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Fifties and Sixties Detroit Area Expressway Images

This pair of photos are both identified in the Wayne State University Photo Archives as being taken on the Lodge Expressway which extends in a northwesterly direction from downtown Detroit, Michigan.

It turns out that the lead image which was taken in the late fifties is of an unidentified highway that might be I-75 southwest of Detroit. The exit sign visible in the right-hand lane is for the Vernor Highway, and Michigan Avenue and both are located there in the Mexicantown community.

Judging only by the sign visible for the Porter Street overpass in the circa-1966 photo (below) this expressway (possibly the Fisher Highway or I-75) may be in the Hubbard-Richard neighborhood which is also southwest of Detroit and located next to Mexicantown.

If you can identify which Detroit area highways are shown in the images share it with us along with what you find of interest in these photographs courtesy of the Wayne State University Libraries.

16 responses to “Fifties and Sixties Detroit Area Expressway Images

    • Right behind it is a ’55 Pontiac, the penultimate year for the ‘suspenders’ on the hood. To the inside of it there is a Buick (57?), to the outside a ’56 Lincoln and a ’56 Dodge.

  1. In the second picture I see a GM PD4501. The original Greyhound Scenicruiser. The hound ordered thousand of them. They had an exclusive deal with GM that no one else could buy a new PD 4501. Every one of them you ever saw over the years, no matter the name on the side, it was a ‘hound first. This was also the bus that was originally powered by 2 Detroit Diesel 4-71 engines, running,into a single transmission. That didn’t work out so well, so Detroit designed the 8V-71 engine for it. The first V-8 from Detriot

  2. The snowy photo appears to have been taken from the pedestrian overpass that crosses I-75 just north of the Vernor-Michigan Avenue exit so the traffic would be northbound I-75. Apparently there was an accident on the opposite side of the freeway. This spot is within 2 miles of the now obliterated Cadillac Clark Street manufacturing complex which was one of the few major production operations actually located within the City of Detroit (demolished in the early nineties).

  3. Driving into (and out of) downtown Detroit in the winter, day after day after day, could not have been fun. Kudos to those who persevered and brought us some landmark American cars.

  4. Yeah, that ’66 Chevy may be the newest iron in this ironic pic. It may even had had A/C as an option. I know mine did. It was a real gem via it’s a very long life (200,000 miles+) with my family. It’d be wonderful to own it today.
    BTW: 20mpg with a 2bbl, “PowerSlide” tranny. Drag racers (fortunately) figured how to make that slug work.

  5. Looks like half a generation of Chevy’s in the first pix, what seems to be ’54, ’55, ’56 and a ’57, all with what seems to be white tops!

  6. Both photos are of the John Lodge freeway, now M10. In the first snowy photo, circa 1957 based on the cars shown, the only two freeways in Detroit were the Lodge and the Edsel Ford/ I-94.
    Vernor Highway, indicated in the snowy photo, was used as the alignment for I-75 across downtown Detroit, and was not built until the 1960’s.
    Notice in the second photo, you can see the construction announcement for I-75, which intersects with the Lodge just a few blocks north of Porter street, the on ramp shown to the northbound Lodge is at Abbot and 5th Street.

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