Friday, August 12, 2011

Jefferson Avenue - The Start

After the fire of 1806, Judge Augustus Woodward laid out new plans for the City of Detroit. The main roads of Detroit would radiate out like the spokes of a wheel. Running North and South was Woodward. Running roughly to the Southwest was Michigan Avenue. Running roughly to the Northeast was Gratiot. The main East-West Road was Jefferson Avenue. There is a point of origin at Campus Martius, but I didn't take a picture of it today.

Jefferson Avenue starts roughly near a town called Estral Beach. There wasn't really much to see there.
Across the river from Estral Beach stands Fermi 2 nuclear power station. It is named after noted nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi. Fermi 1 became operational in 1963 but it suffered a partial meltdown in 1966 that it never really recovered from and was officially shutdown in 1975. Fermi 2 became operational in 1988. There was a brief incident where a tornado touched down near it but the plant sustained no damage.
This was a little closer to where Jefferson Avenue starts. It splits off from the Dixie Highway and heads up into Detroit.
I kind of liked this horse farm.
It also had donkeys.
I like the contrast of the horse and nuclear cooling tower.
Jefferson Avenue also crosses the mouth of the Huron River. One of these days, I might follow Huron River Drive from the origin of the river to this point. Might be interesting.
It wasn't a particularly nice park though.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The point where you started is actually U.S. Turnpike. Jefferson does not begin until you cross the Huron River in Wayne County. South of the River is Monroe County.