand Rapids)

Check out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 28 October and 01 December 2012 visits.

11 January 2013 - Saint Mary's Catholic Church (Grand Rapids)

Check out our page for Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 28 October and 30 Novermber 2012 visits.

11 January 2013 - Grand Rapids Public Museum

Check out our page for the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 27 October 2012 visit.

10 January 2013 - Nickels Arcade

On 21 October 2012 we visited the Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This covered shopping center was built in 1918 and has become one of the city's most well known landmarks.

09 January 2013 - Spirit of Hope Church

Check out our page for Spirit of Hope Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded a few photos from our 20 October 2012 visit.

08 January 2013 - Tashmoo Biergarten

On 20 October 2012 we visited the Tashmoo Biergarten in Detroit, Michigan. Filling a much-needed void in the city, Tashmoo is a pop-up European style beer garden that began in the Fall of 2011. Every Autumn, Tashmoo appears in Detroit's West Village neighborhood; bringing Michigan craft beers and artisanal foods from loval vendors. Breathing new life into a community in the midst of turning itself around, Tashmoo has created a groundswell of interest from Detroiters seeking the comfortable, causal atmosphere. All proceeds from Tashmoo are donated to help a local community development group and the Detroit Waldorf School. On the particular occassion of our visit, Tashmoo was not held in the usual West Village location, but at Detroit's Atwater Block Brewery.

07 January 2013 - Saint John Cantius Catholic Church (Detroit)

On 20 October 2012 we visited Saint John Cantius Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. This Romanesque church was built in 1923 in the southwestern Detroit neighborhood of Delray. Due to a shrinking community and land-grabs associated with building the nearby Interstate and Wastewater Treatment Plant, the parish was forced to close in 2007. Essentially cut off from what is left of the small and forlorn neighborhood, the churchs' future is in question. 

06 January 2013 - Downtown Lowell

On 17 October 2012 I went on a bicycle ride to Lowell,  Michigan. A small town of almost 4,000, historic Lowell is anchored by the King Milling Company and the dam on the Flat River. I brought my camera and grabbed several shots of the Downtown area before heading back to the car.

05 January 2013 - Ada Covered Bridge

On 17 October 2012 we visited the Ada Covered Bridge in Kent County, Michigan (just east of East Grand Rapids). Spanning the Thornapple River, this 125-foot long Brown truss covered bridge was built in the 1980s to replace the original 1867 bridge that was lost to a fire. Today the bridge is open to pedestrian traffic only and is maintained by the Kent County Park system.

04 January 2013 - Miltner Park

On 07 October 2012 we visited Miltner Park in Lake City, Michigan. Miltner Park is the perfect place to enjoy the small town of Lake City, Michigan. Located Downtown, this park has a small public beach and incredible views of Lake Missaukee; the largest lake in Missaukee County.

21 December 2012 - December 2012 Road Trip

We are going to be taking the rest of the year off for the holidays and several planned photo outings in Detroit and Cleveland. Enjoy the holidays and check back with us next year as we resume our posts!

20 December 2012 - Rifle River Recreation Area

On 07 October 2012 we visited the Rifle River Recreation Area in Ogemaw County, Michigan (just east of Rose City). Formerly part of a private hunting and fishing retreat owned by Harry Mulford Jewett (president of the Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company), it was acquired by the state after his death. The scenic area on the  upper reaches of the Rifle River now provides various outdoor recreation opportunities for its visitors.

19 December 2012 - Grass River Natural Area

On 06 October 2012 we visited the Grass River Natural Area in Antrim County, Michigan (just south of Bellaire). Grass River Natural Area is located along the Chain of Lakes waterway, between Clam Lake and Lake Bellaire. Encompassing lakes, rivers, stream and creeks, one can walk through a diverse terrain full of plant and animal life.

18 December 2012 - Mackinaw State Forest (Antrim County)

On 06 October 2012 we visited the Deadman's Hill area of the Mackinaw State Forest in Antrim County, Michigan (just west of Gaylord). Raining all the time, we hiked the Deadman's Hill trail of the Jordan River Pathway. It was a nice sight with all the fall colors and we hope to make it back here sometime on a nicer, warmer, dry day.

16 December 2012 - Dix Avenue Bridge

Check out our page for the Dix Avenue Bridge in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos fro our 03 October 2012 visit.

13 December 2012 - Delray Interlocking Tower

On 03 October 2012 we visited the Delray Interlocking Tower in Detroit, Michigan. Operated by CSX Railroad, the Delray Tower is the only staffed interlocking tower in Detroit. Built in 1945 to replace an older wooden structure, it controls the rail traffic in the area.

12 December 2012 - Trinity Cemetery (Detroit)

On 02 October 2012 we visited Trinity Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan. Trinity was founded as German Lutheran Cemetery in 1868 by the (then) adjacent Trinity Lutheran Church. The cemetery is no longer run by the church who has since moved to another location on Gratiot Avenue. The cemetery is one of the most popular places to view the nearby abandoned Packard Motor Car Company plant.

11 December 2012 - Cathedral Church of Saint Paul

Check out our page for the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded a photo from our 01 October 2012 visit.

11 December 2012 - First Congregational Church (Detroit)

Check out our page for the First Congregational Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 01 October 2012 visit.

10 December 2012 - Wayne State University

On 01 October 2012 we visited Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Wayne State is a public research university in Midtown Detroit. With a student body of over 32,000 students, Wayne State is the third largest university in the state.

10 December 2012 - Midtown Detroit

Check out our page for Midtown Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 01 October 2012 visit.

07 December 2012 - Downtown Birmingham

On 01 October 2012 we visited Downtown Birmingham, Michigan. We included several shots of the trendy shopping district; mostly focusing on the LionTown 2012 project.

06 December 2012 - Coleman A. Young International Airport

On 01 October 2012 we visited the Coleman A. Young International Airport in Detroit, Michigan. Opened in 1927 as Detroit City Airport, this location served Detroit's air travel needs until the newer, larger Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport went into operation. Renamed for Mayor Coleman A. Young, the facility now mostly serves private and cargo airplanes.

06 December 2012 - Visit Our New Store at Etsy.com!

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05 December 2012 - Monte Ne Resort

On 27-28 September 2012 we visited the old Monte Ne Resort in Benton County, Arkansas (just southeast of Rogers). Monte Ne started in 1901 as a health resort and planned community along the White River in the Ozarks. The ambitious project was a failure and the property was used by several other organizations until the 1960s. In 1964, the area was flooded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when the White River was dammed to form Beaver Lake for flood control. When water levels get low enough, long-submerged portions of Monte Ne become revealed. The ruins that remain have become something of an attraction and curiosity in the area.

04 December 2012 - Wayne Foundry and Stamping

On 24 September 2012 we visited Wayne Foundry and Stamping Company in Detroit, Michigan. Built in 1896 as a machine shop for the Railway Steel Spring Company, it changed hands in 1939 and became Wayne Foundry and Stamping. This building produced automotive, aerospace and heavy transportation products until its closure in 2005.

03 December 2012 - Detroit Insulated Wire Company

On 24 September 2012 we visited the Detroit Insulated Wire Company in Detroit, Michigan. All that remains of the factory after a massive 2005 fire is the four story warehouse and a nearby office building. Today, several of the supporting columns are beginning to give and the warehouse is slowly collapsing to the ground.

02 December 2012 - Edmunds & Jones Corporation

On 24 September 2012 we visited the Edmunds & Jones Corporation in Detroit, Michigan. This factory was built in the early twentieth century to produce headlamps for various vehicles, including the Ford Model T. The complex has changed hands several times since the day of Edmunds & Jones and the property now sits vacant.

02 December 2012 - Saint Francis D'Assisi Catholic Church

 

Check out our page for Saint Francis D'Assisi Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 24 September 2012 visit.

30 November 2012 - Woods Cathedral

On 24 September 2012 we visited the Woods Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Detroit, Michigan. The building's life began as Visitation Catholic Church in 1925 but was shuttered by the Archdiocese in 1989. The building was eventually purchased by another congregation and opened as Woods Cathedral Church of God in Christ. Today the building sits abandoned awaiting its fate.

29 November 2012 - Gary Interurban Terminal

On 22 September 2012 we visited the Gary Interurban Terminal in Detroit, Michigan. Built in 1925 and only used briefly, the Gary Terminal was the end of the line for the Detroit United Railway's Rapid Railway interurban line. From here, passengers would transfer to Downtown-bound streetcars.

28 November 2012 - Vanity Ballroom

On 22 September 2012 we visited the Vanity Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. Designed in 1929 by Charles N. Agree, the Vanity's beautiful Art Deco architecture is mixed with Aztec and Mayan influences. One of only two such ballrooms still standing in Detroit, the Vanity has been vacant for decades and its future remains uncertain.

27 November 2012 - Belle Isle Aquarium

On 15 and 22 September 2012 we visited the Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit, Michigan. The Aquarium is housed in a historic 1904 Belle Isle building designed by Albert Kahn. Closed since 2005, the Aquarium re-opened in September 2012 and is now operated by the Belle Isle Conservancy and run entirely by volunteers.

26 November 2012 - Dossin Great Lakes Museum

On 22 September 2012 we visited the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1949 as the City Maritime Museum in Belle Isle Park, the Dossin tells the story of Detroit's role in national and regional maritime history. In one of the museum's more popular exhibits, visitors can view ships passing by on the Detroit River from the pilothouse of the SS William Clay Ford. 

25 November 2012 - M. M. Rose School

On 22 September 2012 we visited the M. M. Rose School in Detroit, Michigan. This building, formerly an elementary school on Detroit's east side, has been closed for decades. Built in 1897, it is the oldest school building still standing in the city. 

21 November 2012 - Detroit Water & Sewerage Department's Central Maintenance Yard

On 22 September 2012 we visited the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department's Central Maintenance Yard in Detroit, Michigan. Closed for over 20 years, this shell of a building sits nearly empty as a haven for graffiti artists on the fringe of the Eastern Market.

20 November 2012 - Midtown Detroit

Check out our page for the Midtown area of Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 22 September 2012 visit.

19 November 2012 - New Center (Detroit)

Check out our page for the New Center area of Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 22 September 2012 visit.

18 November 2012 - Saint Albertus Church

Check out our page for Saint Albertus Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded a photo from our 18 September 2012 visit.

18 November 2012 - Globe Trading Company Building

Check out our page for the Globe Trading Company Building in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 18 September 2012 visit.

17 November 2012 - Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church

Check out our page for the Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos fro our 18 September 2012 visit.

16 November 2012 - Bridge Street Bridge

On 18 September 2012 we visited the Bridge Street Bridge in Portland, Michigan. Built in 1890 by the Groton Bridge Company, this 210 foot long bridge carries Bridge Street across the Grand River into Downtown Portland. 

15 November 2012 - Downtown Ionia

On 18 September 2012 we visited Downtown Ionia, Michigan. Ionia is home to many historic buildings, including the 1886 Ionia County Courthouse.

14 November 2012 - Ionia County Courthouse

On 18 September 2012 we visited the Ionia County Courthouse in Ionia, Michigan. Completed in 1885, the courthouse is the largest structure ever built of Ionia sandstone.

13 November 2012 - Downtown Detroit

Check out our page for Downtown Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded several photos from our 14 September 2012 visit.

12 November 2012 - National Museum of the United States Air Force

On 09 September 2012 we visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (located within and between the cities of Riverside and Fairborn, Ohio). While the museum's collections date back to 1923, the current building was built on the Air Force Base in 1971. Since then, the building has more than tripled in size to accomodate the growing collection of the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum. Attracting well over one million visitors each year, it is one of the most noted tourist destinations in Ohio.

11 November 2012 - Downtown (Dayton)

On 08 September 2012 we visited Downtown Dayton, Ohio. Despite only being the sistx most populous city in the state of Ohio, Dayton has plenty to offer visitors interested in history and culture.

10 November 2012 - Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

On 08 September 2012 we visited the Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton's most notable cemetery, Woodland was founded in 1841 and has grown to over 200 acres in size. Serving both as a resting place for many famous Daytonians (such as the Wright Brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar) and as an arboretum, historic Woodland Cemetery has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

09 November 2012 - Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park

On 08 September 2012 we visited the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park in Dayton, Ohio. Established in 1992 to commemorate the lives and work of Dayton's own Wright Brothers (inventors of the first successful airplane) and Paul Laurence Dunbar (an acclaimed African-American poet). The site includes the Wright-Dunbar interpretive center and museum, one of the origingal Wright Cycle Company shops, and the site of the Wright family home (which has since been moved to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan).

08 November 2012 - Miamisburg Mound

On 08 September 2012 we visited the Miamisburg Mound in Miamisburg, Ohio. Likely built over 2,000 years ago, this 65 foot tall, 800 foot circumference mound was built by the Adena culture as a burial mound. It is one of the two largest conical mounds in the nation.

07 November 2012 - Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

On 06 September 2012 we visited the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Kent County, Michigan (just east of Grand Rapids). Meijer Gardens is a 132-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park. Open since 1995, Meijer Gardens is Michigan's second largest tourist attraction.

06 November 2012 - 2012 Mackinac Bridge Walk

On 03 September 2012 we took part in the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk in Mackinaw City, Michigan. Every year on Labor Day, some vehicle lanes are opened up to walkers. This is the only time that the bridge is open to pedestrians; and it gathers large crowds as one of northern Michigan's most famous traditions. The over five mile walk across one of the longest suspension spans in the nation offers walkers amazing views of the Straits of Mackinac below as well as the chance to get up close and personal with the iconic "Mighty Mac."

05 November 2012 - Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum

On 02 September 2012 we visited the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum in Mackinaw City, Michigan. Commissioned in 1944, the former United States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw now serves as a museum ship telling the story of icebreaking on the Great Lakes.

04 November 2012 - Forty Mile Point Lighthouse

On 02 September 2012 we visited the Forty Mile Point Lighthouse in Presque Isle County, Michigan (just northwest of Rogers City). This lighthouse was first lit in 1897 to guide ships on Lake Huron through an uptil-to-then unlit portion of lakeshore. The 52-foot tower still operates; as a lighthouse, a county park and as a museum.

02 November 2012 - Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

On 02 September 2012 we visited the Thorne Swift Nature Preserve in Emmet County, Michigan (just northwest of Harbor Springs). This 30-acre preserve was donated to the Little Traverse Conservancy in 1981 by Elizabeth Kennedy. Today, boardwalked trails meander through swamp and woods; taking visitors through the property to Lake Michigan beach frontage and a dune observation platform.

02 November 2012 - Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

Check out our page for the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 01 September 2012 visit.

01 November 2012 - McGulpin Point Lighthouse

Check out our page for the McGulpin Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 01 Septemer 2012 visit. While we did not photograph the lighthouse on this visit, we did get a few nice shots of sunset/moonrise over Lake Michigan.

01 November 2012 - Mackinac Bridge

Check out our page for the Mackinac Bridge, connecting Mackinaw City and Mackinac County, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 01-02 September 2012 visits.

31 October 2012 - Bridge View Park

On 01 September 2012 we visited Bridge View Park in Mackinac County, Michigan (just west of Saint Ignace). This park affords visitors a beautiful view of the Straits of Mackinac and the 5-mile long Mackinac Bridge.

29 October 2012 - Hiawatha National Forest (Mackinac County)

On 01 September 2012 we visited Hiawatha National Forest in Mackinac County, Michigan (just northwest of Saint Ignace). Established in 1931 and now comprised of nearly 900,00 acres or protected land in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Hiawatha National Forest offers many options for outdoor recreation. Our trip was focused on the mouth of the Brevoort River; where it empties into Lake Michigan.

28 October 2012 - Wawatam Lighthouse

On 01 September 2012 we visited the Wawatam Lighthouse in Saint Ignace, Michigan. First constructed for a Michigan Welcome Center near Monroe in 1998, this lighthouse was removed and rebuilt in Saint Ignace where it stands today. Located at the end of the former Chief Wawatam car ferry dock on Lake Huron, this now-functioning lighthouse stands 52 feet tall.

27 October 2012 - Castle Rock

On 01 September 2012 we visited Castle Rock in Mackinac County, Michigan (just north of Saint Ignace). This popular tourist attraction is a nearly 200-foot tall limestone stack overlooking Lake Huron. For the price of one dollar visitors can climb to the top!

26 October 2012 - Father Marquette National Memorial

On 01 September 2012 we visited the Father Marquette National Memorial in Mackinac County, Michigan (just west of Saint Ignace). Built in the late 1970s as a memorial to French Jesuit priest and explorer Jacques Marquette. Marquette died in 1675 en route to Saint Ignace. The site today features an interpretive trail and a small open-concept wood structure with informational kiosks. The site also included the Marquette Memorial Museum until it was destroyed by fire in 2000.

25 October 2012 - Historic Mill Creek

On 01 September 2012 we visited Historic Mill Creek in Cheboygan County, Michigan (just southeast of Mackinaw City). This state park offers visitors a glimpse of a working sawmill; a reconstruction of the mill that stood at the site before closing in 1839 and falling into disrepair. The park also features recreation opportunities including hiking trails, a climbing wall and a zip line. In addition to the mill, the park has other historic building reproductions with costumed interpreters who give demonstrations and tell the story of life at Mill Creek in the days of the original mill.

25 October 2012 - Frederick Douglass High School

Check out our page for Frederick Douglass High School in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 28 August 2012 visit.

24 October 2012 - Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Check out our page for the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 28 August 2012 visit.

24 October 2012 - Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church

Check out our page for Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 28 August 2012 visit.

23 October 2012 - Saint Leo Catholic Church

Check out our page for Saint Leo Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 28 August 2012 visit.

23 October 2012 - Saint Matthew's - Saint Joseph's Episcopal Church

Check out our page for Saint Matthew's - Saint Joseph's Episcopal Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 28 August 2012 visit.

22 October 2012 - Rosy Mound Natural Area

On 22 August 2012 we visited Rosy Mound Natural Area in Ottawa County, Michigan (just south of Grand Haven). A beautiful place to experience a classic Great Lakes dune system, Rosy Mound features high wooded dunes, foredunes, beach and dune blowout. A nice hike with substantial climb is required to reach the lakeshore, and wooden boardwalks allow visitors to explore the dune areas.

21 October 2012 - Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse

On 21-22 August 2012 we visited the Grand Haven South Pierhead Lighthouse in Grand Haven, Michigan. Located where the Grand River empties into Lake Michigan, this pair of lighthouses were built in 1905 to replace an older structure. At the end of the pier, a massive concrete prow shields the lighthouse from the brunt of Lake Michigan's force during bad weather.

19 October 2012 - Downtown Detroit

Check out our page for Downtown Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 17 August 2012 visit.

18 October 2012 - Russell Industrial Center

On 17 August 2012 we visited the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit, Michigan. Designed by Albert Kahn and built for Detroit businessman John William Murray, the Russell Industrial Center was completed in 1925 for Murray's Murray Body Company. Though in use for most of its life, the businesses calling the complex home were all hurt by recessions and the Russell never was able to fulfill the grandiose plans of its builder. Abandoned in 1998, the Russell has since been turned into studios and lofts in one of Detroit's more successful attempts at urban redevelopment. The large in-progress mural Chimera by Kobie Solomon has become the face of the Russell, greeting passersby with the largest graffiti mural in the state.

18 October 2012 - Lee Plaza

Check out our page for Lee Plaza in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded a photo from our 17 August 2012 visit.

17 October 2012 - Saint Agnes Catholic Church

Check out our page for Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 17 August 2012 visit.

16 October 2012 - North Higgins Lake State Park

On 11 August 2012 we visited North Higgins Lake State Park in Crawford County, Michigan (just northwest of Roscommon). Once the site of the world's largest seedling nursery, this state park is now a recreation paradise. With hiking, cross-country skiing, camping, fishing and beachfront on Higgins Lake, the park has something to offer during every season. Also at the park is the CCC Muceum that tells the story of the group that worked from here to plant trees and build infrastructure throughout the nation.

15 October 2012 - Au Sable State Forest (Roscommon County)

On 11 August 2012 we visited the Roscommon Red Pines Natural Area; part of the Au Sable State Forest in Roscommon County, Michigan (just east of Roscommon). This 160-acre section of the forest contains a 34-acre grove of virgin red pine; one of the best stands in the country.

14 October 2012 - Pere Marquette State Forest (Missaukee County)

On 09 August 2012 we visited the Pere Marquette State Forest in Missaukee County, Michigan (just east of Cadillac). Our efforts were focused on the Missaukee Couty portion of the Cadillac Pathway. Hopefully, before long, we can complete the trail and create a post for the Wexford County portion. 

12 October 2012 - Fisherman's Island State Park

On 06 August 2012 we visited Fisherman's Island State Park in Charlevoix County, Michigan (just southwest of Charlevoix). The park's namesake, Fisherman's Island, has now become a peninsula due to lower water levels. With five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, this park has rolling wooded dunes, hiking trails and beachfront.

11 October 2012 - Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse

On 06 August 2012 we visited the Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse in Charlevoix, Michigan. Built in 1947 to replace the previous structure, this 44-foot Lake Michigan lighthouse marks the entry of the channel into Lake Charlevoix.

10 October 2012 - North Point Nature Preserve

On 06 August 2012 we visited the North Point Nature Preserve in Charlevoix County, Michigan (just north of Charlevoix). Adjacent to Mount McSauba Recreation Area, yesterday's post, the two parks share much of the same qualities; except that North Point does not offer a ski hill.

09 October 2012 - Mount McSauba Recreation Area

On 06 August 2012 we visited the Mount McSauba Recreation Area in Charlevoix County, Michigan (just north of Charlevoix). During the winter, this bluff overlooking Lake Michigan is used for winter recreation such as downhill and cross-country skiing and sledding. During the other seasons, the recreation area provides trails for hiking and a scenic sandy dune shoreline for public enjoyment.

