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Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - Holt MI

Address: US-127
City: Holt
State: MI
Zip: 48842
County: Ingham
Number of visits to this page: 583
General Information:

The Midway Ballroom was built in 1929 and was expanded 2 years later. After that, an orchestra wing was added to accommodate the big bands that played there in the early 1930's. In 1933, Charles Smithers, the owner, remodeled the place into a beer garden. The building was of concrete block and brick construction. The ballroom was regularly packed, sometimes drawing well over a thousand patrons.

Tragedy struck in 1934 when the structure was destroyed by fire. The ballroom was no more. In 1936, Mr. Smithers built a new general store on the property which operated for many years. I don't know the status of the store building nor am I sure of the exact location. The place was in North Holt and the general location is listed as 4 1/2 - 5 miles south of Lansing on US-127. Mr. Smithers' name came up in many articles I read. He was a long-time businessman and property developer in the area. He passed away in 1966 at the age of 76.

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Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - JAN 1934 FIRE
JAN 1934 FIRE
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - JAN 1934 FIRE
JAN 1934 FIRE
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1932 AD
1932 AD
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1931 ARTICLE
1931 ARTICLE
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1931 ARTICLE
1931 ARTICLE
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1932 ARTICLE AND AD
1932 ARTICLE AND AD
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1931 ARTICLE AND AD
1931 ARTICLE AND AD
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1932 ARTICLE
1932 ARTICLE
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1932 AD
1932 AD
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1932 ARTICLE
1932 ARTICLE
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1933 ARTICLE
1933 ARTICLE
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1932 ARTICLE ON BEER GARDEN
1932 ARTICLE ON BEER GARDEN
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1933 AD
1933 AD
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1933 AD
1933 AD
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1934 ARTICLE ON FIRE
1934 ARTICLE ON FIRE
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1936 ARTICLE ON NEW STORE
1936 ARTICLE ON NEW STORE
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - 1966 OBITUARY ON FORMER OWNER
1966 OBITUARY ON FORMER OWNER
Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - APRIL 1932 AD
APRIL 1932 AD
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