I had made an attempt to see the former residence of U.S. Grant in Detroit earlier in the year and failed to do so. As it turns out, I was at the wrong end of the Michigan State Fair grounds before. An alert reader to this blog left a comment directing me to the spot where the building may be viewed. The structure is visable from State Fair Street close to Woodward Avenue. I want to thank the person again. for giving me guidance.
I was saddened by the view. The house sits inside of the now defunct Michigan State Fair grounds in Detroit. The public cannot enter the area. It’s structures are deteriorating. The grounds look foreboding. The house that the Grants lived in while U.S. Grant was stationed in Detroit is boarded up and looking like it needs a major restoration:
Since the public is not allowed on the grounds of the site, I couldn’t get a front photograph of the house. I don’t know what can be done to save the place. It’s not that U.S. Grant wasn’t important to Detroit-he was. He was important to the United States-and to the world. He led the Union Army to victory in the Civil War-thus ending slavery in America. He was a United States President-that should rate for something! Yet, this historical landmark is rotting away. Sad, indeed.
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