08 October 2012 - Huron National Forest (Iosco County)

On 05 August 2012 we visited some portions of the Huron National Forest in Iosco County, Michigan (just west of Oscoda). While visiting this area of the forest along the highbanks of the Au Sable River, we visited the Lumberman's Monument, the Canoer's Memorial and Iargo Springs.

04 October 2012 - October 2012 Road Trip

Today we embark on our October 2012 Road Trip to Northern Michigan. With plans unclear (and weather questionable) we're not exactly sure what to expect on this foray. Certainly we will be keeping our eyes open for fall colors; but we have yet to see where the roads will take us. Check back on Monday as we will continue our posts where we left off.

03 October 2012 - Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

On 04 August 2012 we visited the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse in Presque Isle County, Michigan (just southeast of Rogers City). This small lighthouse is one of the oldest on the Great Lakes. Built in 1840, the lighthouse was in commission until 1871 when it was replaced by the nearby (New) Presque Isle Lighthouse.

02 October 2012 - Alpena Breakwater Lighthouse

On 04 August 2012 we visited the Alpena Breakwater Lighthouse in Alpena, Michigan. This 34-foot tall steel skeleton lighthouse has guarded the entrance to Alpena's harbor and the Thunder Bay River since its construction in 1914.

01 October 2012 - Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

On 04 August 2012 we visited the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse in Alcona County, Michigan (just north of Harrisville). This 71 foot lighthouse overlooking Lake Huron was completed in 1869. 

26 September 2012 - September 2012 Road Trip #2

Today I am heading out on the second Road Trip of September 2012. I will be flying to Arkansas and taking a few days to make it home on the road. As of yet ther are no real set plans for those days so who knows what I'll come up with. Hopefully the weather is on my side and I will be back with the next post on Monday.

25 September 2012 - Tawas Point Lighthouse

The first stop of our August 2012 Road Trip, on 03 August 2012 we visited the Tawas Point Lighthouse in Iosco County, Michigan (just southeast of East Tawas). The main focus of Tawas Point State Park, this 70-foot lighthouse on Lake Huron was first lit in 1877.

24 September 2012 - Saint Mary's Catholic Church (Grand Rapids)

Check out our page for Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 02 August 2012 visit.

23 September 2012 - Fallasburg Covered Bridge

On 02 August 2012 we visited the Fallasburg Covered Bridge in Kent County, Michigan (just north of Lowell). Built in 1871, this 100-foot covered bridge over the Flat River is one of few such bridges in Michigan still open to vehicular traffic.

22 September 2012 - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

On 28 July 2012 we visited the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Dune Acres, Indiana. More specifically we hiked the Cowles Bog area of the Lakeshore, which included a large wooded area and a portion of dunes along Lake Michigan's shore. Authorized by Congress in 1966, nearly 25 miles of Indiana's shoreline is being protected from development. Unfortunately this wasn't before several steel mills were built in the area. Despite the eyesore of these mills, it provides a view of the stark contrast between nature and industry.

21 September 2012 - Grant Park

On 27 July 2012 we visited Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. Grant Park is located adjacent to Chicago's Loop, or central business district. An urban park, Grant Park hosts a mix of attractions including Buckingham Fountain, gardens, sporting, harbor facilities, public artwork and much more. Also within the park is Chicago's Museum Campus and the Art Institute of Chicago.

20 September 2012 - Chicago Transit Authority's "L" System

Check out our page for the Chicago Transit Authority's "L" System in Chicago, Illinois. We just uploaded some photos from our 27 July 2012 visit.

19 September 2012 - Wrigley Field

On 27 July 2012 we visited Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Known to many baseball fans as 'The Friendly Confines,' Wrigley Field has stood in Chicago's north side since 1914 and is the home field of MLB's Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field is the second oldest active major league ballpark and is a city treasure. Fans pour into the neighboring community during Cubs games; both home and away. A Chicago landmark and a baseball icon, Wrigley stands strong though many other agin ballparks have met their doom.

15 September 2012 - The Loop (Chicago)

Check out our page for The Loop in Chicago, Illinois. We just uploaded some photos from our 27 July 2012 visit.

14 September 2012 - Millennium Park

On 26 July 2012 we visited Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. Recently opening in 2004, Chicago's Millennium Park has become one of the city's largest tourist attractions. Built atop an active railroad line and parking garages, this beautiful park is known for being home to the Crown Fountain, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Lurie Garden, and the Cloud Gate (known by most as 'The Bean').

12 September 2012 - Near West Side (Chicago)

Check out our page for the Near West Side of Chicago, Illinois. We just uploaded some photos from our 27 July 2012 visit.

09 September 2012 - Near North Side (Chicago)

Check out our page for the Near North Side of Chicago, Illinois. We just uploaded some photos from our 26 July 2012 visit.

07 September 2012 - Lincoln Park

On 26 July 2012 we visited Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. Named after President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Park is Chicago's largest public park and is located along the city's Lake Michigan shore running north from the Downtown area. Parkland, Recreational areas, Harbors, Beaches, Museum and a Zoo are just some of the amenities this park has to offer.

30 August 2012 - September 2012 Road Trip

Today we will be leaving on our September 2012 Road Trip to Northern Michigan. We will be visiting the Mackinaw City area as well as participating in the Labor Day Bridge Walk across the Mackinac. Check back next Friday for the next post where we will continue to upload photos from our trip to Chicago.

29 August 2012 - Fourth Presbyterian Church

On 26 July 2012 we visited Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois. The first stop on our July 2012 Road Trip, Fourth Presbyterian Church sits on Michigan Avenue on the northern fringe of Downtown. Completed in 1914 by architect Ralph Adams Cram, the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

28 August 2012 - Grayling Elementary School

On 17 July 2012 we visited Grayling Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan. This 1917 school on Detroit's north side has been closed since 2005. Intact until recently, the school now sits wide open to vandals and has been heavily scrapped.

27 August 2012 - Redford High School

On 17 July 2012 we visited the old Redford High School in Detroit, Michigan. Redford High opened in 1924 and served the west side of the city until its closure in 2007. Since its closure the building has suffered from fire damage and scrappers. Slated for demolition this year, the site is planned to be used for a Meijer grocery store; the first major supermarket to be built in the city of Detroit.

26 August 2012 - Burton Memorial Tower

On 16 July 2012 we visited the Burton Memorial Tower in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Built in 1936, the 10-floor clock tower on the University of Michigan's Central Campus houses the world's fourth heaviest carillon. The Baird Carillon atop the tower consists of 55 bells; the heaviest of which weighs in at over six tons. 

25 August 2012 - Saint Mark's Episcopal Church

Check out our page for Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded a couple photos from our 10 July 2012 visit.

24 August 2012 - Downtown (Grand Rapids)

Check out our page for Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 10 July 2012 visit to the city.

21 August 2012 - Grand Rapids Public Museum

On 10 July 2012 we visited the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1854, the museum is one of the nation's oldest. Housed in the recently built Van Andel Museum Center along the Downtown stretch of the Grand River, the museum takes particular care to tell the story of Western Michigan and the city itself.

20 August 2012 - Downtown Detroit

Check out our page for Downtown Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded some photos from our 08 July 2012 visit to the city.

19 August 2012 - Historic Fort Wayne

On 08 July 2012 we visited Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit, Michigan. The fort's history dates back to the original 1845 star fort located beside the Detroit River overlooking  Canada just over one mile away. While never engaged in combat of any sort, the fort saw activity as a mustering center for troops during the Civil War. After the war the fort was being used as a garrison post until WW2 when it was used as a motor supply depot. By 1976 the fort was fully transered to the City of Detroit and has since been used as a museum and a site for public recreation.

18 August 2012 - Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

On 06 July 2012 we visited the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The University of Michigan museum began with the archaeological collections of Professor Francis Kelsey which were moved into the present building in 1928. Named for Professor Kelsey in 1953, the museum has since expanded and houses over 100,000 artifacts.

18 August 2012 - Samuel C. Mumford High School

Check out our page for the Samuel C. Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan. We just uploaded a few photos from our 06 July 2012 visit during the first stages of its demolition.

17 August 2012 - Ott Biological Preserve

On 02 July 2012 we visited the Ott Biological Preserve in Calhoun County, Michigan (just east of Battle Creek). The Ott Preserve's story begins in 1926 when the land became the Battle Creek College Biological Preserve. The land changed hands a couple times until purchased by the county in 1977. The preserve encompasses Hall Lake and Brigham Lake as well as bordering Dexter Lake. Trails run through the preserve and it has become a popular place for recreation and enjoyment of the animal and plant life that thrive here.

15 August 2012 - Toledo Museum of Art

Check out our page for the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. We just uploaded a couple photos from our 28 June 2012 visit.

14 August 2012 - Fallen Timbers Battlefield

On 28 June 2012 we visited the Fallen Timbers Battlefield in Lucas County, Ohio (just southwest of Maumee). The Battle of Fallen Timbers was the final battle of the Northwest Indian War for the control of the Northwest Territory. Here, in 1794, the American victory against the Native American Western Confederacy led to the signing of the Treaty of Greenville. After this, settlement was opened to Americans as far west as the Mississippi River.

13 August 2012 - The Butterfly House

On 28 June 2012 we visited The Butterfly House in Lucas County, Ohio (just north of Whitehouse). The Butterfly House is a non-profit organization that allows visitors to walk among butterflies from around the world in a garden-like, indoor setting. Their website claims over 100 species are on display, with a total count of over 1,000 butterflies!

03 August 2012 - August 2012 Road Trip

Today we are leaving on our August 2012 Road Trip to Northern Michigan. Admittedly this trip is planned to be more laid back than week-long trips in the past, but we intend to be taking photos nonetheless. We will be back on 13 August and will continue to post photos where we left off.

02 August 2012 - 2012 Detroit Target Fireworks

We are officially done posting our set from the June 2012 Road Trip and we can now begin catching up with photos from our more recent outings. Although this will be somewhat delayed while we are gone on our next trip. Our first photos after arriving home are from 25 June 2012 when we watched the 2012 Detroit Target Fireworks in Detroit, Michigan. This year we viewed the display from William G. Milliken State Park in Detroit. As usual, the display was quite impressive, but unfortunately we were unable to get too many good shots since our original viewing spot proved to be less than ideal and we had to relocate mid-show. Nonetheless we got several nice shots and we will surely be back next year for another attempt.

01 August 2012 - Jim Beam American Outpost

On 22 June 2012 we visited the Jim Beam American Outpost in Bullitt County, Kentucky (just north of Clermont). With a history dating back to 1795, the Beam family is one of the pioneers of Kentucky bourbon. The Jim Beam American Outpost offers tours of the T. Jeremiah Beam house as well as a working rackhouse and cooperage.

31 July 2012 - Wigwam Village Inn #2

On 21-22 June 2012 we visited (and stayed the night at) Wigwam Village Inn #2 in Cave City, Kentucky. One of the only two remaining locations of this 20th Century chain motel, Wigwam Village Inn #2 has become a tourist attraction itself. Built in 1937 as the second motel of the chain, it consists of fifteen wigwams arranged in a semi-circle around a common ground with a larger wigwam in the center as the motel office.

30 July 2012 - Shelby Street Bridge

On 21 June 2012 we visited the Shelby Street Bridge in Nashville, Tennessee. This bridge over the Cumberland River just east of Downtown Nashville was built in 1909 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003 the bridge was repurposed and now serves as a pedestrian bridge. The Shelby Street Bridge is a great place to enjoy the view of Nashville's skyline as well.

29 July 2012 - Mud Island River Park

On 21 June 2012 we visited Mud Island River Park in Memphis, Tennessee. This urban park is located on a peninsula (not an island) between the Mississippi River and Wolf River Harbor and opened in 1982. Accessible by the Memphis Suspension Railway from Downtown Memphis, the park features a Mississippi River Museum, an ampitheatre and a hydraulic scale model of the Lower Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico.

25 July 2012 - July 2012 Road Trip

Today we will be leaving for our July 2012 Road Trip to Chicago, Illinois. Check back Sunday for our next set of photos!

24 July 2012 - Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum

On 21 June 2012 we visited the Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. This museum is dedicated to telling the story of the origins and the development of Rock and Soul music; with a special focus on Memphis' contributions.

23 July 2012 - Downtown (Memphis)

On 20 June 2012 we visited Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee by population. This set is comprised of several random shots we gathered as we walked around between other Memphis locations.

22 July 2012 - National Civil Rights Museum

On 20 June 2012 we visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. This museum dedicated to telling the story of the Civil Rights movement in the United States, is housed in the former Lorraine Motel; where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. 

20 July 2012 - Beale Street

On 20 June 2012 we visited Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Since the early days of the 1900s, Beale Street has been synonymous with The Blues. Today, the National Historic Landmark District is a major tourist destination teeming with blues clubs, restaurant, festivals and free concerts.

19 July 2012 - Sun Studio

On 20 June 2012 we visited Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. In this building, rock pioneer Sam Phillips opened the Memphis Recording Service in 1950. The next year, the first rock-n-roll single was recorded here, marking the beginning of a new era in music. Throughout the 1950s, several big-name artisits such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Parkins and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded here. Though the recording business moved from the small building near the end of the 1950s, the building was put back into use as a recording studio and tourist destination in 1987.

18 July 2012 - William J. Clinton Presidential Center

On 19 June 2012 we visited the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Opened in 2004, this presidential library and museum is one of the largest and the most expensive built to date. Located along the Arkansas River just outside Downtown Little Rock, its setting within the Clinton Presidential Park provides a great recreational opportunity as well.

17 July 2012 - Little Rock Central High School

 

On 19 June 2012 we visited Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Built in 1927 as one of the nation's largest and most expensive school in the nation, its memory is mostly associated with its role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957. The focal point of the Civil Rights battle, nine African-American students (The 'Little Rock Nine") were denied entrance into the school causing a battle between then Governor Faubus and President Eisenhower. The ensuing drama led to the U.S. Army being sent to Little Rock to guarantee and safeguard the students' rights. The site is now a National Historic Landmark.

16 July 2012 - Christ of the Ozarks

On 18 June 2012 we visited the Christ of the Ozarks in Carroll County, Arkansas (just east of Eureka Springs). Christ of the Ozarks is a 65-foot-tall sculpture of Jesus Christ located atop Magnetic Mountain overlooking Eureka Springs. Completed in 1966, it sits adjacent to an outdoor ampitheatre where 'The Great Passion Play' is performed several times a week during the warmer months.

15 July 2012 - Downtown (Eureka Springs)

On 18 June 2012 we visited Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Eureka Springs is a small town in the Ozarks noted for its Victorian architecture. Incorporated in 1880, the town thrived by people drawn to its natural hot springs. While the springs are now mostly dry, the city has become a popular resort village and tourist destination.

14 July 2012 - War Eagle Mill

On 18 June 2012 we visited War Eagle Mill in Benton County, Arkansas (just east of Rogers). Although built in 1973, this mill-store-restaurant was built using the blueprints of the earlier mill that was destroyed by fire. This site along War Eagle Creek has been home to a mill since 1832.

13 July 2012 - War Eagle Cavern

On 18 June 2012 we visited War Eagle Cavern in Benton County, Arkansas (just east of Rogers). Located along a bluff above Beaver Lake, War Eagle Cavern contains a spring-fed underground river that empties into the lake. As far as caves go, War Eagle is an easy tour and it lacks impressive formations, but it is surely a worthwhile stop for anyone traveling through the area.

12 July 2012 - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Part Two)

This post completes our photo set from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

11 July 2012 - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Part One)

On 17 June 2012 we visited the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Founded by Alice Walton (daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton) and opened in 2011, Crystal Bridges not only houses an impressive collection of American Art but is an architectural treasure in itself. Designed by Moshe Safdie, the museum consists of a series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds. Tomorrow we will post the remainder of our photos from Crystal Bridges.

10 July 2012 - Walmart Visitor Center

On 17 June 2012 we visited the Walmart Visitor Center in Bentonville, Arkansas. In this building, Sam Walton opened his Walton's Five and Dime in 1950. The predecessor of the global giant Walmart, everything began in this small town store. Today, Bentonville is the home of Walmart and this small store has been converted into a museum telling the story of Sam Walton and Walmart.

09 July 2012 - Gateway Arch

On 16 June 2012 we visited the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis, Missouri. Completed in 1965, this monument to Westward Expansion rises to 630 feet; making it the tallest man-made monument in the United States.

08 July 2012 - Cahokia Mounds

On 16 June 2012 we visited the Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Illinois. The Cahokia Mounds were the center of an ancient Native American city that thrived from 600-1400. Today it is the lagrest archaeological site related to the Mississippian Culture and over 80 earthworks remain on the 2,200 acre site.

07 July 2012 - Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park

On 15-16 June 2012 we visited Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park in East Saint Louis, Illinois. Our very first to the Mississippi River, this park is the counter to Saint Louis' Jefferson Expansion National Memorial (and Gateway Arch). Although it was not running, the park is the home of the Gateway Geyser; which erupts to a height of 630 feet to match the arch on the opposite side of the river. Named after a local war hero and civil rights activitst, Martin Park is also one of the best places to view the Saint Louis skyline.

06 July 2012 - Dick Huffman Covered Bridge

On 15 June 2012 we visited the Dick Huffman Covered Bridge in Putnam County, Indiana. This 267 foot long covered bridge over Big Walnut Creek was built in 1880.

05 July 2012 - Houck Covered Bridge

On 15 June 2012 we visited the Houck Covered Bridge in Putnam County, Indiana. This 210 foot long covered bridge over Big Walnut Creek was built in 1880.

04 July 2012 - Oakalla Covered Bridge

On 15 June 2012 we visited the Oakalla Covered Bridge in Putnam County, Indiana. This 165 foot long covered bridge over Big Walnut Creek was built in 1898.

03 July 2012 - Dunbar Covered Bridge

On 15 June 2012 we visited the Dunbar Covered Bridge in Putnam County, Indiana (just northwest of Greencastle). This 174 foot long covered bridge over the Big Walnut Creek was built in 1880.

02 July 2012 - Putnam County Courthouse

On 15 June 2012 we visited the Putnam County Courthouse in Greencastle, Indiana. This building stands in the center of Greencastle and is surrounded by monuments; perhaps the most notable is the German V-1 'buzz bomb.' One of only a dozen in the United States, it serves as the centerpiece to a war memorial.

01 July 2012 - Downtown (Indianapolis)

On 14 June 2012, for our first stop on our June 2012 Road Trip, we visited Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. We arrived late in the evening so we decided to make the best of it by taking some night photos; mostly along the Canal Walk. 

30 June 2012 - East Grand Boulevard Methodist Church

On 08 June 2012 we visited East Grand Boulevard Methodist Church in Detroit, Michigan. This particular location has been on our 'to do list' for over a year but it has been locked up tightly ever since our first visit back in 2010. Tomorrow we will begin to post the photos from our June 2012 Road Trip which should just about last for the entire month of July. In the meantime we have plenty of plans so that August will be sure to have just as much in store.

29 June 2012 - Samuel C. Mumford High School

On 08 June 2012 we visited the soon-to-be-demolished Samuel C. Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan. This art deco school building has served the Detroit Public Schools and the residents of Detroit's West Side since its opening in 1949. Mumford's Class of 2012 was the last graduating class from this building and a new Mumford building is nearly complete just behind the historic structure. The 1949 building is slated for demolition sometime in July 2012.

28 June 2012 - Detroit Harbor Terminals Building

On 06 June 2012 we visited the Detroit Harbor Terminals Building in Detroit, Michigan. In an unexpected twist, what was intended to be a somewhat routine run through the building and a hopeful chance at capturing some sunset shots became something much better. While awaiting sunset a small but strong storm blew over Downtown Detroit. As darkness fell, we were able to get several shots of lightning behind the city's skyline. Be sure to check these photos out; they are certainly some of my personal favorites so far this year.

27 June 2012 - Crosswinds Marsh

On 05 June 2012 we visited Crosswinds Marsh in Sumpter Township, Michigan (just west of Flat Rock). It was a nice evening and we stayed around for the sunset. Crosswinds Marsh is certainly one of the best places in Metro Detroit for that purpose; enjoy!

26 June 2012 - Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

On 31 May 2012 we made another trip to the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan. This was our first visit to the Projects after dark. Despite the cold, windy, rainy weather, the top of the building was still a nice place to take in the sights of Downtown Detroit. Rumor has it that the Brewster Projects may be coming down this year so we will be keeping an eye out for any signs of demolition and do our best to get back inside before its too late.

25 June 2012 - Stephen Foster Elementary School

On 31 May 2012 we visited Stephen Foster Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan. Since the building's use as a school, it has also housed a Detroit Police forensics lab, but it is now empty. In 2011, Former Detroit Free Press reporter Steve Neavling exposed the Detroit Police's lack of care for the information and evidence left behind in the then open-to-tresspass and unprotected building. The building was cleaned out but has now become open once again. With the sensitive materials removed and the buidling's future unclear, we can only suspect that it has joined the ranks of Detroit's many vacant places awaiting their fate.

24 June 2012 - Michigan City East Pierhead Lighthouse

On 20May 2012 we visited the Michigan City East Pierhead Lighthouse in Michigan City, Indiana. This location completes our posts for our May 2012 Road Trip. Looking out over Lake Michigan, this 1904 lighthouse is one of few such structures in Indiana. 

23 June 2012 - Milwaukee Pierhead Lighthouse

On 19 May 2012 we visited the Milwaukee Pierhead Lighthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This lighthouse sits on the north pier where the Milwaukee River empties into the Milwaukee Harbor and Lake Michigan. The current tower was built in 1906 and is a sister to the nearby Kenosha North Pier Lighthouse.

14 June 2012 - June 2012 Road Trip

Today we are embarking on our June 2012 Road Trip; our largest trip of the year. Please be patient as we will not be posting any photos until our return on 23 June 2012. We will be making our way through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky with over three dozen planned stops along the way. Enjoy the week!

