Russell Street Cemetery

    by  • July 16, 2010 • Best of THE NIGHT TRAIN, History • 1 Comment

    If you’re headed to Eastern Market this Saturday, here’s some trivia for you to consider while you’re shopping for delicious local produce: the Market, one of the oldest in the country, was formerly the site the Russell Street Cemetery, one of two city-owned cemeteries of the mid-19th century. Situated on land that the city...

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    June 11, 1805: The fire

    by  • June 11, 2010 • Best of THE NIGHT TRAIN, Uncategorized • 6 Comments

    It’s the anniversary of Detroit’s Great Fire of 1805 — early Detroit’s defining moment. The fire destroyed the city nearly completely. After the city burned down, Father Richard (whose church, Ste. Anne’s, had just burned down for the second time in its amazing history) coined Detroit’s notorious motto: speramus meliora; resurget cineribus. We hope...

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