BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN IN RETROSPECT

 

 A COLLECTION OF HISTORIC  PHOTOS

AND

TALES FROM THE PAST

 

THE DIXIE DINER

     During the late 1920's, the DIXIE DINER appeared at the southwest corner of Merrill St. and Woodward Ave. across from the BIRMINGHAM THEATRE.  In the 30's it was moved around the corner to the north side of Merrill, mid-block between Woodward and Pierce where it remained until the Merrillwood Building was constructed.  A popular, relatively inexpensive eatery, it served tasty meals prepared for a number of years by Bud Stinson.  This photo dates back to about 1931, since the Detroit United Railway Interurban tracks can be seen in the middle of Woodward, but no trolley wires are visible.  The D.U.R. line was abandoned in 1931.  The power wires were immediately removed, but the rails remained until World War II when they were taken up for use in making weapons.

     At the far right, in the background, you can see the ODDFELLOWS HALL on Pierce St.  It later housed Joyce Packard's TRADING POST a used clothing and, in fact just about everything used store.  It was an early-day flea market.  The building was later renovated with offices on the 2nd floor and stores on the lower level including Vince Secontine's VARSITY SHOP.   The TRADING POST ended its days in a former C.F. SMITH food store building at the corner of Lincoln Ave. and Grant St.

      The photo at the head of this article was sent to your webmaster by Mike Engle.  He obtained it from THE HANOVER HISTORY CENTER, SILVER CREEK, NY which kindly made a copy of this rare item for us.

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                                                   GOODYEAR BLIMPS 

                                                       CLOCK GOLF 

                                             HOW TO WEIGH A FAT LADY

                                                  FUN ON HORSEBACK

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