13 June 2012 - Lakeshore State Park

On 19 May 2012 we visited Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This newly created recreational space along Milwaukee's Lake Michigan shoreline provides a nice view of the lake as well as the city's skyline. Connected to other lakefront parks, Lakeshore is a great addition to Milwaukee's increasingly green shoreline.

12 June 2012 - Milwaukee Public Market

On 19 May 2012 we visited the Milwaukee Public Market in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Completed in 2005, the Milwaukee Public Market is one of the latest improvements to the Historic Third Ward district. The move to bring fresh food to the city core has helped revitalize urban living in Milwaukee, as well as preserve the historic nature of the Third Ward by creating a market in a neighborhood that has historically been a hub of market activity for over a century.

10 June 2012 - North Point Lighthouse

On 19 May 2012 we visited the North Point Lighthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Situated in Milwaukee's Lake Park, on top of a bluff over Lake Michigan, the North Point Lighthouse was originally built in 1888. The cast-iron tower was placed on top of a steel structure in 1912 to raise the focal plane of the light. The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and is now open to the public for tours.

08 June 2012 - Miller Brewery (Milwaukee)

On 19 May 2012 we visited the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Today's brewery located in the Miller Valley area of Milwaukee, is a giant that evolved from the small Plank Road Brewery. Purchased by Miller founder Frederick J. Miller in 1855, the brewery was transofrmed into the beer empire we know today.

06 June 2012 - Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)

On 19 May 2012 we visited the Mitchell Park Conservatory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The conservatory is best known for its iconic domes; each with its own distinct climate. The beehive-shaped domes were designed by Donald Grieb and measure 140 feet in diameter. The conservatory opened in 1964 but the last one wasn't completed until 1967. The unique design, along with the beautiful displays inside, has made the Domes a Milwaukee favorite for many.

05 June 2012 - South Shore Park

On 19 May 2012 we visited South Shore Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Located at the southernmost extreme of Milwaukee's Lake Michigan shoreline, South Shore Park is a nice urban oasis for relaxtion and recreation. The view of Downtown and the lake is also quite rewarding.

04 June 2012 - Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse

On 18-19 May 2012 we visited the Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This lighthouse is located at the end of the breakwall dividing Milwaukee Harbor from the open waters of Lake Michigan; protecting the netrance to the Milwaukee River. First lit in 1926, the Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse displays a red light with a focal plane of 67 feet above Lake Michigan.

03 June 2012 - Veterans Park

On 18 May 2012 we visited Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Veterans Park is located along Milwaukee's Lake Michigan shoreline and affords visitors beautiful views of the lake as well as the city skyline.

01 June 2012 - Downtown (Milwaukee)

On 18-19 May 2012 we visited Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This location entry holds all the random photos taken in the Downtown area of Milwaukee during our May 2012 Road Trip. Our adventures brought us through Downtown several times between other photo locations so it is something of a miscellaneous category. 

30 May 2012 - Tripoli Shrine Center

On 18 May 2012 we visited the Tripoli Shrine Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Completed in 1928, the Tripoli Shrine was built to resemble India's Taj Mahal. Home of the Milwaukee Shriners, it was the first Shriners temple in Wisconsin and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

28 May 2012 - Basilica of Saint Josaphat

On 18 May 2012 we visited the Basilica of Saint Josaphat in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The first photo set for our May 2012 Road Trip, Saint Josaphat is one of Milwaukee's most impressive architectural treasures. Modeled after Saint Peter's in Rome, Saint Josaphat was completed in 1901 and is one of 62 minor basilicas in the United States. The massive copper dome atop Saint Josaphat is one of the largest in the world.

26 May 2012 - Frederick W. Higgins Elementary School

On 11 May 2012 we visited Frederick W. Higgins Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan. Closed in recent years due to declining enrollment, Higgins is now victim to scrappers despite efforts made to secure the building.

24 May 2012 - Caroline Crosman Alternative High School

On 11 May 2012 we visited the Caroline Crosman Alternative High School in Detroit, Michigan. Crosman was built in 1911 as an alternative school to help students who were somewhat behind their grade expectations. The school moved out of the building in 2007 and has since fallen into the hands of scrappers.

22 May 2012 - Stinchfield Woods

On 04 May 2012 we visited Stinchfield Woods in Washtenaw County, Michigan (just north of Dexter). Used as a field research area in forest management and sustainable ecosystem management by the University of Michigan, this 777-acre wooded parkland is also popular for its recreational usage. Also interesting is the old Portage Lake Observatory and the University of Michigan Radio Telescope; both located at Stinchfield Woods.

21 May 2012 - Midtown (Detroit)

Throughout the end of April and the beginning of May we made frequent visits to the Midtown area of Detroit, Michigan. After compiling a few shots we have enough to warrant this small update. We hope to have a more in-depth photo set of this neighborhood up before the end of the nice weather season.

17 May 2012 - May 2012 Road Trip

Today we are setting out on our May 2012 Road Trip to the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. We have a few ideas planned and it looks like weather will be great so we are looking forward to the weekend and should have photos up as soon as Memorial Day.

16 May 2012 - Matthaei Botanical Gardens

We just added some photos to our gallery for the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Washtenaw County, Michigan (just east of Ann Arbor).

14 May 2012 - The Star Dream

On 27 April 2012 we visited The Star Dream in Royal Oak, Michigan. Located in Downtown Royal Oak's Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza, The Star Dream sculpture and fountain were designed by Royal Oak's own Marshall Fredericks. Completed in 1997, the statue rises forty feel above the plaza and serves as one of the city's most recognizeable icons.

13 May 2012 - Southwest (Detroit)

On 27 April 2012 we visited the neighborhood of Southwest Detroit in Detroit, Michigan. This outing was unique for us as it was done solely on bicycle. In an effort to experience Detroit in a more comprehansive way, I would like to get off the major roads and see the real character of the city by hitting the back roads. It was surprising how many new places I noticed in this end of the city (closest to home for me). Hopefully we can continue this new, thorough approach to documenting the city (and getting some exercise in the process). 

11 May 2012 - Holland State Park

On 23 April 2012 we visited Holland State Park in Ottawa County, Michigan (just west of Holland). With a great stretch of sandy lake Michigan beachfront, this state park is also known for its nice view of the Holland Harbor Lighthouse (Big Red). Unfortunately our visit was cut short by heavy winds that created a sand storm of sorts as it came off the lake.

08 May 2012 - Windmill Island

On 23 April 2012 we visited Windmill Island in Holland, Michigan. Due to the unseasonably warm weather this year, Holland's famous tulips were predicted to be in bloom early; a couple weeks before the area's Tulip Time Festival; which we had planned to attend. In an effort to see the tulips in the height of their bloom, we changed our plans and headed to Holland in April. While the town was quieter than during the festival, the tulips were perfect as we had hoped and the trip was a success.

07 May 2012 - Cathedral of Saint Anthony

On 08 April 2012 we visited the Cathedral of Saint Anthony in Detroit, Michigan for Easter Sunday services. Although still a small congregation, Father Karl Rodig has taken over the former Saint Anthony Catholic Church building and is turning around the neighborhood. With the old East Catholic High School building now cleared across the street, the future is looking bright for this wonderful church. We would like to thank Father Rodig for his great work in the community as well as for allowing us to photograph during the Easter service. 

06 May 2012 - Lower Humbert Covered Bridge

On 07 April 2012 we visited the Lower Humbert Covered Bridge in Somerset County, Pennsylvania (just north of Ursina). Also known as the Faidley Covered Bridge, this 1891 bridge over Laurel Hill Creek is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

04 May 2012 - Forbes State Forest

On 07 April 2012 we visited Forbes State Forest in Somerset County, Pennsylvania (just west of Meyersdale). We hiked the short trail to Mount David, Pennsylvania's highest point. Our first state high point, Mount Davis only rises slightly above the nearby ridges making it feel somewhat less spectacular than one would hope. Nonetheless it was another first for us and the view from the observation tower was quite nice.

03 May 2012 - Somerset County Courthouse

On 06 April 2012 we visited the Somerset County Courthouse in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Completed in 1906, this Classical Revival building houses the county government in Somerset. At a height of 135 feet, a copper dome rises above the Indiana limestone structure making it the most noticeable building in town.

02 May 2012 - Flight 93 National Memorial

On 06 April 2012 we visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania (just north of Shanksville). While the site is still undergoing the transformation into a National Memorial, it is a somber place of remembrance of what happened on 11 September 2001. Over the next few years the site will see many changes and we hope to be able to go back and visit once again after it is completed.

01 May 2012 - First Presbyterian Church (Johnstown)

On 06 April 2012 we briefly visited First Presbyterian Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. We were a bit rushed as they were about to begin their Goof Friday services but we were able to get a few shots nonetheless. This particular church was of special interest to us due to the similiarities between itself and Detroit's abandoned-but-amazing Woodward Presbyterian Church. The likeness was evident inside as well with the octagonal skylight but absent was the curvy balcony Woodward Presbyterian is known for.

30 April 2012 - Johnstown Flood Museum

On 06 April 2012 we visited the Johnstown Flood Museum in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Located inside the former Cambria Library building which survived the infamous 1889 flood mostly intact. Dedicated to telling the story of the cause, the mayhem and the aftermath of the Johnstown Flood, this museum is a must see for all visitors to understand the event that the Conemaugh Valley will never forget.

29 April 2012 - Downtown (Johnstown)

On 06 April 2012 we visited Downtown Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Situated at the confluence of the Little Conemaugh and the Stonycreek River, Johnstown is a thriving urban center among the hills of rural Southwestern Pennsylvania. Infamous for the 1889 Johnstown Flood that wiped out the town when an upriver dam failed, Johnstown has long since rebuilt itself and its unfortunate past is only a memory.

27 April 2012 - Johnstown Inclined Plane

On 05-06 April 2012 we visited the Johnstown Inclined Plane in Westmont, Pennsylvania. The 1891 inclined plane carries passengers and vehicles nearly 900 feet up a 70 percent grade to the top of Yoder Hill. Built afetr the 1889 Johnstown Flood to help serve as an escaped route for possible future floods. The Johnstown Inclined Plane is belived to be the world's steepest vehicular inclined plane.

25 April 2012 - Resurrection Catholic Church

On 05 April 2012 we visited Resurrection Catholic Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Built in 1911 as Saint Stephen Catholic Church, this historic structure was saved from closure during the 2009 Cambria City (a neighborhood of Johnstown) parish merger chose this church to be the home of the newly created Resurrection Parish. 

23 April 2012 - Grandview Cemetery

On 05 April 2012 we visited Grandview Cemetery in Southmont, Pennsylvania. One of Pennsylvania's largest cemeteries, Grandview is most widely known as the final resting place for many of the victims of the 1889 Johnstown Flood. The most visited area of the cemetery is the Unknown Plot where 777 unidentified Flood victims were buried. 

21 April 2012 - Shaffer Covered Bridge

We are now beginning to upload photos from our April 2012 Road Trip to the Johnstown, Pennsylvania area. This set is from our 05 April 2012 visit to Shaffer Covered Bridge in Somerset County, Pennsylvania (just west of Ferndale). Built in 1877, this wooden covered bridge over Ben's Creek is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

20 April 2012 - East Catholic High School

On 31 March 2012 we visited the demolition site of the old East Catholic High School / Saint Anthony School in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout the last week of of March this historic building met its fate with the wrecking ball. On 31 March 2012 the building fell. Fortunately several architectural pieces were saved from the destruction and preserved by the nearby Cathedral of Saint Anthony. Many former students visited the site to say their final goodbye, making it a somber sight. While Detroit lost another historic structure, we can at least say that the neighborhood will benefit from the loss of the empty, open and neglected building. Also on the bright side, the unobstructed view of the Cathedral of Saint Anthony is very much improved.

18 April 2012 - Toledo Zoo (Part Two)

We just finished uploading our photos from our 26 March 2012 trip to the Toledo Zoo!

17 April 2012 - Toledo Zoo (Part One)

On 26 March 2012 we visited the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio. The Toledo Zoo was founded in 1900 and has become one of the largest and most impressive zoos in Ohio (a state which has an impressive number of respectable zoos). Far exceeding the expectations of a city of Toledo's size, the Toledo Zoo is a common favorite local attraction in the area. The Toledo Zoo also is significant for Sherlock Photography for being our 250th location since beginning in November 2010. Check back tomorrow to see the second half of our set from the Toledo Zoo.

15 April 2012 - Detroit Institute of Arts

On 23 March 2012 we visited the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan once again. We were excited to see that some artworks that had been on loan were back in their rightful place. Check out this update to see what's back on exhibit!

14 April 2012 - Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

On 17 March 2012 we visited the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan. We decided to check out Tower 306 (the last of the four Frederick Douglass Apartment towers to photograph). Distinguishing itself from its three sisters, Tower 306 had been remodeled and today it stands more or less empty.

13 April 2012 - Downtown (Detroit)

On 17 March 2012 we visited Downtown Detroit, Michigan for a small walking tour and photos. Check out of page on Downtown Detroit to see what's new!

12 April 2012 - Stanhope Manor Apartments

On 09 March 2012 we visited Stanhope Manor Apartments in Detroit, Michigan. This 50-unit apartment building was built in the late 1920s. Although it had only been vacant for a few years it has been wide open to trespass. Weather and scrappers have destroyed much of the building.

10 April 2012 - Redford Bowl

On 09 March 2012 we visited the Redford Bowl in Detroit, Michigan. Shuttered in 2001, the old bowling alley sits vacant and awaiting a new buyer. The bowling alley equipment has mostly been salvaged by scrappers but plenty evidence remains such as the wooden lanes and classic chairs.

08 April 2012 - Calvary Presbyterian Church

On 06 March 2012 we visited the old Calvary Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan. This 1916 church building was home to the Calvary Presbyterian parish until it moved in 1991. Used briefly by another small church, it is now left vacant and open to the elements and vandals. Suffering from fire damage and with little left worth saving; the building's future remains uncertain.

05 April 2012 - April 2012 Road Trip

Today we are leaving on our April 2012 Road Trip. We will be visiting Johnstown, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. Here's hoping for some nice Spring-like weather and many nice photos we can bring you in the near future. Check back for our next update on Sunday and enjoy your weekend!

03 April 2012 - Packard Motor Car Company

On 06 March 2012 we visited the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan. Upon hearing the news of a possible demolition in the near future, we decided it was time to finish exploring the parts of Packard that we have not yet seen. It turned out to be a great day for taking photos and we were able to make a large update to our already quite large page for Packard. Nearly a month later, the news of a Packard demo is beginning to look less realisitc so we will likely end up back soon.

01 April 2012 - Dayton Art Institute (Part Two)

We have finished uploading our set of photos from the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio. This completes the uploads for our February 2012 Road Trip.

30 March 2012 - Dayton Art Institute (Part One)

On 24 February 2012 we visited the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio. Housed in an Italian Renaissance style building located on a hill overlooking Downtown Dayton, the DAI is one of several of Ohio's great art museums. Founded in 1919, the DAI has amassed a collection of works far exceeding expectations; considering Dayton's size. Next we will complete this post with a 'Part Two' completing the set.

28 March 2012 - Garden of Hope

On 23 February 2012 we visited the Garden of Hope in Covington, Kentucky. The Garden is centered around a replica of Christ's tomb built atop a mountain overlooking Covington and Cincinnati below. We visited the Garden at night; the eerie solitude atop the mountain stood in contrast to the busy Interstate and city just below. One of my favorite vantage points of the Cincinnati skyline, the Garden of Hope is a worthwhile visit for anyone; regardless of their religious background.

26 March 2012 - Fairview Park

On 23-24 February 2012 we visited Fairview Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fairview is one of several parks located atop a hill providing views of Downtown Cincinnati.

24 March 2012 - Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati

On 23 February 2012 we visited the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati was the first city to establish a full-time, paid, professional fire department in 1853. Housed in a 1907 firehouse, the Fire Museum chronicles the history of firefighting in Cincinnati and the technological advances made along the way.

22 March 2012 - Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral

On 23 February 2012 we visited Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio. Completed in 1845, this massive while limestone Greek Revival sevres as the Catholic Cathedral for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. With its spire reaching 220 feet, it was the tallest building in Cincinnati for decades. 

20 March 2012 - CGB Grain Elevator

On 23 February 2012 we visited the CGB (Consolidated Grain and Barge Company) Grain Elevator in Cincinati, Ohio. Closed since 1993, this partially demolished grain elevator along Mill Creek in western Cincinnati looms large above the decaying neighborhood surrounding it. While the property was free to explore, the lower portions of the stairwells were destroyed, preventing access to the top.

19 March 2012 - Jackson Hill Park

On 23 February 2012 we visited Jackson Hill Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Located atop Mount Auburn, this small park affords a decent view of the city center below. Unfortunately some poorly maintained brush on the hillside obscured the camera's view in many places. Perhaps I need to start looking for a twenty-foot-tall tripod!

18 March 2012 - Mount Echo Park

On 23 February 2012 we visited Mount Echo Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. We started early and got some sunrise shots of Downtown Cincinnati from the high vantage point offered by the park.

17 March 2012 - Cincinnati Art Museum

The second half of our photo set from the Cincinnati Art Museum has been uploaded.

16 March 2012 - Cincinnati Art Museum

On 22 February 2012 we visited the Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. Established in 1881, the CAM was the first purpose-built art museum west of the Alleghenies. Located in Cincinnati's Eden Park, the Romanesque-revival building first opened in 1886 and has seen many additions since. With a collection of over 60,000 artworks, the CAM is one of the Midwest's largest art museums.

14 March 2012 - Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church

On 22 February 2012 we visited Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dedicated in 1879, Saint Francis de Sales dominates the neighborhood of East Walnut Hills on the city's east side. We were fortunate enough to be allowing into the bell tower to see the famous Big Joe; the largest swinging bell ever cast in the United States. The trip to the top, though not our first such experience, was amazing. Climbing a dozen steep, old wooden ladders, half of them in the dark, was quite memorable.

12 March 2012 - Mount Adams (Cincinnati)

On 22 February 2012 we visited the neighborhood of Mount Adams in Cincinnati, Ohio. On a hill overlooking Downtown Cincinnati, Mount Adams is full of bars, restaurants and numerous overlooks with nice skyline views.

10 March 2012 - John A. Roebling Bridge

On 21 February 2012 we visited the John A. Roebling Bridge connecting Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. We stayed on the Kentucky side of the bridge and got several night shots of the famous bridge crossing the Ohio River. Completed in 1866 by John A. Roebling (whi also designed the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, New York), the bridge was once the longest suspension bridge in the world.

08 March 2012 - Covington Riverfront

On several occasions throughout our February 2012 Road Trip (21-24 February 2012) we visited the Ohio Riverfront in Covington, Kentucky. Covington's riverfront provides the perfect vantage point for shots of the Cincinnati skyline across the Ohio River.

06 March 2012 - 2012 Hamtramck Paczki Day

On 21 February 2012 we went to Hamtramck, Michigan to celebrate Paczki Day (Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras). A local tradition for many years, Polish bakeries churn out delicious, calorie-packed paczki (akin to large jelly doughnuts) for patrons to indulge before the start of Lent. Hours long lines form in the cold (and often snow) outside the bakeries; none longer than at New Palace Bakery; the center of the activity. After our stop in Hamtramck we headed off for our February 2012 Road Trip; photos will begin on our next post.

05 March 2012 - Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

On 17 February 2012 we visited the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan. While our main goal was to photograph the Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center, we captured a few shots of the Frederick Douglass Apartments as we walked around the area.

04 March 2012 - Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center

On 17 February 2012 we visited the Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center in Detroit, Michigan. Originally named Brewster Center, this building opened in 1929 to serve recreational needs of the growing African American population of the area. With the construction of the adjacent Brewster-Douglass Housing Project, Brewster Center was a hub of activity for youths in the area. The center closed along with the projects in the late 2000s and the building has now been vacant for several years.

03 March 2012 - Henry Ford Museum

On 10 February 2012 we visited the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. A large part of the museum's collection was not on display on our last visit due to some remodeling of the automobile exhibit. With this addition, our page is a better representation of what the museum has to offer. Shortly in the future neighboring Greenfield Village will open for the warmer seasons and we hope to add a photo set of the museum's sister attraction.

02 March 2012 - Super Bowl XLVI

On 05 February 2012 we visited Indianapolis, Indiana for the festivities surrounding the city's hosting of Super Bowl XLVI. Although we did not have tickets to the game, we were able to check out the sights around Downtown Indy and appreciate the hype and excitement surrounding the world's greatest sporting event. Indianapolis did a great job as host city (though as a Detroiter I am inclined to say Detroit did better). We will be back in Indiana in June and are looking forward to expanding our small collection from the state.

01 March 2012 - Downtown (Detroit)

On 11 February we visited Downtown Detroit, Michigan and checked out the Motown Winter Blast. Not thinking ahead, we went during a down time and did not come home with any good shots of the event but I decided that these photos of Saint Aloysius Church and the David Stott Building were worthy.

29 February 2012 - Price Hill (Cincinnati)

We all seem to want extra time to do the things we must do. Every four years, on 29 February, is the only time we get another day to work with. In tune with today's significance as Leap Day, we decided to break from the ordinary and jump ahead to post our most recently edited set of photos. Though after today we will revert back to our chronologically ordered posts, this set is from the second day of our February 2012 Road Trip to Cincinnati. On 22 February 2012 we hurried to the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio to capture the sunrise over the Cincinnati skyline. Thus far this appears to be our most successful sunrise set from this trip but who knows what gems may lie on the other end of editing. 

