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Roadhouses in Michigan


Special thanks to Nick for his help and information

Information on the pictures below:

Blossom Heath Inn
Located on Jefferson just south of Ten Mile Road in St Clair Shores.
Matthew Kramer, a hotelier and yachtsman, built this roadhouse in 1911, naming it the Kramerhof. In 1920, the building was sold to William McIntosh, who renamed it the Blossom Heath Inn and added two large wings, which included an ornate ballroom. Blossom Heath was one of the most luxurious roadhouses in Michigan. Nationally known big bands, such as Ben Pollack's drew people from Detroit and Canada. Blossom Heath became notorious for illegal drinking and gambling during Prohibition and the Depression. After McIntosh's death in 1930, the roadhouse was run by his heirs. By the late 1930's, the heyday of roadhouses was over, and in 1943, Blossom Heath was sold.


The Chalet Also operated as Club Royale
Located at 8 Mile Road and Gratiot in East Detroit (Now Eastpointe). The building itself was built in 1850 and operated as Hunds General Store and Saloon. In the mid 1920's it began it's Roadhouse notariety as The Chalet. In 1938 in an effort to drum up business it was renamed 'Club Royale'. It operated with a 'Club Room' in the back for gambling. One of it's hidden suprises was a tunnel underground that could be accessed behind a mirror and led to a nearby farmhouse in Warren Township some several hundred feet away.

The Chesterfield
Was located on Gratiot just south of Ten Mile Road in East Detroit (Now Eastpointe). It operated from 1924-1943. The Chesterfield was deliberately set up to simulate the look of a repair garage. Free busses and taxi's would pick up patrons at special locations along Gratiot in Detroit. They would pull inside the establishment, the door would close and the gambling room was upstairs.

Kid Harris's Roadhouse
Located in Grosse Pointe at Mack and St Clair.
BLOSSOM HEATH C1920
BLOSSOM HEATH C1920
BLOSSOM HEATH DINNERWARE
BLOSSOM HEATH DINNERWARE
CHALET 01141939 PIC NO3
CHALET 01141939 PIC NO3
CHALET TO BE TORN DOWN DETNEWS 08211960
CHALET TO BE TORN DOWN DETNEWS 08211960
CHALET WR COLLECTION 01131939 NO2
CHALET WR COLLECTION 01131939 NO2
CHALET WR COLLECTION 01131939 NO3
CHALET WR COLLECTION 01131939 NO3
CHESTERFIELD CLUB 1939 WIRE PHOTO
CHESTERFIELD CLUB 1939 WIRE PHOTO
CHESTERFIELD CLUB WIRE PHOTO 1942 NO1
CHESTERFIELD CLUB WIRE PHOTO 1942 NO1
CHESTERFIELD INN BURNS 061156 DFP PG3
CHESTERFIELD INN BURNS 061156 DFP PG3
DANNY SULLIVAN LEFT AND LINCOLN FITZGERALD LATE 1950S 1
DANNY SULLIVAN LEFT AND LINCOLN FITZGERALD LATE 1950S 1
HUNDS GENERAL STORE 8 GRATIOT BUILT 1850 PIC C 1900 1
HUNDS GENERAL STORE 8 GRATIOT BUILT 1850 PIC C 1900 1
KID HARRIS MACK & ST CLAIR GR PT 03291928 BACK
KID HARRIS MACK & ST CLAIR GR PT 03291928 BACK
KID HARRIS MACK & ST CLAIR GR PT 03291928 FRONT
KID HARRIS MACK & ST CLAIR GR PT 03291928 FRONT
THE CHESTERFIELD CLUB 1924 2
THE CHESTERFIELD CLUB 1924 2

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