|World's Largest Tire...where else but in Detroit!|
|Palmer Park in St. Clair, Michigan|
|dinner at River Crab across the banks of Canada on St. Clair|
|Spirit of Detroit|
Detroit is only 45 minutes from our campground. With not much preparation, unlike when we were in the Canadian cities, I just clicked the item ‘Spirit of Detroit Statue’ on our Garmin. We were taken to the heart of downtown. And there it was…the 26-foot cast bronze statue that was cast in Norway. He is holding a gilt bronze sphere emanating rays to symbolize God in its left hand and in his right is a family group symbolizing all human relationships.
|Joe Louis fist|
At the intersection in front of this statue is a huge left arm with fist clenched! It is a tribute to former heavyweight champion and Detroit son Joe Louis. Just a few minutes from there is the Joe Louis Arena where many athletes were
working the steps. Across the street is the 14-acre Hart Plaza where large evocative sculptures
are on display. Beside the Plaza is the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the very first,
and still active, vehicular tunnel in the world, connecting Detroit and
Windsor, Canada. And beside the tunnel
is the elegant GM Renaissance Center.
|dramatic sculpture at the center of Hart Plaza|
Our next stop was Hitsville USA in the Motown Historical Museum. Going there we passed through streets of old, dilapidated abandoned homes, sometimes with facades torn off, many filled with garbage. It is estimated that there are about 12,000 such homes in Detroit. The city’s population has dwindled, from close to 2 million, to less than 800,000. While certain areas have been renovated, giving Detroit a fresh new look in some areas, the spectacle of rows of abandoned homes was quite unnerving.
|Motown Historical Museum and Hitsville USA|
Then we went on to look for the World’s Largest Tire, a Uniroyal weighing 12 tons and standing 80 feet tall. We finally found it, after a couple of tries, on Interstate 94 between Highways 39 and 2. It first served as a ferris wheel in the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair then transferred to this current location at Allen Park in 1966. And as you turn into 24, the arrows will lead you to another empire, the one built by Henry Ford. There we found the Automotive Hall of Fame, the Henry Ford Museum with its Ford plant tour, and the family-oriented Greenwich Village.
|daredevil ride at Red Bud Trail Speedway|
|Devil Slide on Mount Tom|
|one of 5 remaining Century Progress Homes|
|Gerald Ford Presidential Museum and Berry Ford Garden|
|iconic symbol of the University of Notre Dame|
|the Mae West HouseCar|
|Airstream Ranch with 7 old models on display and new onew running on the highway!|