27 February 2012 - Anthony Wayne Bridge

On 31 January 2012 we visited the Anthony Wayne Bridge in Toledo, Ohio. Built by the McClintic-Marshall Company in 1931, this suspension bridge carries traffic over the Maumee River and dominates the landscape just south of Toledo's downtown. The view from the middle of the 3,200-foot long bridge is one of the best of the Toledo skyline. We will visit the bridge again on a nicer day to bring you that shot.

25 February 2012 - Sunrise - Woodtick Peninsula

We are back from our February 2012 Road Trip to the Cincinnati, Ohio area and I feel it was quite successful. We expect to begin uploading some trip photos in about a week or so. Until then, here are some photos from our 31 January 2012 visit to the Woodtick Peninsula in Erie Township, Michigan (just south of Luna Pier). The Woodtick Peninsula is a small piece of land that separates the Erie Marsh from Lake Erie. We visited the peninsula for sunrise and made benefit from the ice built up along the lake's shore.

21 February 2012 - February 2012 Road Trip

Today we are embarking on our February 2012 Road Trip to the Cincinnati, Ohio area. We have several destinations planned for all weather likelihoods; including churches, museums, neighborhoods and skyline views. We will be back with our next post on Saturday and we will begin uploading our Cincinnati photos within a couple weeks.

20 February 2012 - Downtown (Detroit)

On 28 January 2012 we visited Downtown Detroit, Michigan. Another small photo set, we just could not resist uploading a few photos talen pre-sunset from a parking structure in Greektown.

19 February 2012 - Southwest (Detroit)

On 28 January 2012 we visited the neighborhood of Southwest Detroit, Michigan. Just as with our previous post for Midtown Detroit; this area is frequented by us regularly but until now we have not created a photo set for it. This upload only includes some shots from a pedestrain bridge over Interstate 75. Over the next few months more will follow as we seek to better represent the neighborhood rather than a small upload such as this.

18 February 2012 - Midtown (Detroit)

On 27 January 2012 we visited the Midtown area of Detroit, Michigan. Although we frequent this area quite a lot it wasn't until now that we found a worthy photo to post. While there is only one photo in this set, we plan to do a more thorough walking/photo tour of the neighborhood as soon as Spring arrives. In the meantime, this shot of Saint Josaphat Catholic Church with the Renaissance Center in the background is a classic view known to all who travel Interstate 75 through this area. The composition of both the old and new; the religious and the secular is an interesting glimpse of Detroit's personality.

16 February 2012 - Harley Ensign Memorial Park

On 27 January 2012 we visited Harley Ensign Memorial Park in Harrison Township, Michigan.  A small park located at the mouth of the Clinton River where it empties into Lake Saint Clair, Harley Ensign is normally a prime location for sunrise photos. While this trip yielded no amazing sunrise shots, the broken ice piling up on the shore made for a unique wintery setting. The only thing more fun than photographing the mountain if ice was climbing it!

14 February 2012 - Downtown (Detroit)

On 26 January 2012 we went to Downtown Detroit, Michigan for a photo walk. It was getting late and very rainy which did not make for a comfortable walk but I think it helped with creating some nice shots. We visited some of the same places we have uploaded earlier in the month; just to get a night verson. I am hoping to focus more on wandering around and documenting whole neighborhood instead of singular locations. This Spring should see some of this as the weather warms up and I dust off my bicycle.

12 February 2012 - 2012 Tip Up Town USA

On 21 January 2012 we attended Tip Up Town USA in Roscommon County, Michigan. The 62nd annual Winter and ice fishing festival is one of the largest events in Northern Michigan; especially during the colder months. As the water freezes over Houghton Lake (the state's largest inland lake), winter recreation opportunities abound. With plenty of action from family-friendly contests, rides and games to the night life scene in and around the adult beverage tent, TUT has something for everyone.

10 February 2012 - 2012 North American International Auto Show

On 20 January 2012 we visited the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Located Downtown at Cobo Center, Detroit's auto show is among the largest in the world. Significant since the Big Three American auto manufacturers call the Detroit area home, the event is one of the largest in the area. Showing automobiles of all types, visitors to the show can get up close and personal from vehicles from everyday cars and trucks to the newest concept models.

08 February 2012 - Downtown (Detroit)

On 13 January 2012 we once again found ourselves wandering around Downtown Detroit, Michigan for photo opportunities.  Basically this excursion was something of a "Part Two" to last week's similar posting. Always searching for a new view of the city, we wandered and roamed until the cold had the best of us. We have been enjoying the mild winter thus far but somewhere behind all that I am still hoping for some good snow.  Spring is creeping up on us and it will be a disappointment if we are unable to photograph any nice wintery scenes.

06 February 2012 - New Center (Detroit)

On 10 January 2012 we visited the New Center area of Detroit, Michigan. Developed in the 1920s, this area about three miles north of Downtown was meant to be something of a 'second downtown.' General Motors built its headquarters in this area (it has since moved Downtown), and New Center's Fisher Building is Detroit's tallest building outside of Downtown.

04 February 2012 - Downtown (Detroit)

On 06 January 2012 we went to Downtown Detroit, Michigan and wandered around for some photos.  Check out our page for Downtown Detroit and see what's new!

02 February 2012 - 2012 Detroit New Years' 'D' Drop

On 31 December 2011 we went to Campus Martius in downtown Detroit, Michigan for the second annual New Years' 'D' Drop.  While the event is still new, the crowds were more impressive than last year; and so was the 'D.' As the 'D' dropped at midnight, Detroit said goodbye to 2011 and rang in the new year. This set (obviously) inculdes our first photos of 2012 and now Sherlock Photography can officially close our chapter on 2011. 2012 promises to be another fantastic year full of photos and travels; the planning has already begun.

31 January 2012 - Saint Clement Catholic Church

On 30 December 2011 we visited Saint Clement Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois.  This completes our uploads for the December 2011 Road Trip to Chicago.  Saint Clement was designed by architect Thomas P. Barnett and built over the previous 1905 structure that the parish had outgrown.  This Lincoln Park neighborhood jewel was modeled after the magnificent Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey.  Dedicated in 1918, the amazing structure is coming up to its 100th anniversary.

30 January 2012 - Armour Square / Chinatown (Chicago)

On 28 December 2011 we visited the Armour Square area of Chicago.  Armour Square is best known for its most distinct area, Chicago's Chinatown.  Hopefully future visits to this area will churn out more photos, I felt I had to include this shot of the Chinatown streetscape.

29 January 2012 - Near West Side (Chicago)

After some thought regarding the issue, I decided that I had a few photos worthy of uploading to the site but not quite enough to thoroughly depict any certain location.  While I have still not determined if it is acceptable to add a new location for just one photo, I figured I would just do it anyways.  With that decision I went back and uploaded this photo from our 14 May 2011 visit to Chicago.  While on the "L" in the Near West Side I captured this photo of the Metra tracks coming into Union Station with some rain-fogged Loop buildings in the background.

29 January 2012 - Near North Side (Chicago)

While in Chicago on our December 2011 Road Trip we frequented the Near North Side neighborhood several times. Known mostly for its Magnificent Mile shopping district, this area just north of the downtown core (also known as The Loop).  While we did not end up with an impressive collection of photos from this area, we did get some shots of the 26-foot tall Marilyn Monroe statue by Seward Johnson. Depicted in her most famous pose from 'The Seven Year Itch,' Monroe stands tall in Pinoeer Court and greets tourists; usually demanding a quick photo opportunity (with most visitors gazing upwards in a distasteful manner).

25 January 2012 - Art Institute of Chicago (Part Two)

We just uploaded Part Two of our post for the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.  This completes our expansive post of the art collections of this magnificent museum.

23 January 2012 - Art Institute of Chicago (Part One)

On 29 December 2011 we visited the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.  This museum's massive collection of artworks has been housed at its current location since 1893.  Although built during the years of Chicago's Columbian Exposition, the Institute dates back to 1879.  With over one million square feet of space, the ARTIC is the second largest art museum in the United States (behind only New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art).  With a collection noted around the world, the ARTIC is surely one of Chicago's premier cultural attractions.  Our photo selection from this location is so large we decided it was best to split the upload into two parts so that viewing each would not be so cumbersome.  Check back this Wednesday (25 January 2012) when we complete this post.

20 January 2012 - Chicago Transit Authority's "L" System

Throughout out December 2011 Road Trip to Chicago we had numerous uses of Chicago's mass transit train system; better known locally as the "L."  Operated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the train system has been referred to as the "L" due to the elevated tracks on which it mostly travels (Subway sections do exist).  The first train cars of this system began rolling in 1892; making the "L" the second oldest such system in the United States (behind New York).  The system is also the second longest system in the United States in total track mileage (also behind New York).  Over 700,000 people use the system on the average weekday making it the third busiest such system in the United States (behind New York and Washington).

18 January 2012 - Saint Michael in Old Town Catholic Church

On 29 December 2011 we visited Saint Michael in Old Town Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois.  Built in 1869 to serve the expanding German immigrant population of north Chicago, Saint Michael in Old Town was once one of the tallest buildings in the city.  In 1871 the great Chicago fire spread from miles away and devastated the church (the building was nearly lost but it was able to be rebuilt).  In 1888 the church's restoration was complete and the building retains much of the same appearance today.  The 290-foot tower continues to dominate the cityscape of Old Town and has become an icon for the area.

16 January 2012 - The Loop (Chicago)

Throughout our December 2011 Road Trip (28-30 December 2011) we were in and out of The Loop; Chicago's central business district.  So-named for the Chicago Transit Authority's elevated train tracks that form a loop in the center of this district.  Known mostly for its old office buildings and soaring skyscrapers, The Loop is the heart of Chicago.  This update includes several shots taken while in The Loop as well as a couple photos from our May 2011 Road Trip to Chicago.

13 January 2012 - Saint Adalbert Catholic Church

Beginning our December 2011 Road Trip, on 28 December 2011 we visited Saint Adalbert Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois.  Completed in 1914 by architect Henry J. Schlacks, this massive Italian Renaissance structure was built for the expanding Polish population of Chicago.  The church's twin 185-foot towers have dominated the Pilsen landscape for nearly a century.  While the Polish presence had faded, Pilsen is now the heart of Chicago's Mexican population and Saint Adalbert remains an important cultural and religious center for the area.

10 January 2012 - University Club

On 13 December 2011 we visited the abandoned University Club in Detroit, Michigan.  Originally built as a men's club, only those with a four-year college degree were considered for admission.  Though the club was founded in 1899, this William E. Kapp-designed structure was built in the collegiate gothic style in 1931.  Due to declining membership, the University Club colsed in 1992 and was then used by the Detroit YMCA/YWCA until 2008.  Not counting the evidence squatters, the building has been vacant ever since.

07 January 2012 - Grand Rapids Art Museum

On 12 November 2011 we visited the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Eastablished in 1910 as the Grand Rapids Art Gallery, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) houses West Michigan's most impressive art collection.  It's collection of over 5,000 works is housed in a new green museum building; the world's first Leadership in Energy and environmental Design (LEED) certified art museum.  In 2010, The GRAM was reported by Crain's Detroit Business to be Michigan's eighth most visited cultural attraction.

04 January 2012 - Wellington Place Apartments

On 09 December 2011 we visited the abandoned Wellington Place Apartments in Detroit, Michigan.  Wellington Place opened in 1909 as the Seward Hotel.  Throughout the years the building's name has changed several times; most using some form of the 'Wellington' name.  While the building has only been vacant since 2009, the neglect of the Wellington would make one think it has been empty for far longer.  The building has been heavily scrapped and torn apart; access to the roof is all but impossible.

02 January 2012 - Eastown Theatre

We just added some photos from our 06 December 2011 visit to the abandoned Eastown Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.  Along with the new year is the reminder that so many of the historic buildings we treasure have met their fate with the passing of 2011.  For Detroit, the most notable loss was the Old Cass Technical High School which was no more this past August.  2012 looks that it will be another year of loss for Detroit's architectural past.  The Eastown is one of the buildings on the endangered list for this year.  The theatre's condition has continued to decline since our first visit back in March 2011.  Rumors are surfacing that the theatre may be facing demolition.  While the remote prospects of saving the building sound nice, there really is little left to save.  Very few of Detroit's historic neighborhood theatres have been able to survive; and those that have are struggling to do so.  The immense neglect of the Eastown seems to make any attempt at saving the building just too costly to take seriously.  We will keep an eye on the theatre and post more information and photos should anything happen one way or the other.  Let's hope that together (Detroiters and outsiders alike) can raise enough awareness and interest in saving our past so that some of these neglected buildings might be saved.

31 December 2011 - Saint Hyacinth Catholic Church

On 02 December 2011 we visited Saint Hyacinth Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  Completed in 1924, this beautiful church is one of Detroit's many Polish Catholic treasures.  Surely one of the most stunning churches in the city, Saint Hyacinth's sanctuary is topped with a ceiling with three domes.  What a fitting place for us to finish off the wonderful year of 2011.  2011 will always stand out as one of the greatest years for Sherlock Photography.  While the vision began (and our first photos were taken) in 2010, 2011 saw the official birth of Sherlock Photography LLC as well as our website SherlockPhoto.com.  Throughout the year we have posted over 2,100 photos of our travels across eight states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada.  We were able to serve several customers in the last few months and we are building a reputation that will help us become more successful in the future.  We welcome 2012 and wish everyone a happy new year.  Don't forget to check back and see what we have in store over the next year of travel and exploration.

27 December 2011 - December 2011 Road Trip

Today we are leaving for our December 2011 Road Trip to Chicago, Illinois.  Although it doesn't look promising we're hoping for some snow-covered city shots.  Regardless of whether or not we get a wintery scene, we have scheduled visits to a few churches so we know we won't come back empty handed.  Check back on Saturday for the last post for 2011!

26 December 2011 - Saint Leo Catholic Church

On 02 December 2011 we visited Saint Leo Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  Built in 1908, this beautiful Catholic church is threatened by closure.  Saint Leo's operates a community outreach program and a soup kitchen that the local poor and homeless rely on for help.  In February, Archbishop Vigneron will make the final decision on whether or not Saint Leo will remain open.  Hopefully this historic building can be saved along with the programs that are in place to help those who need it the most.

23 December 2011 - Fountain Street Church

On 29 November 2011 we visited Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Though its current home was constructed in 1924, Fountain Street's history dates back to 1869 when it was formed as the Fountain Street Baptist Church.  In 1960 the church went independent and has been known for its liberalism in a relatively conservative-minded region.  Fountain Street has welcomed many notable speakers over the years, including Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Robert F. Kennedy and Malcolm X.

21 December 2011 - Saint Mary’s Catholic Church (Grand Rapids)

On 29 November 2011 we visited Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This Gothic church was built in 1873 by Franz Himpler to serve the growing German Catholic population of Grand Rapids.  Known locally for its 200 foot steeple; the church is easily spotted by passersby in the area.  Of particular note are the churches beautiful stained glass windows.  Installed in the 1920s, the windows depict scenes from Mary's life.

19 December 2011 - Highland Recreation Area

On 04 November and 25 November 2011 we visited Highland Recreation Area in Oakland County, Michigan (just north of Milford) for some photos and hiking.  On both visits, we walked the Haven Hill area of the park.  This area was donated to the state by the Edsel Ford family so that the land could be enjoyed by all.  In the center of this area is Haven Hill Lake, created when Ford dammed up a creek and flooded the lowlands.  The remains of Ford home (which has been destroyed by fire) and some outbuildings can still be seen by visitors.

16 December 2011 - Proud Lake Recreation Area

On 18 November 2011 we visited Proud Lake Recreation Area in Oakland County, Michigan (just east of Milford).  We went for a hike through the woods as the early effects of winter began to show their work.  With trees almost fully bare of leaves, little life remained short of a few trees holding out or some berries.  We also spotted our first glimpse of ice.  While the entire trip was pleasant and enjoyable, it was the 'spooky tree' that made this trip complete.

14 December 2011 - East Catholic High School

On 17 November and 20 November 2011 we visited East Catholic High School in Detroit, Michigan.  Built as St. Anthony School adjacent to the old Saint Anthony Catholic Church, this school has been shuttered and left for scrappers and vandals.  Although the church was sold and now operates as the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ's Cathedral of Saint Anthony, the school remains empty and its future uncertain.

13 December 2011 - Ortonville Recreation Area

On 01 November 2011 we visited the Ortonville Recreation Area in Lapeer County, Michigan (just north of Ortonville).  Despite the amazing hike and numerous hills, the lack of leaves on the trees combined with the bright unbroken sunlight did not make for many nice photos.  We almost refrained from making a post from this outing but we felt this one shot was worthy on its own.  Sometime next year we hope to make it back to Ortonville Rec to fill out this location as it deserves.

12 December 2011 - Michigan State Capitol Building

We just added some photos to our page for the Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan.  On 12 November 2011, on our way home from Grand Rapids, we made a stop to get some night shots of the Capitol.

10 December 2011 - Saint Mark's Episcopal Church

On 12 November 2011 we visited Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The church serves as the central leadership congregation for the cathedral-less Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan.  Dedicated in 1849, Saint Mark's is the oldest public building still standing in the city of Grand Rapids.  It's Gothic Revival edifice stands out strongly among the other nearby modern structures in the Downtown area.

08 December 2011 - Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

On 11-12 November 2011 we visited the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Dedicated in 1982 to tell the story of the only U.S. President from Michigan, Gerald R. Ford.  Located along the banks of the Grand River, the burial place of President Ford and First Lady Betty Ford is on the grounds.

06 December 2011 - Grand Rapids Riverfront

On 11-12 November 2011 we went to Grand Rapids for a short overnight trip.  We arrived in the evening and decided to walk the Grand Riverfront through Downtown and take some night shots.  Of particular interest to me were the fishermen wading into the rapids by moonlight.  We came back in the morning the following day and captured a few shots of these fisherman in the daylight as well.

04 December 2011 - Sixth Street Bridge

On 11-12 November 2011 we visited the Sixth Street Bridge in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Built in 1886 by the Massillon Bridge Company, the Sixth Street Bridge carries vehicular traffic over the Grand River; just north of Downtown.  At 544 feet in length, this bridge is the longest pin-connected Pratt truss in the state.

02 December 2011 - Redford Theatre

We just added some photos to our page for the Redford Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.  On 29 October 2011, we visited the theatre for some photos before watching the silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame (accompanied by the Redford's theatre organ).

30 November 2011 - Waterloo Recreation Area

At long last we have recovered from the setbacks incurred from a computer virus.  Regular updates will continue as usual from this point onwards and we apologize for the lack of new material over the last week.  Today we have added photos from our 28 October 2011 visit to the Waterloo Recreation Area in Jackson County, Michigan (just north of Grass Lake).  We went for a short hike and caught some more fall color along the way.  Outdoor photos while hiking seems to have been the trend of late, but this is one of the last trips that really had much color left on the trees.

23 November 2011 - Sunrise - Crosswinds Marsh

We apologize for the relative lack of new material on the site recently, this week may continue to be spotty as far as photo uploads are concerned due to grappling with a computer virus.  Nonetheless, we uploaded a few shots from our 28 October 2011 visit to Crosswinds Marsh in Sumpter Township, Michigan.  We hope to have the issue resolved shortly and we thank you for your patience and continued interest in what we do.

19 November 2011 - The Fillmore Detroit

On 25 October 2011 we visited The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan.  Originally named the State Theatre, but known by a few names throughout the years, it opened in 1925.  Designed by renowned theatre architect C. Howard Crane, The Fillmore is certainly one of the most impressive venues in the city.  We give special thanks to the people at Live Nation for allowing us inside to photograph.

17 November 2011 - Au Sable State Forest (Ogemaw Hills Pathway)

On 22 October 2011 we visited the Ogemaw Hills Pathway (part of the Au Sable State Forest) in Ogemaw County, Michigan.  This small state-maintained set of trails just north of West Branch was the perfect place to escape for some Autumn hiking.  With some fall colors still to be had, the scenery made for an amazing day.  With the impending Winter ahead we have been shifting our focus to the outdoors as much as possible before the temperatures drop; as you will see in a few of our upcoming posts.

16 November 2011 - University of Michigan Museum of Art

The history section is complete for our page on the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  We visited the University of Michigan Museum of Art on 26 April 2011.

15 November 2011 - Model T Automotive Heritage Complex

On 21 October 2011 we visited the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex in Detroit, Michigan.  Located in the historic Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, this museum allows visitors an opportunity to see Detroit's only early automobile factory that is open to the public.  Built in 1904 for the Ford Motor Company, this factory saw the first production of the Ford Model T and put the company on the map.  While Ford only used the plant until 1910, the history that was made here is legendary; especially for Detroit.  Full of antique cars and exhibits on the early auto industry in Detroit, a visit to this museum is a must for all history and auto lovers.

15 November 2011 - Arnold Home

The history section is complete for our page on the Arnold Home in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Arnold Home on 05 May 2011.

13 November 2011 - Trinity Episcopal Church (Toledo)

On 14 October 2011 we visited Trinity Episcopal Church in Toledo, Ohio.  Trinity Episcopal Church dates back to 1863 and is one of the oldest houses of worship in Toledo.  Recently restored, Trinity certainly stands out as one of Downtown Toledo's architectural and historic gems.

13 November 2011 - Woodlawn Cemetery (Detroit)

The history section is complete for our page on Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Woodlawn on 04 May 2011.

11 November 2011 - Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

On 14 October 2011 we visited Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio.  This small but beautiful church is located on the outskirts of Downtown Toledo.

09 November 2011 - Cuyahoga Valley National Park

On 10 October 2011 we visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Summit County, Ohio.  Wrapping up our October 2011 Road Trip, this short visit consisted only of visiting the park's famous Brandywine Falls.  My leg injury, sustained the previous day while photographing the Ashtabula Harbor Lighthouse prevented me from wandering too far around the park.  Despite this setback, I was able to make it down the steep banks of Brandywine Creek and get a couple photos from the base of the falls.

