Riviera Recreation - Detroit MI

Address: 9337 Grand River Ave
City: Detroit
State: MI
Zip: 48204
County: Wayne
Number of visits to this page: 2017

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General Information:

Riviera Recreation goes back to the late 1920's. Bowling was a big deal in Detroit that time. There were a couple dozen alleys at least and the scores were published in the newspapers. I included a full page from back then to show that. In the 1940's, Fred Willett ran the alley. He also invented a bowling ball cleaning machine. Notably, Paul "Dizzy" Trout and some other major league ball players played the women's team here in Dec 1945.

The last mention I see of the alley being open was from 1960 but it may have lasted longer than that. As for the building, the street view indicates 2 structures that sort of occupy the old address and neither one was the old alley. According to historical aerial photography, there was a larger building right on the street corner that was the alley. You can see in the 1973 aerial that building was gone by then.

Info Updates:
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Riviera Recreation - The Corner Today
The Corner Today
Riviera Recreation - 1951 Aerial
1951 Aerial
Riviera Recreation - 1973 Aerial - Building Gone
1973 Aerial - Building Gone
Riviera Recreation - Sun Jan 22 1928 Bowling Results
Sun Jan 22 1928 Bowling Results
Riviera Recreation - Apr 19 1977 Fred Willett Passes Away
Apr 19 1977 Fred Willett Passes Away
Riviera Recreation - Dec 1945 Dizzy Trout Team Plays Women
Dec 1945 Dizzy Trout Team Plays Women
Riviera Recreation - Jan 1955 Article
Jan 1955 Article
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