View from Greyhaven Island to abandoned McMansion foundations & boat slips

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nailhed.com on September 6, 2011

This is some of the haughtiest real estate in Detroit. You need permission in order to even be let past the guard booth & onto the island. Then past the condos, there is a second gate before you reach the single-family homes that you have to be buzzed-in thru. I was there for a repair call back when I was a lineman for the phone company...my blood is not nearly blue enough to be allowed onto the island under ordinary circumstances, lol. Among those who had grand homes here in the old days were Purple Gang members (they used it to run booze from Canada), and boat racing legend Gar Wood: http://www.garwood.com/history.htm

The original bridge leading to Greyhaven was so narrow that when the former Gar Wood mansion caught fire in the 1970s (after having been bought by a biker club, lol), that the DFD could not respond to the fire because their trucks would not fit on the bridge. My mom says she thinks that while she was pregnant with me, she explored this mansion after it was abandoned. Explains a lot, heheh.

Most of what sits on Greyhaven Island now is just new construction; the glitzy old Purple Gang house is the only remaining survivor from the 1920s.

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  • Uploaded on September 6, 2011
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    by nailhed.com
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A530
    • Taken on 2009/03/26 15:51:15
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    • F/Stop: f/5.500
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