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Located inside the Grand Circus Park, Russell Alger Memorial Fountain is a stunning piece of art. This complete bronze structure is a result of exchange of ideas between architect Henry Bacon and sculptor Daniel Chester French. The memorial depicts a woman, standing tall with a shield and a sword in one hand and the other arm stretched out, her stance celebrates the spirit of Michigan. Alger's bas relief can be found at the base of the structure while the other side of the pedestal has a lion's head with a spout that fills the pool. The monument commemorates the life and work of Russell Alger, a veteran and a successful politician.
This 63-ft. lighthouse in Milliken State Park is a replica of the larger Tawas Point Lighthouse located about three hours north of Detroit. While Tawas Point looks majestically over Lake Huron and functions, this one here is not accessible, but it serves as a beacon for vessels entering and exiting the marina. Additionally, the lighthouse deck provides great views of Windsor, Canada across the river and it's just one of the many highlights along Detroit's riverwalk.
Designed by Jerome Ferretti, the monumental cat statue, located in Nroth Corktown area of Detroit was installed in 2010. Funded by Loveland Inc. the structure is iconic and made using about 3000 bricks, covered with an outer layer of limestone. Measuring about 7 feet (2.13 meters) high and stretching to 9 feet (2.74 meters) in width, the iconic kitty sits beneath an overpass where travelers can admire it on their way.
Michigan Central Station, also called Penn Central Station, was a rail depot built in 1913 to serve the Michigan Central Railroad. The station's imposing Beaux Arts building was the point of pride for the railroad and at one point it held the distinction of being the tallest railway station in the world. While the station is no longer in use today, it stands as a reminder of the glory days of the railroad. This abandoned building has historical significance and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This impressive landmark spans the Detroit River west of the twin downtowns of Detroit and Windsor. Ambassador Bridge rises 150 feet (45 meters) above the river, allowing even the tallest ships to pass easily underneath. The view from the bridge is panoramic, on a clear day encompassing both cities, the river, and St. Clair and Erie Lakes. Its length of 9200 feet (2804 meters) made it the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1929. It is the busiest border crossing in North America, with more than 10,000,000 vehicles annually. Many of those are trucks, and 27 percent of all merchandise traded between the United States and Canada passes over the bridge. It can be easily reached from I-96 or I-75 and connects via Huron Church Road in Windsor to Highway 401, which leads to Toronto. Expanded customs plazas at both ends of the bridge have eased the congestion, but expect delays of a half-hour or more at peak crossing times.
Popularly known as the Argonaut Building, the General Motors' Research Laboratory is a historic structure that stands since 1928. This beauty features 11 floors with an approximate height of 140 feet (42 meters). The structure consists of limestone and brick in it's typical early days commercial style. Formally built for the General Motor' Research Faculty, the building also serves as a charter high school for art-oriented studies, and accommodates almost 300 candidates in the student housing.