Settlers beware

Fake eviction notices in Detroit. From 1837.

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Detroit’s most annoying lawyer

A brief biography of Ebenezer Rogers, a.k.a. “Squirrel-Tooth,” a.k.a. “Old Famine,” who ate everything, leered at women and got in a lot of fights.

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The Spirit of Detroit

Five years ago today, on the first take-off-your-sweater-nice day in spring, in a college town on the stateline between Wisconsin and Illinois, I walked to a tattoo parlor, had this done, and then went out for a beer.

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Jean-Francois Hamtramck

It’s not the likeliest place for a hallowed memorial to a decorated officer of the Revolutionary War. But here he lies, along growly old Jos. Campau, across the street from an L.A. Insurance.

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Gambling? No.

On the Belle Isle Casino, where the author will be wed.

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Margaret Mather

A tragic Victorian stage actress rises from poverty in Detroit to live in celebrity, if not artistic splendor.

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Who was Silas Farmer? We found out.

Silas Farmer: upright Christian citizen, co-founder of Detroit’s YMCA, author of “History of Detroit and Michigan” and “The Drinker’s Dictionary.” All in our very first podcast

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Christmas with General Friend Palmer

Festive Christmas traditions from early Detroit, as related by General Friend Palmer. Pony races, mince pies and all-night noise-making.

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Where is Lieutenant John Brooks, Jr.?

In 1817, the remains of an officer who died in the Battle of Lake Erie were ceremoniously buried in Detroit. But where are they now?

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