It's amazing how long its been since I've actually been down to Belle Isle. When I picked it for my 12 month subject this year, I thought it would be easy to finish it. Turns out that wasn't quite the case especially when I was chasing after ships more than other things. Kind of a shame too because I'm guessing that fall was probably looking pretty nice. Oh well.
It was a pretty nice night at any rate and that seemed to make for some pretty nice sunlight.
I've taken several pictures of this Bridge in the past but it is the MacArthur Bridge. It replaces a wooden Bridge that caught fire in 1915. This particular Bridge was built in 1923 and was originally named the Belle Isle Bridge. It was named after the General in 1942.
The Bridge spans 2,193 feet over 19 arches. It is 85 feet wide. In 1986, the Bridge was restored.
Interesting tidbit, William Scripps flew a plane under the original bridge. Interesting tidbit number two, there used to be tunnel under Jefferson Avenue. They were going to use this for a Subway that would go to Belle Isle but that never happened. When the Bridge was renovated, they filled in the tunnel.
In 1921, the Detroit Police started to equip their patrol cars with radio. This would give them somewhat of an edge over the rum runners. However, they were sharing frequencies with commercial broadcasts and would cut over the broadcast. In 1928, they got their own frequencies. I believe this may be the first use of police radios.
With all the other parts of the island that are being fixed up, you would think that the Zoo would be part of those plans. Sadly, that is not the case. It's kind of a shame that they let these things get into this level of disrepair because if someone did take over, they'd probably have to demolish it and start again.