Historical Society plans walking tour

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — The Wyandotte Historical Society presented its plan to create a historical walking tour throughout the city to the City Council Monday.

The historical society plans to place 16 signs on pre-selected storefronts along Biddle Avenue and a larger sign located by the clock tower at the corner of Sycamore Street and Biddle. The 16 signs — which are 20 inches tall by 20 inches wide — will have two historic photos and text describing the history of each site, while the larger sign — 47 inches tall by 64 inches wide — will feature thumbnail-sized images of all 16 sites, an overview of the project, and a map of the sites.

The signs would show the site “50 or even 100 years in the past,” Historical Society President Wallace Hayden said, to show the historical value of the site and bring some life to the history of Wyandotte.

“This is going to be a great thing for our downtown,” Hayden said. “It is our hope that this self-guided walking tour will be enjoyable and educational, as well as draw more pedestrians to the shopping area.”

Council members said they liked the idea because it allows better access to the city’s history and gives residents more opportunities to connect and appreciate the city they live in.

“The city of Wyandotte is the second oldest city in Wayne County and this (concept) would be fantastic because it would bring us back to that era,” Councilman Leonard Sabuda said. “This would bring back a lot of nostalgia for many people.”

The 17 signs will be purchased, installed and maintained by the historical society, Hayden said, along with any cleaning or replacement of the signs. He said the signs are guaranteed, in all weather, to last for about 10 years, but they are known to last much longer.

The plan still needs to be approved by the Planning Commission before it’s finalized and implemented, but the council supported the idea. The Historical Society will bring the full plan to the Planning Commission meeting Thursday.

(Gabriel Goodwin can be reached at ggoodwin@bewickpublications.com.)