Five Signs: You’re in Detroit (Metro Area), Michigan

Geography Essay
Captions by Nathan Mattise

College (and post-college limbo) is a time for excessive sleeping, partying, *studying*…. and traveling. It’s one of the finer points of college because there are no real commitments to hold you back. So in the spirit of good roadtrip, In the Pursuit of the Trivial offers the Five Signs series. It’s a photo-documentary account from an exotic location done through the signs ready to greet every and all tourists. Today, welcome to Detroit, MI


So I spent a week in Detroit, MI recently. I brought my camera. I took NO pictures. Consider this edition of Five Signs sponsored by Wikipedia and Google Images.


1. Kwame

The name is on the lips of plenty locals. The mayor of Detroit is a sinister figure for a plethora of reasons (see them presented here). Word on the street is he’s also constantly looking for some beautiful babies? Moving on before anything terrible is said.

It\'s real folks.

2. “8 Mile Rd

Yes, it exists. The road of Eminem movie fame is super visible off the main highways near Detroit. I wasn’t able to pull anyone’s arm to take me out to see it but word on the street is no memorials to Em’ exist. Also, if you’re wondering, miles 7 through 14 are also commemorated with their own roads.

This place was legitimately cool.

3. “Henry Ford Museum

The man who is oft-quoted in high school graduation speeches existed. He grew to fame for his factories in the Detroit area and today The Henry Ford (pretentious, no?) is there celebrating everything US transportation related. If you ever go look for the Presidential vehicles (including JFK’s infamous one), Rosa Parks’ bus and the Oscar Meyer Weiner mobile.


4. “The Buick Open

Again, I forgot my camera and I couldn’t find this year’s poster. It was similar, just change the saying to “History is coming.” Detroit actually has a lot of really nice country clubs nearby (including Oakland Hills, this year’s PGA host). However their already rough economy gets a tough blow with Tiger Woods out the rest of the season. Not sure how well tournaments can do in his absence.

Delicious in so many ways.

5. “Lumberjack

If you’re ever coming back from the lake areas “Up North” in Michigan, here’s the place to stop for a bite. Kids love it, the food is hearty, the glasses are mugs (or maybe former jelly containers). Best of all, wildlife puns a plenty on the menu. Can’t ask for more in a dining experience really.

And that’s it from Detroit (Metro Area), MI. and my week long trip of touristing and hanging out. Below there would be a few signs that didn’t quite make the cut…but again no camera. Next time I’ll rectify that and make sure to provide the full scope of the next adventure.

Links today from Wikipedia, Google Images, MSNBC and various Detroit-focused sites.

If you want to yell at Nate for this idea because it’s dumb, e-mail him. If you don’t think Detroit, MI is exciting enough, feel free to contact him with a better trip to share too.


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