08 November 2011 - Columbus Road Lift Bridge

We just added some photos to our page for the Columbus Road Lift Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.  We last visited this bridge on 09 October 2011; on the last leg of our October 2011 Road Trip.  We wanted to add some more night shots from this area, and make another trip to see this bridge before its impending removal.

07 November 2011 - Heritage Park

We just added some photos to our page for Heritage Park in Cleveland, Ohio.  We last visited Heritage Park on 09 October 2011; on the last leg of our October 2011 Road Trip.  We were lucky enough to get there in time to see the freighter Sam Laud passing down the Cuyahoga River just before dark.

05 November 2011 - Ashtabula Harbor Lighthouse

On 09 October 2011 we visited the Asthabula Harbor Lighthouse in Ashtabula, Ohio.  This lighthouse was built in 1905 but has only stood at its current location since 1915.  The forty foot tower was the last light on the Great Lakes to be manned; it was not automated until 1973.  Situated one mile out along Ashtabula's west breakwater.  Climbing over the rocks to get access to the light was quite dangerous but only minor injuries were sustained.

03 November 2011 - Letchworth State Park

Part Two of our photo set for Letchworth State Park is ready for viewing.

01 November 2011 - Letchworth State Park

The first (and major) stop on our October 2011 Road Trip was Letchworth State Park in Wyoming and Livingston Counties, New York.  On 07-08 October 2011 we visited Letchworth State Park.  Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth surrounds a several hundred foot deep gorge created by the Genesee River.  Home to numerous waterfalls and miles of amazing hiking trails, Letchworth was the setting for our fall colors trip.  While we were not so lucky to arrive during peak colors, our trip was quite enjoyable.  Check back soon to see part #2 of our Letchworth photos.

30 October 2011 - Downtown (Cleveland)

On 30 September 2011 we visited Cleveland, Ohio to take some photos.  Arriving in the wee hours of the morning; long before sunrise, we wandered around Downtown in search for eye-catching photo opportunities.  We decided to create a location for these random Downtown Cleveland shots so that you can see them now without having to wait for enough photos to accumulate to warrant a dedicated location page on the site.  As we build up more shots of this area, some of these photos may be moved to another, more specific page.

28 October 2011 - Downtown (Detroit)

Upon gathering several miscellaneous photos from Downtown Detroit, we decided that until there were enough photos from a specific location we would combine them into a page for your viewing.  These photos are from our 03 August 2011 and 22 September 2011 visits to the city.  Walking around town proved for some nice shots but not enough of any one location to warrant a page.  As we continue to obtain more shots in this area, these photos may be moved to a new home.  In the meantime consider this a holding area for those random photos.

26 October 2011 - Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

On 21 September 2011 we visited Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  Completed in 1919 for a growing Belgian Catholic congregation, this East Side church is one of several designed by Peter Dederichs in the city.

24 October 2011 - Assumption Grotto Catholic Church

On 21 September 2011 we visited Assumption Grotto Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  The church structure dates to 1929 but the parish is far older; it is the second oldest Catholic parish in what is now Detroit.  The church is noted for the grotto that stands on the cemetery grounds (not pictures; gates were locked at the time of our visit) which was built in 1881 as a replica to the grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes in France.

21 October 2011 - October 2011 Road Trip #2

Today we are leaving for our second road trip for the month of October 2011.  We will be heading to northern Michigan to hit some trails before wintery weather begins to set in.  Hopefully we will be able to get some nice outdoor photos along the way.  Check back Monday for our next update.

20 October 2011 - Fort Street Bridge

We just added some photos to our page for the Fort Street Bridge in Detroit, Michigan.  On 18 September 2011, while we were passing nearby, the drawbridge was opened for the freighter Herbert C. Jackson traveling upbound on the Rouge River.  We stopped for a few quick shots of the ship passing through the opened bridge.

19 October 2011 - Fort Street Presbyterian Church

On 18 September 2011 we visited the Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan.  Re-built in 1876 according to the original 1855 building's specifications (it had been destroyed by fire), Fort Street Presbyterian Church is a downtown Detroit landmark.  With a 265-foot steeple, the church held the rank of Michigan's tallest building for more than three decades.

17 October 2011 - Belle Isle Nature Zoo

On 16 September 2011 we visited the old Belle Isle Nature Zoo in Detroit, Michigan.  The old Belle Isle Nature Zoo opened in 1895 as the Detroit Zoo and became a Children's Zoo when the Zoo moved to Royal Oak.  Closed in 2002, what is left of the Belle Isle Nature Zoo is now overgrown and eerily empty.

15 October 2011 - Detroit Zoo

On 13 September 2011 we visited the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Michigan.  The 125-acre zoological park opened in 1928 as the first cageless zoo in the United States; although the Zoo was organized in 1883.  Today it is home to over 6,800 animals, making it the largest zoo in the state of Michigan.

13 October 2011 - Packard Motor Car Company

On 09 September 2011 we made another visit to the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.  Each time we go back to Packard, I find myself surprised how fast scrappers are working to remove the large steel sheds between the wings of the main structure.  As usual, scrappers were on location finsihing off the last major shed on the north end of the site.

07 October 2011 - October 2011 Road Trip

Today we are leaving for our October 2011 Road Trip to Letchworth State Park in New York.  The primary goal of this trip is to capture some fall colors in the beautiful 'Grand Canyon of the East,' with a brief swing through Buffalo.  Yesterday we completed the posts for our September 2011 Road Trip, and we should be able to start posting our October trip's photos within the next week or so.

06 October 2011 - Mackinac Bridge Walk

On 05 September 2011 we took part in the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk in Mackinaw City, Michigan.  Every year on Labor Day, some vehicle lanes are opened up to walkers who choose to take part in this event.  This is the only time that the bridge is open to pedestrians, and it gathers large crowds as one of northern Michigan's most famous traditions.  The over five mile walk across one of the longest suspension spans in the nation offers walkers amazing views of the Straits of Mackinac below as well as the chance to get up close and personal with the iconic "Mighty Mac."

04 October 2011 - Seven Springs Nature Preserve

On 04 September 2011 we visited Seven Springs Nature Preserve in Cheboygan County, Michigan (just north of Indian River).  While small, this nice patch of parkland on the east side of Burt Lake is a nice place to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  We arrived late in the day and focused our efforts on catching a sunset.  It was windy and cold and made for nice views but the sunset was not spectacular.  

02 October 2011 - Petoskey State Park

On 04 September 2011 we visited Petoskey State Park in Emmet County, Michigan (just east of Petoskey).  Petoskey State Park is a 303 acre park on Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay.  Highlights of the park include its beach, sand dunes and Old Baldy.

01 October 2011 - Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

On 04 September 2011 we visited the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan.  Located on Lake Huron, immediately east of the southern end of the Mackinac Bridge, this lighthouse was completed in 1892.  Decommissioned in 1957, the building is now part of a maritime museum.  Visitors can tour the structure and climb the 50 foot light tower to see impressive views of the Straits and the Mighty Mac Bridge.

30 September 2011 - Mackinac Bridge

On 04 September 2011 we visited the Mackinac Bridge which connects Mackinaw City, Michigan with Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Designed by David B. Steinman and completed in 1957, this suspension bridge is the third longest suspension span in the United States.  Just over five miles in length and with two towers rising over 550 feet above the water surface, the "Mighty Mac" is one of Northern Michigan's most iconic treasures.

29 September 2011 - McGulpin Point Lighthouse

On 04 September 2011 we visited the McGulpin Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Michigan.  Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, this lighthouse was constructed in 1869 and is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Straits of Mackinac region.  Deactivated and privatized in 1906, the lighthouse had been used as a private residence for over a century.  In 2009, Emmet County purchased the property, re-lit the lantern and opened the lighthouse as a museum.

28 September 2011 - The Headlands

On 04 September 2011 we visited The Headlands in Emmet County, Michigan (just west of Mackinaw City).  The Headlands is a county park located on Lake Michigan on the Straits of Mackinac.  With stunning views of the Mackinac Bridge and over 500 acres of wilderness, this park is a great escape from the busyness of nearby Mackinaw City.  Recently designated a Dark Sky Park, The Headlands is a growing tourist destination in its own right.

27 September 2011 - Cheboygan Crib Light

On 03 September 2011 we visited the Cheboygan Crib Lighthouse in Cheboygan, Michigan.  The Cheboygan Crib Light was originally built in 1884 and located in Lake Huron just off Cheboygan's shore.  The light that stands today is not the original light; it was rebuilt in 1903 to replace the earlier wooden structure.  In 1984, the automated light was deemed unnecessary by the U.S. Coast Guard and relocated to its current home on Cheboygan's west pier.  The twenty-five foot tower welcomes mariners at the point where the Cheboygan River meets Lake Huron.

26 September 2011 - Black Mountain Recreation Area

On 03 September 2011 we visited the Black Mountain Recreation Area in Presque Isle County, Michigan (just north of Onaway).  We did a 4.5 hour hike through the woods (the first hour of which was in the rain).  Something about the rain brought the woods to life and, despite having to hide behind a poncho, it made the trip surprisingly enjoyable.

25 September 2011 - Miss Liberty

On 03 September 2011 we visited Miss Liberty (Public Art) in Onaway, Michigan.  The second Moran Iron Works piece we visited, Miss Liberty was built in 2008 for Onaway's annual Fourth of July Parade and was donated to the community.

25 September 2011 - Saint Agnes Catholic Church

Check out our page for Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 02 September 2011 visit.

24 September 2011 - George Washington

The series from our September 2011 Road Trip begins with this new location.  On 03 September 2011 we visited George Washington (Public Art) in Cheboygan County, Michigan (just west of Onaway).  Completed in 1998 by the Moran Iron Works located next door, this twelve foot, three ton steel bust of our first president greets passing motorists heading into nearby Onaway.  One of many such strange roadside attractions built by Moran Iron Works, this piece of art is known for causing unsuspecting visitors to pull over to see what it's about.

23 September 2011 - Fisher Body Plant 21

We just added some photos to our page for Fisher Body Plant 21 in Detroit, Michigan.  On 25 August 2011 we made another visit to the famed urbex location and set out sights on the water tower high above the building.  Our first water tower ascent was rewarded with some amazing views of the surrounding industrial area from the seldon seem vantage point.

22 September 2011 - James Scott Memorial Fountain

On 25 August 2011 we visited the James Scott Memorial Fountain in Detroit, Michigan.  Completed in 1925 by a bequest to the City of Detroit from James Scott, the Cass Gilbert-designed fountain has a base diameter of 510 feet and a spray heights of 125 feet.  Situated near the western end of Belle Isle, the Scott Fountain is one of Detroit's architectural treasures.  

21 September 2011 - Packard Motor Car Company

We just posted some more photos on our page for the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan.  We made another visit to the famed East Side urbex location on 24 August 2011.  As the complex continues to suffer from scrappers and fires, the changes are becoming ever more noticeable.  The tall water towers and steel sheds that dotted the plant are now gone.

21 September 2011 - Grand Trunk Warehouse and Cold Storage

We just added a couple photos of the Grand Trunk Warehouse and Cold Storage in Detroit, Michigan.  These are just a couple photos of the exterior of the building that we should have gotten on our first trip.

20 September 2011 - Matthaei Botanical Gardens

On 23 August 2011 we visited the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Washtenaw County, Michigan (just east of Ann Arbor).  Operated by the University of Michigan, the Botanical Gardens has 300 acres of grounds and a conservatory.  Our visit was mostly confined to the conservatory area, but we hope to make it back sometime to photograph the natural areas and trails.

19 September 2011 - Flint Institute of Arts

The final post from our August 2011 Road Trip is now online.  On 07 August 2011 we visited the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan.  While awaiting permissions from the museum to post these photos online we continued posting other photos from this trip.  The museum was established in 1928 and is one of Michigan's art gems.  The permanent collection includes several big names of the art world, and the breadth of the collection is also impressive.  For a city of Flint's size, the FIA exceeds any visitor's expectations.

19 September 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

We just posted another photo from the Old Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan.  Demolished earlier this Summer, the photo shows the cleanup of the site on 24 August 2011.  To date, the only plan for the site is a parking lot and possible athletic field for the new Cass Techinical High School next door.  The foundations of the structure can still be seen but remnants of the building are quickly fading into the past.

18 September 2011 - Au Sable State Forest (Denton Loop)

On 13 August 2011 we visited the Au Sable State Forest in Roscommon County, Michigan (just south of Houghton Lake).  We hiked some of the Denton Loop ATV Trails since the rainy day made for a poor time at the lake.  Drenched our or first visit of the day we went back determined to get some shots before heading home from our August 2011 Road Trip.  Tomorrow we plan to complete the posts for this trip with the Flint Institute of Art; which we skipped in order to attain permission from the museum which we have been granted.

17 September 2011 - Hartwick Pines State Park

On 11 August 2011 we visited Hartwick Pines State Park in Crawford County, Michigan (just North of Grayling).  We hiked the Old Growth Trail through a stand of 300+ year old pines trees and visited the Chapel in the Woods.  The park, which was previously used for logging, has preserved logging history with a museum and several pieces of equipment throughout the park; most notably the logging wheels for which the park is known.  Although a brief hike, we were able to capture some good shots.  We hope to make it back up there again next year to hike some longer trails.

16 September 2011 - Michigan Firemen's Memorial

On 11 August 2011 we visited the Michigan Firemen's Memorial in Roscommon County, Michigan (just outside Roscommon).  Built to honor Michigan's fallen firefighters, this memorial draws tourists off nearby Interstate 75 to pay their respects to the everyday heroes that serve and protect our communities.

15 September 2011 - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

On 10 August 2011 we visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  The large park stretches along the Lake Michigan shoreline; mostly between Frankfort, Michigan and Leland, Michigan.  We focused on the Empire Bluffs Trail, the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and Pyramid Point.  Established as a park in 1970 to protect the natural features of the area, the park was recently honored by ABC's Good Morning America as the "Most Beautiful Place in America."  We believe they might just be right.

15 September 2011 - Michigan Central Station

On 24 August 2011 we made a stop by the Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Michigan.  We were happy to see that the rumor that the property owner was removing asbestos and replacing the long-broken windows appear to be true.  We added a photo of workers preparing one of the front windows for the installation of new glass.

14 September 2011 - Sunset - Houghton Lake

During our August 2011 Road Trip, we stayed on Houghton Lake.  We were right on the shoreline so we were prepared to get sunrise and sunset pictures every day.  Unfortunately luck was not on our side and most often they were less than spectacular.  Nonetheless we were able to capture a couple decent sunsets and here they are!

13 September 2011 - Big Sable Point Lighthouse

On 08 August 2011 we visited the Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Mason County, Michigan (just north of Ludington).  Located within Ludington State Park, this Lake Michigan lighthouse stands 112 feet tall and was first lit in 1867.

12 September 2011 - Ludington State Park

On 08 August 2011 we visited Ludington State Park in Mason County, Michigan (just north of Ludington).  Once there we walked nearly two miles along the Lake Michigan beach to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse (photos of which will be included in the next post) before walking the duneside trail back to the car.

12 September 2011 - Toledo Museum of Art

The history section is complete on our page for the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio.  We visited the Toledo Museum of Art on 27 April 2011.

11 September 2011 - Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse

On 08 August 2011 we visited the Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse in Ludington, Michigan.  This 57 foot tall steel-plated lighthouse sits at the end of Ludington's North Breakwater where the Pere Marquette River meets Lake Michigan.  Guiding mariners into the protected harbor on the lake's eastern shore, this lighthouse has stood guard at this site since 1924.

10 September 2011 - Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (Flint)

On 07 August 2011 we visited Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Flint, Michigan.  Completed in 1873, this Gordon W. Lloyd-designed structure is one of Flint's oldest and most beautiful churches.  One of the things that made this church memorable was the 'Eastern Morning' stained glass window designed by and signed by Louis C. Tiffany.

09 September 2011 - Saint Matthew Catholic Church

On 07 August 2011 we visited Saint Matthew Catholic Church in Flint, Michigan.  Opened in 1914 as Flint's third Catholic parish, Saint Matthew was built to serve the growing needs of Flint's Catholic community as the population boomed from the rise of the auto industry.

08 September 2011 - Philip A. Hart Plaza

On 02 September 2011 we visited Philip A. Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan.  An urban park-like setting in Downtown Detroit along the Detroit Riverfront, Hart Plaza is the main setting for Detroit's festivals, summer concerts, and the ending place for most parades and marches.  With impressive views of the city's skyline, Hart Plaza is also the home of the Horace Dodge Fountain.

08 September 2011 - Thorn Apple Valley Slaughterhouse

We just added some photos from our 01 August 2011 outing to the Thorn Apple Valley Slaughterhouse in Detroit, Michigan.  Rushed out during our earlier visit, this trip allowed for us to spend some more time taking photos and even a small walk through the old Dequindre Cut.  

07 September 2011 - Saint Agnes Catholic Church

We just went through some of our photos from our 17 July 2011 trip to Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We added several photos to our page for this location, mostly of the adjoining school building and a few shots from the roof.

07 September 2011 - Brewster - Douglass Housing Projects

We just added some photos from our 02 August 2011 outing at the Brewster - Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan.  On that visit we photographed Frederick Douglass Apartments Tower 305.  Identical in design to the building from our previous visit, Tower 301, the rooms inside and the debris left behind are unique.

06 September 2011 - First Presbyterian Church (Flint)

We are home from our September 2011 Road Trip to northern Michigan and we have many more photos to bring you in the upcoming weeks.  We are a little behind due to all the places we've been this summer, but we are ready to begin posting the photos from our August 2011 Road Trip.  On 07 August 2011 we visited First Presbyterian Church in Flint, Michigan.  One of Flint's oldest congregations, First Presbyterian was formed as a Congregational parish in 1837.  Parts of the current building date back to 1885, and the main sanctuary was completed in 1929.  The church is proud to boast two Tiffany stained glass windows, both of which are pictured on our location page.

02 September 2011 - September 2011 Road Trip

Today we are leaving for our September 2011 Road Trip to Northern Michigan.  We will be in the Mackinaw City area for the weekend, and plan on doing the Labor Day Bridge Walk across the Mackinac Bridge on Monday.  We plan to be back home and post an update on 05 September 2011.  Have a great holiday weekend!

01 September 2011 - Good Shepherd Catholic Church

On 26 July 2011 we visited Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio.  We were unable to find much information on this 1901 church but I have long wanted to get inside this beautiful building; whose massive copper dome has intrigued me for years.  The interior of the church was certainly in equal with the impressive exterior, and the inside of the dome was a sight to behold.  Few churches in the area are designed to incorporate a dome, and Good Shepherd does a wonderful job of breaking the mold among Toledo churches.

01 September 2011 - Saint Stephen Catholic Church

On 26 July 2011 we visited Saint Stephen Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio.  Built in 1914, this Hungarian Catholic church on Toledo's East Side was a nice place to wrap up our day of 'churching.'

31 August 2011 - Historic Church of Saint Patrick

On 26 July 2011 we visited the Historic Church of Saint Patrick in Toledo, Ohio.  Completed in 1901, this Catholic church is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the Toledo area.  Saint Patrick's sits atop the highest point in the city and is prone to lightning strikes.  In 1980, lightning set the steeple ablaze and damaged the roof of the church.  Through the generous bequest of a parishoner, the church recently underwent a renovation which included the replacement of the steeple lost to the fire thirty years ago.

30 August 2011 - Saint Albertus Church

On 17 July 2011 we visited Saint Albertus Church in Detroit, Michigan.  Saint Albertus was built in 1885 to replace the smaller building that served at Detroit's first Polish Catholic Church.  Saint Albertus' ornately decorated sanctuary ranks among the most impressive in the city.  While the Catholic Archdiocese closed the parish in 1990, a group of parishoners formed the Polish American Historic Site Association (PASHA) and continue to keep the church operating for monthly services, tours and weddings.  Detroit's oldest Polish church seems to have escaped the abandonment that has followed so many other closures.

29 August 2011 - Saint Michael Archangel Catholic Church

On 14 July 2011 we visited Saint Michael Archangel Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio; the last stop of our July 2011 Road Trip.  Saint Michael Archangel Catholic Church is one of Cleveland's most beautiful and massive church structures.  Completed in 1892, this is the second church we have visited desgined by noted architect Adolphus Druiding (the other being Saint Mary in Delaware, Ohio).  Once inside it was absolutly breath taking; up to par with even the best Detroit churches we have seen.

29 August 2011 - Jefferson Avenue Bridge

The history section is complete on our page for the Jefferson Avenue Bridge in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited the Jefferson Avenue Bridge on 03 June 2011.

28 August 2011 - Viaduct Park

On 14 July 2011 we visited Viaduct Park in Bedford, Ohio.  This park is centered around the 1865 viaduct that crosses Tinkers Creek gorge.  Just upstream fro mthe Viaduct visitors can view Great Falls, an approximately fifteen foot falls and the highest on Tinkers Creek.  Also, the ruins of an 1800s power plant and mill race can be found within the park.  A walk through the tunnel below the viaduct was certainly one of the neatest parts of our visit.

27 August 2011 - Bedford Reservation

On 14 July 2011 we visited the Bedford Reservation in Walton Hills, Ohio.  Due to time constraints, we were only able to visit a small portion of the park; part of the Cleveland Metroparks system.  We ended up with a few photos of Bridal Veil Falls and then moved onwards.  We hope to get back to Bedford Reservation sometime next year and we will be able to bring you more photos from other locations within the park.

26 August 2011 - Heritage Park

On 13 July 2011 we visited Heritage Park in Cleveland, Ohio.  Situated along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in the Flats area, Heritage Park is a great place to view the Cleveland skyline.  We were especially lucky during our visit; the Calumet (a Great lakes freighter) passed us heading downriver to deliver its load.  The Cuyahoga River (whose name comes from a Native word for 'crooked,' twists and turns, making navigation quite difficult for a vessel of the Calumet's size.  Watching the ship slowly maneuver through the bends to either side of our viewpoint was a sight to behold.

