Open Historical Map/Projects/Detroit

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A project to recreate the development of Metro Detroit from the early 19th century to the present.

City of Detroit

A number of historic streets in the city proper have been added. As of this writing, much of these streets are in the Downtown area (including Midtown and Corktown), as well as in the Boynton and Oakwood Heights neighborhoods in southwest Detroit as part of the Ecorse Township street evolution project.

Sporting Venues

Currently mapped in the city are Olympia Stadium and Tiger Stadium (formerly Briggs Stadium, and originally Navin Field) as part of the Stadiums project.

Wayne County

Ecorse Township Streets

All existent streets through time in the present-day cities of Allen Park, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Southgate, and Wyandotte, all of which were formed from this former township, have been mapped.

Motor Racing Venues

Detroit Speedway at present-day Pennsylvania and Quarry Roads in present-day Southgate has been mapped as part of the Ghost Tracks project.

The Detroit Dragway in Brownstown Charter Township has also been mapped.

Oakland County

Macomb County


  • Sanborn maps
  • Other historical maps
  • Old aerial photos, including from the DTE Aerial Photo Collection
  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs subdivision plat archives
  • