Detroit, Michigan: Detroit's Point of Origin

Most cities lack the foresight to mark their point of origin for future photo-ops. Not so Detroit, which has ennobled its spot with a big bronze disk set inside a sunburst of brickwork.
Address:
800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
Directions:
Near the center of Campus Martius Park, at the intersection of Woodward and Michigan Aves. The marker is set into the pavement behind the Au Bon Pain, between it and the Woodward Fountain.
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Detroit's Point of Origin

The point of origin for the layout of Detroit's streets is in Campius Martius Park in downtown. Every city has to have a plan for how the streets will be laid out, and this is where Detroit's began. A marker in the sidewalk shows the exact point where it all began for Detroit.

[David, 04/29/2012]

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