26 August 2011 - Ypsilanti Water Tower

The history section is complete on our page for the Ypsilanti Water Tower in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  We visited the Ypsilanti Water Tower on 31 May 2011.

26 August 2011 - Crosswinds Marsh

The history section is complete on our page for Crosswinds Marsh in Sumpter Township, Michigan.  We last visited Crosswinds Marsh on 19 March 2011.

25 August 2011 - Columbus Road Lift Bridge

On 13 July 2011 we visited the Columbus Road Lift Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.  In the middle of the Flats area, the Columbus Road Lift Bridge crosses the Cuyahoga River is slated for replacement later this year.  The 1940 bridge is in its last days so we were lucky to get a chance to see it before it's gone.  Luck was also with us in another respect; during our night time visit, the bridge operator was kind enough to open the bridge for us.

25 August 2011 - Saint Mary Catholic Church (Delaware)

The history section is complete for our page on Saint Mary Catholic Church in Delaware, Ohio.  We visited Saint Mary's on 18 April 2011.

25 August 2011 - Mount Washington (Pittsburgh)

The history section is complete for our page on Mount Washington in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  We visited Mount Washington on 29 December 2010.

24 August 2011 - Old River Road Bridge

On 13 July 2011 we visited the Old River Road Bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio.  At this point I am unable to find much information about this historic lift bridge and the adjoining Railroad lift bridge, but I will continue to look into it for our history section.  

24 August 2011 - Cleveland Flats

On 13 July 2011 we visited the Flats in Cleveland, Ohio.  The low-lying area along the banks of the Cuyahoga River, the Flats, is perhaps the most interesting area of Cleveland.  Once a purely industrial area, the Flats is becoming a destination for entertainment and increasingly, homeowners.  Situated below Downtown and Ohio City, the Flats area is full of industrial history, and also the home of many of Cleveland's notable bridges.  With great views of Downtown and the occassional passing freighter, this area should not be missed when visiting the city.

23 August 2011 - Hope Memorial Bridge

On 13 July 2011 we visited the Hope Memorial Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.  Completed in 1932, this Fixed Truss Bridge over the Cuyahoga River was designed in the Art Deco style and is most recignizable due to the 'Guardians of Trafic.'  The Guardians are the four massive sculpted pylons symbolizing progress in transportation; a pair is found at each end of the bridge.

22 August 2011 - West Side Market

On 13 July 2011 we visited the West Side Market in Cleveland, Ohio.  The oldest operating indoor/outdoor market in Cleveland, West Side Market began in 1840.  The building on the current site dates to 1912.  Clevelanders and food loving tourists from all around come to visit the West Side Market which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.  Both a tradition and a treasure for the City of Cleveland, few public places in the city have such historic value as the Market.

21 August 2011 - Saint Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church

On 13 July 2011 we visited the abandoned Saint Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio.  Now severely damaged by the years of being open to the elements, the once beautiful building is but a shadow of its historic splendor.  Built in 1933 to serve a growing parish on the East Side of Cleveland, the church has since been sold off and the parish moved to the suburbs due to declining membership.

20 August 2011 - Lake View Cemetery

On 13 July 2011 we embarked on our July 2011 Road Trip to Cleveland, Ohio.  Our first stop was Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland's most prestigious burial ground.  Founded in 1869, Lake View is the final resting place for many notbale people, including President James Garfield and JOhn D. Rockefeller.

20 August 2011 - Riverside Park

The history section is complete on our page for Riverside Park in Detroit, Michigan.  We last visited Riverside on 26 June 2011.

19 August 2011 - Dieppe Gardens

On 12 July 2011 we visited Dieppe Gardens in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  This park along the Detroit River in downtown Windsor is a well-maintained garden that offers an amazing view of the Detroit skyline.  Landscaped beautifully in flowers and trees, Dieppe Gardens is also home to several war memorials dedicated to Canadians who served their country.

19 August 2011 - Riverfront Civic Terrace and Festival Plaza

On 12 July 2011 we visited Riverfront Civic Terrace and Festival Plaza in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  Located downtown along the Detroit River shoreline, the Civic Terrace and Festival Plaza is the site chosen for many of Windsor's outdoor events and festivals.  With an impressive view of the river and the Detroit skyline, this small piece of Windsor's waterfront is often bustling with activity.  When an event is not taking place, the area is often full of people enjoying the scenery or engaging in various forms of outdoor recreation (most commonly walking, running, roller skating and biking) along the riverfront pathway.

18 August 2011 - Fort Malden

On 12 July 2011 we visited Fort Malden in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.  Now operated by Parks Canada as a National Historic Site, the construction of Fort Malden began in 1796 when the Jay Treaty required Great Britain to cede Fort Detroit to the United States.  As Upper Canada's fort along the Detroit River, Fort Malden was an important stronghold for the British during the War of 1812.  Serving as a Fort until 1851, Fort Malden has since been used as a lunatic asylum and is now a National Park.

18 August 2011 - Odette Sculpture Park

On 12 July 2011 we visited Odette Sculpture Park in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  Odette Sculpture Park is a beautiful park along the Canadian shore of the Detroit River.  The park boasts spectacular views of the Detroit skyline, the Ambassador Bridge and often times passing ships traveling the Great Lakes waterway.  The key features of the park are the 31 large-scale contemporary sculptures that are scattered throughout the park.  Odette is a great place to enjoy the outdoors, art and scenery without ever having to leave the city.

17 August 2011 - Ambassador Bridge (Windsor)

On 12 July 2011 we visited the Ambassador Bridge which spans the Detroit River to connect Detroit, Michigan to Windsor, Canada.  The Ambassador is the busiest international border crossing in North America in terms of trade.  At nearly a mile and a half long and with a 52 foot clearance above the river below, the Ambassador dominates the landscape along both city's riverfronts.  Opened to traffic in 1929, the bridge once boasted the longest suspended central span in the world.  Long since surpassed, the historic bridge continues to impress travelers as they marvel at the views of downtown Detroit from high above the river.

16 August 2011 - Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church

On 12 July 2011 we visited Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Windsor, Ontario.  Our first location outside the United States, this Canadian church was a worthy stop; being the oldest continuously operating parish in the Province of Ontario.  The church was established as a mission by the Jesuits in 1728, and it became officially recognized as a parish in 1767.  The current building was completed in 1845, though many additions have been made since to bring the church to its modern state.

15 August 2011 - Grand Trunk Warehouse and Cold Storage

On 05 July 2011 we visited Grand Trunk Warehouse and Cold Storage in Detroit, Michigan.  An abandoned warehouse near Detroit's Milwaukee Junction, the Grand Trunk Warehouse and Cold Storage appears to have been built sometime between 1944 and 1952.  Once used mostly for the storage of frozen foods coming in from the railroad, the warehouse has been closed for nearly a decade.  Trough the combined efforts of the rotting foods that were never cleared from the building, and the fire damage on the upper floors; the noxious smell can become unbearable.

14 August 2011 - Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church

We just arrived home from our August 2011 Road Trip to Northern Michigan.  Many new photos are in store as we continue to update the site with new locations for your viewing.  Getting back to where we left off, on 05 July 2011 we visited Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  One of Detroit's older churches, Our Lady of the Rosary was built in 1896 as Saint Joseph's Episcopal Church.  Soon after Saint Joseph's moved further up Woodward Avenue to their current home (Click Here to View), Our Lady of the Rosary took over the building and has been located at the site ever since.

07 August 2011 - August 2011 Road Trip

Today we are leaving for our August 2011 Road Trip to Northern Michigan.  We will be staying at Houghton Lake, Michigan for the week; taking day trips to Lake Michigan cities and possibly elsewhere if weather cooperates.

07 August 2011 - Cleveland Museum of Art

On 03 July 2011 we visited the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio.  The last stop on our June 2011 Road Trip, the Cleveland Museum of Art is our favorite art museum in the State of Ohio.  The museum opened in 1916 and has shared its amazing collection with the public for free ever since.  Home to numerous artworks by the world's most respected artists, a visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art will impress any art lover.

06 August 2011 - National Aviary

On 03 July 2011 on the final leg of our June 2011 Road Trip we visited the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The National Aviary is America's only independent indoor non-profit aviary, and also America's largest.  Home to more than 600 birds representing over 200 species, the National Aviary cares for and exhibits many endangered and threatened birds.  The nation's 'bird zoo' is one of Pittsburgh's greatest attractions.  At the National Aviary you can get a hands-on experience that lets you get up close and personal with some of the birds and surely leaves you with memories you won't soon forget.

05 August 2011 - Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

On 02 July 2011 we visited the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.  Our last stop in Baltimore before the home stretch of our June 2011 Road Trip, the Poe House is thought to have been built in 1830.  Poe moved into the house with his aunt in 1833 and lived there for some years.  Poe stayed in the third floor room nearest the roof which stood only six feet high at its tallest point.  Spared from demolition during the building of the Poe Homes housing projects, the Poe House and Museum is a bit off the beaten path for tourists but still sees its share of visitors in search for the home of the eerie author and poet.

05 August 2011 - Cunningham Falls State Park

On 02 July 2011 we visited Cunningham Falls State Park in Frederick County, Maryland.  Cunningham Falls State Park is situated in the Catoctin Mountains and its major attraction is the 78-foot cascading Cunningham Falls.  Maryland's largest cascading waterfalls, people can actually swim in the small pools between each drop.

05 August 2011 - North Shore Trail

On 02 July 2011 we decided to make a quick stop for night skyline photos from the North Shore Trail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The redeveloped land now used for outdoor recreation along the north bank of the Allegheny River, the North Shore Trail is a perfect place to enjoy the city without dealing with the traffic and noise that comes with it.  It was a perfect stop for our last night on the road.

04 August 2011 - Baltimore Museum of Art

On 02 July 2011 we visted the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.  Founded in 1904, this impressive museum houses a collection which boasts works from many renouned artists.  Most notably, the Cone Collection is the home to the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.  In our opinion, the Baltimore Museum of Art is one of the greatest art museums we have visited to far.  For those of you who are art lovers, keep posted as we will be uploading our photos from the Cleveland Museum of Art shortly.

04 August 2011 - Heidelberg Project

The history section is complete on our page for the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited the Heidelberg Project on 30 May 2011.

04 August 2011 - Olentangy Indian Caverns

The history section is complete for our page on Olentangy Indian Caverns in rural Delaware County, Ohio.  We visited Olentangy Indian Caverns on 18 April 2011.

03 August 2011 - Westminster Burying Grounds

On 02 July 2011 we visited Westminster Burying Grounds in Baltimore, Maryland.  Established in 1786, Westminster is the oldest cemetery we have ever visited.  Over the years, this rural cemetery has seen city grow around it; endangering it with threats of development.  In 1852, Westminster Presbyterian Church was built over the cemetery.  The supports of the structure actually straddle graves, giving parts of the graveyard the nickname of "catacombs."  While the church's presence saved the cemetery, the church suffered from low membership.  In 1977, the church building ceased religious functions and was assumed by the nearby University of Maryland.  Many famous people are buried in the cemetery, most notably Edgar Allan Poe.

02 August 2011 - Lexington Market

On 02 July 2011 we visited Lexington Market in Baltimore, Maryland.  Holding the distinction on being the longest running market in the world, Lexington Market has been located on the same site since 1782.  Bustling with small eateries and stands selling edibles of nearly all types, Lexington Market is a Baltimore icon in the heart of downtown.

02 August 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

The sad news is finally official, Old Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan is no more.  We have been documenting the demolition since it began in March, but  just before midnight on 01 August 2011, the final remaining section of Old Cass fell to the ground.  The last week has been an emotional time for those who knew Cass, and during our visits we witnessed countless numbers of people coming to say their goodbyes to the building that has meant so much for the people of Detroit.  From alumni to fellow photographers to the hundreds of passersby who stopped to watch the historic treasure in its final stages of being, the area around Cass has been full of activity since the work began.  We regretfully said our own goodbyes, but with hope that all those who understood the loss of Cass will put their passion into the fight to save the treasures that remain after the dust settles.  While Cass was an immeasurable loss, many more valuable structures and institutions are still at risk.  If our photography helps to show people the treasures that we can still save, our mission will prove successful.  These buildings will not last forever unless we see their importance and support any efforts to restore or repurpose them.  Many of us will never forget Cass, but my memories of Cass will always remind me of the other places we sometimes take for granted.

01 August 2011 - Federal Hill Park

On 01 July 2011 we visited Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland.  Federal Hill Park overlooks Baltimore's Inner Harbor and downtown core.  Named in 1789 to honor the newly create American federal governent, Federal Hill as originally known as Signal Hill; as the heights were used to signal Baltimore business of the arrival of merchant ships.  During the Civil War, Union tropps occupied Federal Hill to show their military presence to a city many felt was leaning toward Confederate sympathies.  Today, Federal Hill Park is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Inner Harbor below.  Here people can enjoy the sights of Baltimore from park benches with the best views in town.

31 July 2011 - Inner Harbor (Baltimore)

On 01 July 2011 we visited the Inner Harbor District of Baltimore, Maryland.  The Inner Harbor is the redeveloped seaport area of Baltimore, located in the city center at the end of the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River.  The area is home to many museums, ships and entertainment venues.  As one of Baltimore's largest tourism draws, the district is also home to many stores and restaurants we well as water-related tour opportunities.  Beautifuly lit at night, the Harbor is a great place to relax and enjoy the waterfront views of the city's skyline.

31 July 2011 - North Bank Park

The history section is complete on our page for North Bank Park in Columbus, Ohio.  We visited North Bank Park on 17 April 2011.

30 July 2011 - Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

On 01 July 2011 we visited the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse in Baltimore, Maryland.  The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse was built in 1855 and sat on a shoal at the mouth of the Patapsco River.  In 1949 the light was automated and eventualy decommissioned and removed in 1988.  The Lighthouse now sits on land in Baltimore's Inner Harbor District and serves as a museum.

30 July 2011 - Columbus Museum of Art

The history section is complete on our page for the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio.  We visited the Columbus Museum of Art on 17 April 2011.

29 July 2011 - National Aquarium

On 01 July 2011 we visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.  The National Aquarium opened in 1981 and is one of Maryland's largest tourist attractions.  The Aquarium draws over one million visitors each year to Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor district.

28 July 2011 - Fort McHenry

On 01 July 2011 we visited Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland.  The first stop in our Baltimore section of the June 2011 Road Trip, Fort McHenry is best known for its role in the War of 1812.  Americans at Fort McHenry successfully turned back a British attack and defended Baltimore Harbor on 13-14 September 1814.  It was this battle, and the flag flying above Fort McHenry that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words that now make up our national anthem, 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'  A National Park site since 1925, Fort McHenry provides a commanding view of Baltimore's harbor and educates visitors on soldier life, the Battle of Baltimore and the story behind Key's famous poem.

28 July 2011 - Henry Ford Museum

The history section is complete on our page for the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  We visited the Henry Ford Museum on 26 May 2011.

27 July 2011 - Lady Bird Johnson Park

On 30 June 2011 we visited Lady Bird Johnson Park in Washington, DC.  Located on Columbia Island in the Potomac River, LBJ Park is a great place to getaway from the busy city and enjoy the park setting with great views of Washington's famous memorials just across the river.  A popular destination for runners and bikers, LBJ Park sits just before the border into Virginia (the island is in Washington, but the south side of the Potomac is Virginia).  In 1968 LBJ Park was named to honor First Lady 'Lady Bird' Johnson whose Committee For a More Beautiful Capital's efforts had improved the island by planting hundreds of dogwood trees.

27 July 2011 - Arlington Memorial Bridge

On 30 June 2011 we visited the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC.  The Arlington bridge crosses the Potomac River, connecting Downtown Washington with Columbia Island (also in Washington).  Opened in 1932, this historic bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.  This location completes the Washington portion of our June 2011 Road Trip.  There is still plenty more coming soon from this trip; Baltimore locations will be posted regularly throughout the week.

27 July 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

With the final days of Cass Tech drawing near, we decided to post another update showing how the demolition of the historic structure has progressed over the last few weeks.  The last remaining section of the building, along Second Avenue, has finally been breached.  On 26 July 2011 we were able to witness the collapse of the north entryway section; from top to bottom.  Rumor has it that the building will be gone by the end of the month; and their progress appears to be right on schedule.

27 July 2011 - Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

The history section is complete on our page for Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area in Lawrence County, Ohio.  We visited Lake Vesuvius on 17 April 2011.

26 July 2011 - Washington Metro (Various Locations)

On 30 June 2011 we visited the Washington Metro in (and around) Washington, DC.  Opened in 1976 and managed by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Metrorail system is the second busiest rapid transit system in the United States; behind New York's.  With over 106 miles of track on five lines and eighty six stations, Washington's Metro provides great and affordable commuter service throughout the Washington area.  Metro also stretches into the neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia.

26 July 2011 - Arlington National Cemetery

On 30 June 2011 we visited Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.  Arlington National Cemetery was first used during the American Civil War when the property (grounds of Arlington House; the family estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's wife) was confiscated.  Known for its seemingly endless rows of headstones, the Cemetery is also home of the Tomb of the Unknowns.  Perpetually guarded since 1937, the Changing of the Guard ceremony attracts millions of visitors every year.  The Cemetery is also the final resting place for Presidents Taft and Kennedy as well as many more notable Americans who met the requirements to be buried in the nation's most prestigous cemetery.

25 July 2011 - National Museum of American History

On 30 June 2011 we visited the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.  The American History Museum is part of Washington's Smithsonian Institution and features a large variety of exhibits on the story of our nation's past.  From the original flag that inspired the Star-Spngled Banner (no photographs allowed) to the hat worn by President Lincoln when he was shot to American engineering marvels, this museum has something for everyone's interests.  The museum even had a section devoted to popular culture, with the most famous artifact being Judy Garland's famous ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.

24 July 2011 - United States Navy Memorial

On 30 June 2011 we visited the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, DC.  The Navy Memorial was dedicated in 1987 along Pennsylvania Avenue in Downtown Washington.  The memorial depicts the world's oceans in the center and is surrounded by fountains and bas-reliefs that depict scenes related to the American Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine; all of which are honored by this memorial.

24 July 2011 - Ford’s Theatre

On 30 June 2011 we visited Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC.  The theatre opened in 1863 after a renovation of the earlier theatre which had suffered from fire damage.  Yet it is not so much the historic value of this nineteenth-century architecture that brings Ford’s Theatre it’s fame.  Just five days after the close of the Civil War, on the night of 14 April 1865, President Abraham Lincoln attended the play "Our American Cousin" at the theatre.  It was on that fateful night that assassin John Wilkes Booth shot the President in the theatre’s box.  Lincoln was taken to the Petersen House across the street but his wounds were too severe.  The President died the next morning.  Closed for some time afterwards, the theatre was again renovated and has been used for that purpose since 1968.  Run by the National Park Service, tours also take visitors inside the theatre and tell the story of the night at Ford’s Theatre that changed American history.

23 July 2011 - United States Supreme Court Building

On 29 June 2011 we visited the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC.  The Supreme Court was completed in 1935; prior to this the court met in the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the Capitol.  The building is the headquarters of the Judicial branch of the United States federal government.  Designed by Cass Gilbert, the main facade's 94 feet is dominated by massive columns and two large seated statues representing 'The Authority of Law' and 'The Contemplation of Justice.'

23 July 2011 - Union Station (Washington)

On 29 June 2011 we visited Union Station in Washington, DC.  Union Station is the main train station in Washington, designed by Daniel Burnham and completed in1907.  Long the hub for transportation activity in and around Washington, the massive building has been mostly repurposed after the decline of rail travel.  While trains still use Union Station today, it is also a major stop on any tourism map with its grand 96 foot main waiting room ceiling, indoor mall and food court.  Union Station also serves as the headquarters of Amtrak.

22 July 2011 - United States Capitol Building

On 29-30 June 2011 we visited the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC.  The Capitol is the seat of the United States' government's legislative branch.  Ground was broken in 1793 and the cornerstone was laid by President George Washington, though the construction of the building took decades.  Congress first held its session at the unfinished Capitol in 1800.  During the War of 1812, the building was damaged by the British in the Burning of Washington.  In the 1850s, the building saw an expansion and the construction of the massive dome that we know today.  Sitting atop Captiol Hill at the east end of the National Mall, the United States Capitol Building is a symbol of the powerful American federal government that began just as an experiment over two centuries ago.  We did not get a chance to go inside, but surely we will make that a goal for our next visit to Washington; date TBA.

22 July 2011 - Spring Hill Cemetery

The history section is complete on our page for Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington, West Virginia.  We visited Spring Hill on 16 April 2011.

21 July 2011 - Old Post Office Pavilion

On 30 June 2011 we visited the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, DC.  The Old Post Office Pavilion's 315 foot clock tower makes it the tallest commercial building in Washington.  Completed in 1899, the building only served as a post office for about fifteen years.  During the 1930s the builing narrowly evaded demolition; mostly due to a tight budget during the Great Depression.  More recently the building has been rehabilitated and now houses shops, federal offices, entertainment space and a food court.  The tower is a major Washington attraction as the National Park Service provides tours offering some of the best views of the city from above.  The tower also houses the Bells of Congress, which are rung every Thursday evening and on special occasions.

21 July 2011 - J. Edgar Hoover Building

On 29 June 2011 we visited the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, DC.  Unfortunatly we were unable to enter the building that serves as the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Dedicated in 1975 by President Gerald Ford, the building is built in the brutalist style and constructed of poured concrete.  Many critics undervalue the powerful structure as lacking aesthetic quality, but its strength and stability represent the FBI's mission to uphold our nation's laws.

