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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Where to Curl in Detroit

That depends upon when you lived in or around Detroit…

1832  Pine Lake & Orchard Lake:  Orchard Lake Curling Club (wooden ‘stones’)
1843  Detroit River:  Detroit Curling Club (iron ‘stones’)
1845 – Milwaukee Junction (near East Grand Blvd & St. Aubin):  Detroit & Milwaukee Railway   employees
1864  Woodward Avenue Skating Rink: Granite & Thistle Curling Clubs (iron ‘stones’)
1868  Woodward Skating Rink:  Granite CC (covered building)
1868  Jefferson Avenue Skating Park: Thistle CC (granite stones from Waterloo, Ont. replaced irons)
1870  Woodward Skating Rink hosted The Western National Curling Tournament:  Milwaukee City Club,     Buffalo Queen City Club, Detroit Thistle CC, Buffalo Caledonia CC, Orchard Lake CC, Detroit Granite CC,   Cleveland CC, and Hamilton CC.
1875  Peninsular Cricket Club (Woodward Ave original site of the Detroit Athletic Club):  Granite CC (covered building 160 x 35 feet)
1884  Detroit Zoo (Michigan Ave. Corktown):  Granite CC, Thistle CC
1885 -    The Granite Rink:  Granite CC
1887  Detroit Athletic Club (Woodward Ave.):  Detroit Curling Club
1888  Forest & Gold:  Detroit CC
1895 -    Forest & Fourth Ave:  Detroit CC
1898  Belle Isle:  Detroit CC (International Bonspiel)
1898 -    Pontiac (not sure where):  Pontiac Curling Club formed
1902 -    Detroit East Woodbridge St:  Detroit Racquet & Curling Club
1916 -    Grosse Pointe at the home of Horace E. Dodge on Lake St. Clair:   Detroit CC
1941 -    Ann Arbor (U of M Coliseum Ice Arena):  University of Michigan
1958 -    East Lansing:  Michigan State University (42 DCC members attended)
1970s – Birmingham Skating Rink:  Birmingham CC
1970s – Southfield (Beechwood Ice Arena):  unknown if a club existed
1980s – West Bloomfield (Drake Rd.):  Detroit CC
1980s -  Jackson:  Cascades CC
Present – Ferndale:  Detroit CC
Outside the greater Detroit area curling clubs have been or still are in:
                Toledo, Lansing, Flint, Midland, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lewiston, Sault Ste. Marie, Port Huron

Can you name another place or two?  Please send us a message.

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