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Burton Historical Library - Early Detroit Images Collection

Photos of Center Line businesses, circa late 1930s - (44) black & white lantern slides donated by Wes Arnold in 1961 to the Burton Historical Library, which are now a part of their Early Detroit Images Collection. Clicking the link will open a new window with search results showing thumbnails of the (44) images spread across (2) pages. Click on any image to enlarge it.

Center Line High School Memories - includes class photo pages from 1970 through 1979 CLHS yearbooks and also links to Busch Junior High 1971-72 and 1972-73 yearbooks and other school photos.

Members of the Center Line Volunteer Fire Department pose in front of their 1926 American LaFrance fire truck (1931 photo).

In 2006, spear-headed by Councilman David Hanselman, the "Friends of the Fire Truck" acquired the 1926 American LaFrance fire truck that the newly-formed Village of Center Line purchased in March of 1926. On the evening of Jan. 18, 2007 they held an Open House for members of the community to view the eighty year-old fire truck, enjoy some refreshments and learn about their group's purchase and restoration plans. Here are some photos from the Open House.

The community supported numerous fund-raisers and after eight years, the restoration was completed shortly before Mayor Hanselman passed away in Aug. 2015.

Mayor David Hanselman and his son Mark, seated in the completely restored 1926 American LaFrance fire engine (June 2015 photo)

Martha Burczyk's new book "Images of America - Warren" , has been published by Arcadia Publishing and is now available in bookstores. It includes many old photographs and historical information about Warren Township and the communities of Warren Village, Baseline, Van Dyke and Center Line.

Visit the book's companion blog at; the author's personal blog can be found here.

The April 14, 2010 edition of the Warren Weekly featured Martha and her book on the front page: ‘Warren’ book resonates with echoes of the past

The demolition of the MOPAR water tower, June 2007.

Four Brothers Came to Town
They were the Grissom brothers and the town they came to was Center Line, Michigan. This 1961 article tells the story of P.L Grissom and his brothers Art, Thomas and Ernest, who sold new and used cars to generations of folks from Center Line and elsewhere in Macomb and Wayne counties.

The building they occupied on Van Dyke just north of Ten Mile Road (above photo, c. 1950) originally housed the "Macomb Ford" agency when it was built circa 1930 (photo, c. 1930). Macomb Ford was owned by Anthony and Loyola Rivard, whose original Ford dealership was Rivard Brothers Ford on Van Dyke, just north of Eight Mile Road, in the community known as Baseline.

"Lost Landscapes of Detroit 2010" - A compilation of historical images of Detroit, Michigan (1917-1970), edited by Rick Prelinger for presentation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) on February 10, 2010.

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