20 July 2011 - Vietnam Veterans Memorial

On 29-30 June 2011 we visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.  Completed in 1982, this moving memorial was designed by architect Maya Lin and contains the names of those who lost their lives or went missing when our nation fought in Vietnam.  The surface of the memorial wall eerily reflects your image back while you read the names of those fallen.  As you walk the wall towards the center it gets taller, representing the increasingly large numbers of dead as the conflict went on.  Visitors come from everywhere to experience the emotional feel of one of Washington's most notable memorials; and many come to find the names of loved ones and pay their respects.  It serves as a somber reminder of the costs of war, and despite its simplicity, its powerful design allows every visitor a personal connection with those for whom it was built.

19 July 2011 - Lincoln Memorial

On 29-30 June 2011 we visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.  One of Washington's most recogized landmarks, the Lincoln Memorial anchors the west end of the National Mall.  Completed in 1922, this memorial honors the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.  When visiting the memorial, one of the most shocking parts to me every time is the sheer size of the structure.  To give a concept of the size, the structure is 99 feet tell... Approximately the height of a ten-floor building.  The iconic statue of Lincoln seated within the monument is massive itself, measuring nineteen feet tall upon an eleven foot pedestal.  It was from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech in 1963.

18 July 2011 - Korean War Veterans Memorial

On 29 June 2011 we visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.  Dedicated in 1995, the memorial's central feature are nineteen larger-than-life stainless steel statues representing soldiers from each of the United States' Armed Forces.  The memorial to our nation's over 54,000 men lost in the Korean War also features a black granite wall with photographic images related to the war sandblasted into it.  The reflection of the nineteen soldiers can be seen in the wall creating an appearance of 38 soldiers; representing the 38th parallel that continues to serve as the boundary between the Koreas today.

17 July 2011 - Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

On 29 June 2011 we visited the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC.  Dedicated in 1997, the FDR Memorial is unique among Washington's presidential memorials in that it is not centered around one massive building.  The FDR Memorial is a walk-through memorial that tells a story along the way.  Scenes from the Great Depression, Roosevelt's fireside chats, and even a statue of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (the only presidential memorial in Washington to feature a First Lady).  Although newer and seemingly less impressive than the larger Lincoln, Jefferson and Washington memorials, the FDR Memorial is a great place of rembrance and reflection for both President Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor, as well as the difficult time period our nation faced during his administration.

16 July 2011 - Jefferson Memorial

On 29 June 2011 we visited the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.  One of Washington's many memorials to past presidents, Jefferson Memorial is certainly one of the most notable.  Completed in 1943, the bicentennial of President Jefferson's birth, the memorial's central feature is a nineteen foot tall broze statue of Jefferson.  Located just south of the National Mall on the Potomac River's Tidal Basin, the memorial is surrounded by the famed Japanese Cherry trees.  Unfortunatly the cherry blossoms bloomed well before our visit, but we hope to come back and catch the beautiful scenery in the years to come.

16 July 2011 - Saint Josaphat Catholic Church

The history section is complete on our page for Saint Josaphat Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We last visited Saint Josaphat on 30 May 2011.

15 July 2011 - National World War II Memorial

On 29 June 2011 we visited the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.  Completed in 2004, the National World War II Memorial is one of Washington's newest memorials.  Located between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, it is situated along the National Mall in the heart of central Washington.  The memorial is built around a central pool with a tower on each side representing the Atlantic and Pacific theatres of the war.  Each state's name is inscribed on the columns to represent their efforts in the war that consumed most of the world.

14 July 2011 - Washington Monument

On 29-30 June 2011 we visited the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.  At 555 feet in height, the Washington Monument is the world's tallest stone structure, the world's tallest obelisk and the tallest structure in the city of Washington.  Construction began on the monument in 1848, but it wasn't until 1884 that it was completed; mostly due to lack of funding and the Civil War.  Dominating the skyline of a city of monuments and memorials, the size of the Washington Monument clearly demonstrates the public adoration for their first president.

14 July 2011 - Saint Thomas Lutheran Church

The history section is complete for our page on Saint Thomas Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Saint Thomas on 12 April 2011.

13 July 2011 - White House

On 29 June 2011, on our June 2011 Road Trip, we visited the White House in Washington, DC.  Although we did not get a chance to go inside, the iconic home of the President of the United States since 1800 was a sight to see.  Every President after George Washington has called this building home, yet it has become much larger over the years.  Home of the famous Oval Office, this hub of political activity is the unofficial seat of the Executive Branch of the American Federal government.  Though it was burned by the British during the War of 1812, and it has surely seen its share of scandal and corruption, the White House is one of the nation's most recognized landmarks.

13 July 2011 - July 2011 Road Trip

Today we embark on our July 2011 Road Trip to Cleveland, Ohio.  This overnight trip will be much smaller than our June 2011 Road Trip to Washington, but we hope to bring back quite a few photos nonetheless.  If all goes well we may even be doing some urbex as well!

12 July 2011 - United States Treasury Building

On 29 June 2011 we visited the United States Treasury Building in Washington, DC.  Our first stop for our two days in Washington, the Treasury is an impressive building to view but well-secured from visitors.  We were only able to walk the perimeter, but I believe we got a few shots to show the impressive home of the United States Department of Treasury.  The building was built in various phases and designed by various architects between 1836 and 1869.  The Neo-classical style is typical of the many Federal institutions that call Washington home.

11 July 2011 - Antietam National Cemetery

On 28 June 2011 we visited Antietam National Cemetery near Sharpsburg, Maryland.  The second stop of our June 2011 Road Trip, Antietam National Cemetery is a nice, but somber place to end any visit to nearby Antietam National Battlefield.  Organized as a place of rest for those who lost their lives in the 1862 Civil War Battle of Antietam, the national cemetery also contains the graves of many other Civil War casualities, those who died during and long after battle.  The straight rows of headstones seem to accentuate their quantity and remind visitors of the many American lives that were lost in determining our then-divided nation's future.

11 July 2011 - Street Folk (Public Art)

The history section is complete for our page on Street Folk (Public Art) in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Street Folk on 07 April 2011.

10 July 2011 - Antietam National Battlefield

The first stop on our six-day June 2011 Road Trip, we visited Antietam National Battlefield nears Sharpsburg, Maryland on 28 June 2011.  It was here that on 17 September 1862 the bloodiest day in American history took place.  The first major Civil War battle in a Union state, approximately 23,000 soldiers lost their lives during the single-day fight.  While the Confederates pulled back and allowed the Union to claim a tactical victory, no one really 'won' the battle.  However the victory, however slight, boosted President Lincoln's confidence enough to announce his Emancipation Proclamation.  Now part of the National Park Service, Antietam Battlefield straddles farmland, showing few signs of its deadly past outside of the memorials and tourists that come to remember those that died here.

09 July 2011 - Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church

On 27 June 2011 we visited Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan.  One of our favorite abandoned places, Woodward Presbyterian is simply amazing to behold.  The 1911 English Gothic-style structure has stood in its place for a century, but the most recent years have inflicted immeasurable damage.  Once one of Detroit's most impressive sanctuaries, weather and scrapper are taking their toll on the church.  Despite its status on the National Register of Historic Places, Woodward Presbyterian's future is in question.  Yet despite its questionable condition, the standard design of Detroit's other houses of worship are no match to the magnificence of Woodward's curvy balcony and octagonal skylight.

09 July 2011 - Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects

The history section is complete on our page for the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Brewster-Douglass on 07 April 2011.

08 July 2011 - Redford Theatre

On 24 June 2011 we visited the Redford Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.  The 1928 Japanese-inspired decor is perhaps its most visible feature, but its original Barton theatre organ is certainly its most treasured.  Today, the non-profit Motor City Theatre Organ Society operates the Redford; fully staffed by volunteers (from the people selling tickets to those behind the concession counters to those up in the projection room).  The Redford runs like clockwork thanks to the individuals who offer their time and energy to keep the theatre open for moviegoers and music lovers to appreciate.  Every show begins with an organ concert, and offers another during intermission.  From seemingly ancient silent films accompanied by live organ music to much more recent blockbusters, the Redford has something for everyone.  However it is more than a movie theatre, it is an exciting experience that transports you to a movie palace from days long gone.  Perhaps best of all, everything is affordable and you can be satisfied knowing that your money furthers the mission of the Redford to restore and maintain the beautiful theatre for the years to come.  Special thanks to Linda Sites from the Redford for having us come in and bring the Redford to you.

07 July 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

We just posted a dozen photos from our most recent visits to the Old Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan.  This set includes the demolition of the school's massive auditorium.  As of current (the most recent photos were taken yesterday), the school's north wall is under assault.  It appears that the main east facade could be next.  We will keep you posted on the condition of the building as its final days quickly approach.

06 July 2011 - Exhibit Museum of Natural History

On 20 June 2011 we visited the Exhibit Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The University of Michigan-run museum offers visitors numerous experiences in many fields of the natural sciences.  From the popular dinosaur skeletons to plantlife to rocks and crystals, the Exhibit Museum has something for all interests.

05 July 2011 - Elmwood Cemetery

The history section is complete for our page on Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Elmwood on 10 March 2011.

04 July 2011 - Lee Plaza

For those Americans among you, Happy Independence Day! After a busy but amazing week-long June 2011 Road Trip, we are back and getting ready to bring you loads of photos we took along the way.  Until then we have some older photos we took on 17 June 2011 when we visited the abandoned Lee Plaza.  This 1929 Art-Deco structure was designed by Charles Noble Agree and served as an upscale apartment building and also a hotel.  Abandoned for years, Lee Plaza (and its famous piano, now mostly destroyed) is one of Detroit's finest urban exploration attractions.  Its floors serve as eerie reminders that people once filled these places.  Now vandalized and scrapped, Lee Plaza silently awaits a questionable future.

28 June 2011 - June 2011 Road Trip

Today we are leaving for our June 2011 Road Trip.  Our main destination is Washington, DC, but we have more than that in store as we will be taking six days and thousands of photos.  While the website will remain unchanged until we come home on 03 July 2011, we will have many new locations for you to view once we're back.  

27 June 2011 - Milwaukee Junction

On 13 June 2011 we visited Milwaukee Junction in Detroit, Michigan.  This area, where two major rail lines meet, became the heart of Detroit's industrial sector in the end of the nineteenth century.  Most Detroit manufacturers chose to locate their factories in this area to take advantage of easy access to the rail network.  As Detroit's manufacturing sector has weaken over the last few decades, Milwaukee Junction has changed as well.  Once a bustling industrial mecca, few operations continue.

25 June 2011 - Fort Street Bridge

On 13 June 2011 we visited the Fort Street Bridge in Detroit, Michigan.  Detroit's only surviing deck truss bascule bridge, the Fort Street Bridge over the Rough River was built in 1926.  Also notable for this location is that the 1932 Ford Hunger Strike, where labor activists sought to march on nearby Ford Motor Company, took place here.  Five marchers were killed in the battle between police and demonstrators.  During our visit the bridge was under restoration.

24 June 2011 - Reflecting on the Last Year

 

It was one year ago today that I first stepped into an abandoned building in Detroit.  It was on this day in 2010 that my work of photographing the beautiful city I have loved for so long reached new heights.  The place was the famed Michigan Central Station.  It started with years of wishing I could get inside and experience what the historic structure had to offer.  Just as Michigan Central caputures the attention of all who pass by, it had been my personal goal to get inside for several years.  It was on 24 June 2010 that my dreams of seeing the historic building came true.  With the support of a daring and energetic friend, we finally said 'why not?' and decided to take our chances.  On that day I decided that these buildings needed to be seen and their stories needed to be told.  Even in these abandoned places beauty can be found.
 
Over the last year, my love for history and beauty have been combined with a newfound energy to bring these places to you.  That quest has led to the creation of Sherlock Photography and this website.  Now after ten years of photograhpy and travel-related experience behind me (and one year of stepping outside of the confines of everyday life), I feel that my mission is well underway.  In just over six months, we have brought you photos from almost 100 locations, mostly in the Detroit area but including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and West Virginia.  We expect to upload our 1,000th photo sometime next month.  It has been a great year and I hope you have enjoyed everything that resulted from it.  Don't forget to stay posted and check back as we expect our second year to have even more in store for you.  Most of all, thank you for interest in what we do. 

24 June 2011 - Woodmere Cemetery (Detroit)

The history section is complete on our page for Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Woodmere on 05 April 2011.

23 June 2011 - Detroit Harbor Terminals Building

On 03 June 2011 we visited the Detroit Harbor Terminals Building in Detroit, Michigan.  Our previous visit in February did not provide enough photos to show this location as intended.  Hopefully this addition will better serve our purpose in regards to what many Detroiters know as the 'Boblo Building.'

22 June 2011 - Ohio Statehouse

The history section is complete for our page on the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.  We visited the Statehouse on 17 April 2011.

20 June 2011 - Jefferson Avenue Bridge

On 03 June 2011 we visited the Jefferson Avenue Bridge over the Rouge River.  While our site lists the bridge's location as Detroit, Michigan, the bridge actually straddles the border of Detroit and River Rouge, Michigan.  Jefferson Avenue Bridge was completed in 1922 as part of a larger project to dredge the Rouge RIver to allow ship's access to the Ford Motor Company River Rouge Complex further upriver.  Today, the Jefferson Avenue Bridge is the only surviving pony truss bascule bridge in the state of Michigan.

19 June 2011 - Michigan Central Station

The history section is complete for our page on Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Michigan Central on 28 March 2011.

18 June 2011 - William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse

On 01 June 2011 we visited the William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse in Detroit, Michigan.  Located near the Detroit River shoreline on the eastern end of Belle Isle Park, the structure is the only marble lighthouse in the United States.  At a height of 70 feet, the light is visible for sixteen miles across nearby Lake Saint Clair.  The light was built in 1929 as a memorial to prominent Detroit resident and Lake Carriers Association President William Livingstone.  Livingstone was locally notable for his promotion of numerous navigation improvements on the Great Lakes.

17 June 2011 - Forest Hill Cemetery

The history section is complete for our page on Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  We visited Forest Hill on 21 March 2011.

16 June 2011 - Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory

On 01 June 2011 we visited the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in Detroit, Michigan.  One of Belle Isle Park's most visited attractions, the conservatory features outdoor flower gardens and the Levi L. Barbour Memorial Fountain.  Inside, beneath the 85-foot dome, over 100,000 cubic feet of space is filled with a multitude of plant life.  Opened in 1904, the historic Albert Kahn designed structure is an architectural treasure as well Detroit's greatest nature attraction.

15 June 2011 - Saint Agnes Catholic Church

The history section is complete for our page on Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We last visited Saint Agnes on 05 May 2011.

14 June 2011 - Nancy Brown Peace Carillon

On 01 June 2011 we visited the Nancy Brown Peace Carillon in Detroit, Michigan.  One of the many attractions in Detroit's Belle Isle Park, the carillon sits off a lagoon just beside the Detroit River.  Dedicated in 1940 to peace in honor of Detroit News columnist Annie Leslie (who wrote under the name Nancy Brown), and despite the lack of money for upkeep of the grounds and needed repairs to the tower, the carillon continues to chime today.

13 June 2011 - Schroeder Paint and Glass Company

The history section is complete for our page on Schroeder Paint and Glass Company in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Schroeder on 08 March 2011.

12 June 2011 - Ford Lake Dam

On 31 May 2011 we visited the Ford Lake Dam in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.  Built in 1932 by Henry Ford to generate electricity, the damming of the Huron River also created Ford Lake.  

12 June 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

Today we made another trip to Old Cass Tech to see the progress of its demolition.  While the 1980s addition has been under demolition since March 2011, work began on taking down the older portion of the structure just last week.  Seeing the gaping hole in the rear of the building is saddening to all lovers of history and preservation.  While some may consider this progress, for better or worse, without doubt this is the end of Old Cass.

10 June 2011 - Ypsilanti Water Tower

On 31 May 2011 we visited the Ypsilanti Water Tower in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Completed in 1890, this water tower was built on Ypsilanti's highest ground.  Over the years the tower has become a landmark in Ypsilanti.  Located just off Eastern Michigan University's campus, the 147 foot tower is perhaps most notable for its phallic shape.  Locals have given the tower a few nicknames which we have chosen not to post here.  Nonetheless, this massive piece of Ypsilanti and waterworks history stands strong as it has for over a century; surely Ypsilanti's most recognizable structure.

10 June 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

On 03 June 2011 we made another trip to check on the demolition of Old Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan.  At that time there was barely anyhitng left of the 1980s addition.  It appeared at though work crews were focusing on clearing and removing debris and new demolition was on hold.  Sadly, we have just been informed that yesterday (09 June 2011) that demo work had begun on the historic 1922 building.  We are unhappy to hear that all efforts to save the historic structure have failed, but we will be making our way downtown to bring you more current photos as soon as possible.  With yesterday's 'progress,' 2011 proves to be yet another in a string of bad years for Detroit's historic architecture.

09 June 2011 - World's Largest Tire

On 30 May 2011 we visited the World's Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan.  The first location for our Miscellaneous Landmarks category, the Tire (sometimes called The Uniroyal Tire by locals) sits along Interstate 94 just west of Detroit.  Built as a ferris wheel for the 1964 World's Fair, the Tire was brought here to welcome passersby to the Motor City.

09 June 2011 - Eastown Theatre

The history section is complete for our page on Eastown Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Eastown on 08 March 2011.

08 June 2011 - Dix Avenue Bridge

On 30 May 2011 we visited the Dix Avenue Bridge in Dearborn, Michigan.  Built in 1926, this bascule bridge opens to allow freighter and other large marine traffic pass up the Rouge River.  The view from the bridge includes the Ford Motor Company's Rouge Plant, and the large ships that supply its materials open the bridge regularly.  When we are able to get some shots of a ship opening the bridge we will post an update!

07 June 2011 - Heidelberg Project

On 30 May 2011 we visited the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, Michigan.  Started in 1986, Artist Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project has endured despite some harsh criticism from city officials.  Viewed by some as art and by others an eyesore, Guyton's Heidelberg Project has helped turn a neighborhood around.  Once a place where people were afraid to walk around during daylight, the Heidelberg Project now welcomes busloads of visitors.  Yet Guyton's art is more than just visual stimulation, it also carries a message.  His works deal with the ills of society and the problems that Detroit faces.  The Heidelberg Project serves to provoke thought among visitors and provide hope and inspiration to local children through art and education programs.  Guyton and his Heidelberg Project are an asset to the people of Detroit!

07 June 2011 - Michigan State Capitol Building

The history section is complete for our page on the Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan.  We visited the Michigan Capitol on 18 February 2011.

06 June 2011 - Fisher Body Plant 21

Check out our page for Fisher Body Plant 21 in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 30 May 2011 visit.

05 June 2011 - Saint Josaphat Catholic Church

On 19 December 2010 we visited Saint Josaphat Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  This massive brick structure sits along Interstate 75, making its imposing presence known as travelers see Saint Josaphat with a Detroit skyline backdrop as they commute from the Northern suburbs.  Built in 1901, this Detroit classic surely deserves its place among Detroit's pantheon of historic religious buildings.  On 30 May 2011 we went back to Saint Josaphat for some outdoor photos to round out our offering before making a post to the site.

05 June 2011 - Woodlawn Cemetery (Toledo)

The history section is nearly complete for our page on Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio.  All but the list of famous 'residents' has been updated, and that should be completed by the end of the day.  We visited Woodlawn on 13 December 2010 and 04 April 2011.

04 June 2011 - Michigan Central Station

Check out our page for Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 30 May 2011 visit.

03 June 2011 - Saint John's Episcopal Church

Check out our page for Saint John's Episcopal Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 20 May 2011 visit.

03 June 2011 - Wildwood Preserve Metropark

The history section is complete for our page on Wildwood Preserve Metropark in Toledo, Ohio,  We visited Wildwood on 13 December 2010.

02 June 2011 - Henry Ford Museum

On 26 May 2011 we visited the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  Part of The Henry Ford, a collection of historic museums and institutions in the area, the Henry Ford Museum focuses on the history of industrializtion and the development of mass transportation.  Also featured at the museum is an exhibit on the path towards freedom for African Americans.  This exhibit includes the chair President Lincoln was seated in when assassinated and the city bus on which Rosa Parks took a stand by sitting down.  Not to be forgotten are the Presidential limousines, including President Kennedy's limousine in which we was assassinated.  A major section of the museum was under renovation and will be open at the end of the year.  We will be sure to get there as soon as possible to bring you the highlights of this great museum.

02 June 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

On 01 June 2011 we made another trip to Old Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan to document the progress of the historic building's demolition.  Now over two months since the demo began, the entire 1980s addition is nearly gone.  Check back as we will continue to post updates on the status of the building through the entire process.

01 June 2011 - Thorn Apple Valley Slaughterhouse

The history section is complete for our page on the Thorn Apple Valley Slaughterhouse in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Thorn Apple Valley Slaughterhouse on 08 February 2011.

31 May 2011 - Detroit Public Library Main Branch

On 20 May 2011 we visited the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch.  This building is the home of Michigan's largest library system, and one of Detroit's most valuable cultural institutions.  We were unable to photograph the library's main hall due to an exhibition, but we will make a point to go back and post more photos sometime in the future.  This will be our last post for May 2011, but we have many more photos to come for the month of June.  Besides numerous Detroit area photos, plans are in the making for a trip to Washington, DC towards the end of the month.  Stay tuned for what we hope will be a very productive first month of summer!

30 May 2011 - Detroit Harbor Terminals Building

The history section is complete for our page on the Detroit Harbor Terminals Building in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited the Detroit Harbor Terminals Building on 03 February 2011.

