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Woodward/Merchants Row: Named for Augustus B. Woodward, the man responsible for planning Detroit's layout after the fire of 1805, Woodward Ave. is Detroit's most famous street. Leading directly into the heart of downtown Detroit, several retailers, including Vernors, Sanders, Winkleman's, S.S. Kresge Co., F.W. Woolworth Company and Hudson's had locations on Woodward in an area that became known as Merchants Row.
Detroit floods Campus Martius to celebrate the end of World War I in 1918. That's the Majestic Building at left; the old Detroit Opera House at right; & you can see Hudson's in the back there as we look up Woodward Ave. The only thing that still remains in this shot is the venerable Soldiers & Sailors Monument (Photo from the Burton Historical Collection). - photo via HistoricDetroit.com on fb