29 May 2011 - Field Museum of Natural History

On 15 May 2011 we visited the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.  Our May 2011 Road Trip to the Chicago area was plagued with rain, leaving us wet and uninspired so we ended up at a museum.  With just a few decent dinosaur skeleton shots, this concludes our May 2011 Road Trip series (with the exception of a few miscellaneous shots that I will post as soon as there are enough to create a category that suits them).

28 May 2011 - Fisher Body Plant 21

The history section is complete for our page on Fisher Body Plant 21 in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Fisher 21 on 03 February 2011.

27 May 2011 - Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum

On 14 May 2011 we visited the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum in Oak Park, Illinois.  Hemingway was born in this house in 1899 and spent his early years in  Oak Park before moving on to become one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century.

26 May 2011 - North American International Auto Show

The history section is complete for our page on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited the NAIAS on 16 January 2011.

25 May 2011 - Globe Trading Company Building

On 12 May 2011 we visited the old Globe Trading Company Building in Detroit, Michigan.  This building, now over a century old, was originally built for the Detroit Dry Dock Company back in the 1890s.  While it has been vacant for some time, nearby developments at William G. Milliken State Park, the Detroit RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut Greenway make the prospect of redeveloping the building seem possible.

24 May 2011 - Frederick Douglass High School

The history section is complete for our page on Frederick Douglass High School in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Frederick Douglass on 06 January 2011.

23 May 2011 - Detroit Institute of Arts

The remainder of our Detroit Institute of Arts photos are up for viewing!

22 May 2011 - Detroit Institute of Arts

We have finally posted our first of two sets of photos from the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan.  These photos are a combination of our 31 December 2010 and 23 April 2011 trips.  Our next post will include the rest of the photos for this location.

21 May 2011 - University of Michigan Museum of Art

On 26 April 2011 we visited the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Unfortunately we could not bring you many photos due to restrictions placed on photography in several of the museum's galleries.  Nonetheless, the UMMA (as it is often called) is certainly worthy of a stop if you are ever on the University of Michigan's main campus.  

21 May 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

On 20 May 2011 we got some more photos of Cass Tech as it quickly disappears.  Check out our Cass Tech page to see the demolition's progress.

20 May 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

On 13 May 2011 we made a quick visit to Old Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan to check on the progress of its demolition.  A good portion of the 1980s addition has been demolished.  Some of the most memorable rooms of Cass Tech have become history; yet the original 1920s building remains intact.

20 May 2011 - Old Saint Mary's Catholic Church

Check out our page for Old Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 11 May 2011 visit.

19 May 2011 - Arnold Home

On 05 May 2011 we visited the Arnold Home in Detroit, Michigan.  Now closed, the Arnold Home was a nursing home for the elderly from the 1930s until 2004.  Heavily damaged by trespassers and scrappers, what remains of the Arnold Home is a ghostly image of its former self.  With personal momentos and effects scattered throughout the building, one cannot but help be reminded of the lives that once filled these halls.

18 May 2011 - Mariners’ Church of Detroit

Check out our page for Mariners' Church of Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 11 May 2011 visit.

18 May 2011 - Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church

 

Check out our page for Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 11 May 2011 visit.

17 May 2011 - Cathedral Church of Saint Paul

Check out our page for the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 09 May 2011 visit.

17 May 2011 - First Congregational Church (Detroit)

Check out our page for First Congregational Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 09 May 2011 visit.

17 May 2011 - Continental Aluminum

The history section is complete for our page on Continental Aluminum Company.  We visited Continental on 04 January 2011.

16 May 2011 - Woodlawn Cemetery (Detroit)

We are back from our trip to Chicago!  Unfortunately we were plagued with rain for nearly the entire trip, but look for some photos sometime next week once we catch up!  As for these new photos, on 04 May 2011 we visited Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  Certainly one of Detroit's most impressive cemeteries, Woodlawn is the resting place for many notable Detroiters whose names you may recognize.  Dodge, Ford, Hudson... Just to name a few.  

16 May 2011 - Michigan Central Station

Check out our page for Michigan Central Station in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 09 May 2011 visit.

16 May 2011 - Sainte Anne de Detroit Catholic Church

Check out our page for Sainte Anne de Detroit Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 09 May 2011 visit.

13 May 2011 - May 2011 Road Trip

Today we are leaving for our May 2011 Road Trip.  We will be taking a short weekend trip to Chicago, Illinois.  It looks like the weather is against us this time but we will make the most of it.  Check back throughout the rest of May as we will be posting updates from our trip; who knows what can be expected!

13 May 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

On 05 May 2011 we made another trip to Old Cass Technical High School.  We just posted another photo showing the progress of the demolition of the 1980s wing of the school.  Of course throughout the past week much more has been done.  We hope to get a more current photo us sometime next week.

13 May 2011 - Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Check out our page for Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 05 May 2011 visit.

12 May 2011 - Toledo Museum of Art

We are awaiting permission from the Detroit Institute of Arts and the University of Michigan Museum of Art to post the photos we took on our visits to their museums.  Since we have obtained such permissions from the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio, we decided to post that location ahead of the others.  We visited the Toledo Museum of Art on 27 April 2011.  The TMA boasts a collection that seems on par with cities over twice Toledo's size.  To all art lovers: TMA is well worth a visit.

12 May 2011 - Saint Agnes Catholic Church

Check out our page for Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 05 May 2011 visit.

12 May 2011 - Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

Check out our page for Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 05 May 2011 visit.

11 May 2011 - Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

On Easter Sunday 2011 (24 April) we visited Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan.  On our first visit to this church back in December 2010 we were unable to get shots of the entire sanctuary because it was in disarray as they were readying their Christmas decorations.  During this visit we were able to photograph the church while in service.  Adorned with beautiful flowers, the church was a sight to behold.  Special thanks to Pastor Smith for having us and allowing us to take photos for you to see!

11 May 2011 - Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

On 05 May 2011 we made a stop at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan for the purposes of taking a few outdoor shots.  Now that winter is out of the way, expect to see more outdoor photos of some of the places we visited over the last few months (and more).

11 May 2011 - Saint Hedwig Catholic Church

 

Check out our page for Saint Hedwig Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We just uploaded some outdoor photos from our 05 May 2011 visit.

10 May 2011 - Night - Belle Isle

Unfortunately we decided to hold out on the post for the Detroit Institute of Arts.  We are trying to contact the museum to make sure that any photos we may post are in accordance with their policies before doing so.  In the meantime, this is a small post of night shots from our 23 April 2011 outing to Belle Isle.  

09 May 2011 - Saint Mary's Catholic Church (Delaware)

On 18 April 2011 we visited Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Delaware, Ohio.  We have driven through Delaware many times on previous trips (for years before this website existed) and Saint Mary's has always caught my eye.  On our way home from Columbus we decided to stop inside and check it out.  This post concludes the photo set from our April 2011 Road Trip, but we have been building up many more intertesting locations in the meantime.  Check back for our next post from our visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts; likely to be up on Wednesday.

08 May 2011 - Olentangy Indian Caverns

On 18 April 2011 we visited Olentangy Indian Caverns near Delaware, Ohio.  The people there were kind enough to let us inside with a tripod so we could bring you photos from inside the dimly lit cave.  Olentangy is our first location in the Caves category.  Hopefully more will follow throughout the spring and summer.  Stay tuned.

08 May 2011 - First Congregational Church (Columbus)

The history section is complete for our page on First Congregational Church in Columbus, Ohio.  We visited First Congregational on 18 April 2011.

07 May 2011 - Cathedral of Saint Anthony

The history section is complete for our section on the Cathedral of Saint Anthony in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Saint Anthony on 15 April 2011.

06 May 2011 - Historic Trinity Lutheran Church

The history section is complete for our page on Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Historic Trinity Lutheran on 12 April 2011.

06 May 2011 - First Congregational Church (Columbus)

On 18 April 2011 we visited First Congregational Church in Columbus, Ohio.  First Congregational is the first Ohio church we have visited outside of Toledo.

05 May 2011 - Saint Bonaventure Monastery

The history section is complete for our page on Saint Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Saint Bonaventure on 07 April 2011.

04 May 2011 - Night - North Bank Park

On 17 April 2011 we visited North Bank Park in Columbus, Ohio.  This set, our second visit to North Bank Park of the day, was to get some photos of the Columbus skyline at night.  We also took a couple usual photos while playing around with the camera.

03 May 2011 - Mariners' Church of Detroit

The history section is complete for our page on Mariners' Church of Detroit.  We visited Mariners' on 05 April 2011.

02 May 2011 - North Bank Park

On 17 April 2011 we visited North Bank Park in Columbus, Ohio.  Situated along the banks of the Scioto River, North Bank Park is a great place to view the Columbus skyline.  After taking the obligatory photos here, we made a point to come back at night and get some more.  Check back soon as the night shots will be our next upload.

02 May 2011 - Saint George Greek Orthodox Church

The history section is complete for our page on Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Southgate, Michigan.  We visited Saint George on 25 February 2011.

01 May 2011 - Ohio Statehouse

On 17 April 2011 we visited the Ohio Statehouse (Capitol Building) in Columbus, Ohio.  The jewel of downtown Columbus, this historic building stands out among the more modern buildings that make up Columbus' business district.  While many taller buildings loom high above the Statehouse, Capitol Square's presence at the city's main crossroads cannot be missed.

01 May 2011 - Sainte Anne de Detroit Catholic Church

The history section is complete for our page on Sainte Anne de Detroit Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Sainte Anne de Detroit on 22 February 2011.

30 April 2011 - Saint Francis D'Assisi Catholic Church

The history section is complete for our page on Saint Francis D'Assisi Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Saint Francis D'Assisi on 22 February 2011.

29 April 2011 - Columbus Museum of Art

On 17 April 2011 we visited the Columbus Museum of Art.  As is the norm when museums have other collections on exhibit, we were not able to photograph everything the museum had to offer during our visit.  Despite this, we were able to capture many interesting artworks, including some by such noted artisits as Monet, O'Keeffee, Cassatt, Picasso, Renoir and many more.

29 April 2011 - Old Saint Mary's Catholic Church

The history section is complete for our page on Old Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Old Saint Mary's on 22 February 2011.

28 April 2011 - Central United Methodist Church (Lansing)

The history section is complete for our page on Central United Methodist Church in Lansing, Michigan.  We visit Central United Methodist on 18 February 2011.

27 April 2011 - Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area

On 17 April 2011 we visited Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area in Lawrence County, Ohio.  Mostly noted for the historic Vesuvius Iron Furnace, the Recreation Area includes Lake Vesuvius and the dam that holds it back.  It was a nice stop for an early spring day after the rainy weather we had up to that point.  More photos from the Columbus portion of our trip are on the way!

27 April 2011 - National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church

The history section is complete for our page on the National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Royal Oak, Michigan.  We visited Little Flower on 09 February 2011.

26 April 2011 - Trinity Cathedral

The history section is complete for our page on Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  We visited Trinity Cathedral on 28 December 2011.

25 April 2011 - Spring Hill Cemetery

On 16 April 2011 we visited Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington, West Virginia.  The first posting from our April 2011 Road Trip, Spring Hill will be the only posting from West Virginia since the weather was not cooperating with us.  Nonetheless, Spring Hill was definitely a good stop for a cloudy and rainy day.  Check back for more updates as we upload the Ohio portion of our trip throughout the week.

25 April 2011 - Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church

The history section is complete for our page on Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Most Holy Trinity on 08 February 2011.

24 April 2011 - Cathedral of Saint Anthony

Happy Easter!  Today we attended services at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan and photos will be on their way before long.  Until then we have posted our photos from our 15 April 2011 visit to the Cathedral of Saint Anthony in Detroit.  Special thanks to Archbishop Karl Rodig, founder of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ for the generous time he devoted to allowing us to photograph his church for everyone to see.  Check back for our pictures from our out of town trip, we will be posting them throughout the week.

24 April 2011 - Saint Florian Catholic Church

The history section is complete for our page on Saint Florian Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Saint Florian on 08 February 2011.

22 April 2011 - Saint James Episcopal Church

The history section is complete for our page on Saint James Episcopal Church in Grosse Ile Township, Michigan.  We visited Saint James on 10 January 2011.

22 April 2011 - Historic Trinity Lutheran Church

On 12 April 2011 we visited Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan.  One of Detroit's most beautiful churches, Historic Trinity Lutheran holds its own amongst the older, larger and more well known Catholic churches found in the city.

21 April 2011 - Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

The history section is complete for our page on Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Most Holy Redeemer on 06 January 2011.

20 April 2011 - Saint Thomas Lutheran Church

On 12 April 2011 we visited the abandoned Saint Thomas Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan.  This shell of a structure is wide open to the elements.  Everything of value has long since been stripped.  Saint Thomas is an unfortunate reminder of what happens when a city is left behind by its people.

19 April 2011 - Spirit of Hope Church

The history section is complete for our page on Spirit of Hope Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Spirit of Hope on 06 January 2011.

18 April 2011 - Street Folk (Public Art)

We are back from our weekend trip southwards.  We ran into quite a bit of rain but we will have some (mostly Ohio) photos up for viewing by next week.  Until then look for updates as we get last week's photos up for you to see.  

On 07 April 2011 we visited the temporary art installation "Street Folk" by Tyree Guyton.  Noted for his famous Heidelberg Project, Guyton's "Street Folk" is a social commentary on the problem of homelessness.  Part of Art X Detroit (a five day celebration of Art in Midtown Detroit), "Street Folk" is scheduled to remain in place until 24 April 2011.  

18 April 2011 - Cathedral Church of Saint Paul

The history section is complete for our page on the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Saint Paul's on 04 January 2011.

18 April 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

Just uploaded a few more photos of Old Cass Technical High School.  Over the last few weeks Old Cass has been coming down.  Rumor has it the historic portion of the building may be saved yet, but the 1985 addition has been losing the battle.  The large gymnasium is already gone... Check out the photos!

15 April 2011 - April 2011 Road Trip

Spring is definitly here and we will be out of town for the weekend to take advantage of the warmer weather.  We will be passing through parts of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.  Hopefully good weather will be with us and we will have plenty of photos to share when we get back.  Check back next week! 

14 April 2011 - Saint Bonaventure Monastery

On 07 April 2011, we visited Saint Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, Michigan.  The chapel is attached to Solanus Casey Center, which serves as a place of pilgrimage and remembrance of Father Solanus Casey, the first American man formally to be declared venerable by the Roman Catholic Church.

13 April 2011 - Smithfield United Church of Christ

The history section is complete for our page on Smithfield United Church of Christ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  We visited Smithfield on 28 December 2010.

11 April 2011 - First Congregational Church

The history section is complete for our page on First Congregational Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited First Congregational on 04 January 2011.

10 April 2011 - Brewster - Douglass Housing Projects

On 07 April 2011 we visited the Brewster - Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit, Michigan.  Due to its proximity to the Foxtown District and the new sports stadiums, Brewster - Douglass's days as an eyesore are likely to come to an end.  Yet despite the ill condition of the entire project, demolition has not proceeded.  In the meantime, the apartment towers are often used for shelter by the homeless.  Filled with remnants and memories of the lives that once lived within its walls, Brewster - Douglass offers an eerie reminder that these places used to to homes.

09 April 2011 - Saint John's - Saint Luke's Evangelical Church

The history section is complete for our page on Saint John’s - Saint Luke’s Evangelical Church in Detroit, Michigan.  We visited Saint John’s - Saint Luke’s on 19 December 2010.

09 April 2011 - Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church

The history section is complete for our page on Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio.  We visited Saint Martin de Porres on 13 December 2010.

08 April 2011 - Mariners’ Church of Detroit

On 05 April 2011 we visited Mariners’ Church of Detroit.  Mariners’ is one of Detroit’s oldest church structures, dating back to 1849.  Mariners’ has survived for over 160 years in the downtown district of a city where little remains of pre-Civil War archtiecture.  The church building also has been moved, to make way for Hart Plaza in the 1950s.  This small historic church was also mentioned in Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."  The church gained some notoriety when it tolled it’s bell 29 times in memory of the lives lost in the legendary shipwreck.

07 April 2011 - Christ Church Detroit

The history section is complete for our page on Christ Church Detroit.  We visited Christ Church on 15 December 2010.

07 April 2011 - George Ferris Elementary School

On 05 April 2011 we visited George Ferris Elementary School in Highland Park, Michigan.  Long abandoned, Ferris School is a reminder of the devastation left behind in the wake of economic collapse.  Highland Park faces great challenges as a community and nowhere is that more evident than at Ferris.  Built to educate the children of a booming industrial city, Ferris has been closed for a decade.  Open to the elements and crumbling from neglect, Ferris awaits time alone.

07 April 2011 - Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church

 

The history section is complete for our page on Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  We visited Sweetest Heart on 16 December 2010.

06 April 2011 - Saint John's Episcopal Church

The history section is complete for our page on Saint John's Episcopal Church in Detroit.  We visited Saint John's on 06 December 2010.

06 April 2011 - Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church

The history section is complete for our page on Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit.  We visited Saints Peter and Paul on 15 December 2010.

05 April 2011 - Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church

The history section is complete for our page on Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church.  We visited Little Rock on 06 December 2010.  

05 April 2011 - Woodmere Cemetery - Detroit

Today we visited Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit.  One of Detroit's several historic cemeteries, Woodmere is the final resting place for many famous Detroiters such as John J. Bagley, David D. Buick, Henry Leland, Benjamin Siegel, James Scripps, David Whitney and James Vernor.

31 March 2011 - Old Cass Technical High School

Since demolition began last week on portions of the Old Cass Technical High School, we decided to upload the history for our page on Cass Tech.  Check back for pictures of the demolition as it progresses throughout the next few months, and if possible go downtown and see the historic building before it is gone.

28 March 2011 - Michigan Central Station

Today we visited perhaps the most popular and controversial urban exploration destination in Detroit, the Michigan Central Station.  This building has become an icon, representing the effects of Detroit's depressed economic state.  While characteristic of Detroit's many neglected abandoned historic sites, MCS also sparks hope in those who wish to see Detroit rise again.  Notable for its sheer size and grandeur, you might also recognize MCS for its use as a set for a few recent Hollywood films.  We will definitly be visiting the train station more times in the future, but until then enjoy today's photos!

21 March 2011 - Forest Hill Cemetery

Today we visited Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor.  Since the weather was a bit gloomy we decided to do another cemetery.  On a twist of luck we ran into some animals.  I did not bring a long lens but we got close enough for a few good shots.  Enjoy!

19 March 2011 - Saint Agnes Catholic Church

On 18 March 2011 we visited the abandoned Saint Agnes Catholic Church.  The recent snow and ice melt was creating rain inside the sanctuary.  Pieces of plaster were coming down from the ceiling all around us.  We hope to visit again when it is drier inside and check out the school building next door.  Check back soon for more updates on Saint Agnes!

16 March 2011 - Elmwood Cemetery

On 10 March 2011, we visited historic Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit.  Elmwood is the resting place of many famous and wealthy Detroiters.  Since the day was so gloomy, I focused on the more interesting graves rather than the most famous.  Those will follow some time in the future.

16 March 2011 - Packard Motor Car Company

At last, the history section is complete for our page on Detroit's historic Packard Motor Car Company.  One of Detroit's most notable abandoned attractions, Packard is a beautiful example of what urban exploration is all about.  More than just an abandoned factory, Packard has been representative of Detroit's problems, culture and possibly hope for the future.  Packard has been one of my favorites since I first laid my eyes upon it.

12 March 2011 - Schroeder Paint and Glass Company

On 08 March 2011, we visited Schroeder Paint and Glass Company in Detroit.  Pictures are ready now, information will follow.

09 March 2011 - Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

The history section is complete for our page on the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.  We visited the Cathedral on 02 December 2010.  Home of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Most Blessed Sacrament is certainly one of Detroit's most impressive houses of worship.

08 March 2011 - Eastown Theatre

On 08 March 2011, we visited the old Eastown Theatre on Detroit's East Side.  The pictures are up for you to see, its history will follow at a later date.

06 March 2011 - Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church was the first stop of our outing on 02 December 2010.  This church is located on Detroit's east side, and built in 1926 by renowned architect Wirt C. Rowland.  Check out our photos of this amazing church!

03 March 2011 - Saint Hedwig Catholic Church

Saint Hedwig is the third and final of the churches we visited on 30 November 2010.  This southwest Detroit church was completed in 1916 to serve the local Polish community that was expanding mostly do to the influx of immigrants who sought jobs in Detroit's industrial sector.  To me, the beauty of this church lies in its balance of complexity and simplicity.  Despite an intricate high altar rivaling the most beautiful churches in the city, the rest of the church is elegantly modest in comparison.

01 March 2011 - Saint Matthew's - Saint Joseph's Episcopal Church

On 30 November 2010, we visited Saint Matthew's - Saint Joseph's Episcopal Church in Detroit. This church was the second of the three churches we visited that day. Check out our page on the historic 1927 church by clicking the picture on the left. Enjoy!

27 February 2011 - Metropolitan United Methodist Church

On 30 November 2010, we visited Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit for the first time.  I did some research on the history of the building and included some photos from the visit.  I hope you enjoy what you see, and as always feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions you may have.  Any feedback will be helpful for us to make the site look great and work as smoothly as possible for you.  Check back soon!

16 February 2011 - Welcome to SherlockPhoto.com!

Thanks for visiting Sherlock Photography's website.  I will use these newsposts to help you follow our travels and keep you posted on what we're doing.  We are a bit backlogged since we started a few months before our site was up, so at first there will be a mix of past outings alongside more current ones. We hope you enjoy browsing around our site.  

When visiting our gallery, you can use the map to wander by geographic location, or click on the thumbnails below to see all photos sorted into categories.  Don't forget to check back often as we will be adding photos and history/commentary as we try to catch up.  Be sure to check our 'News' tab to see what we have added since you visited last.  Also, feel free to use our 'Contact' tab to communicate your feedback, both good and bad, along with any suggestions, information or questions you may have.  We hope to hear from you!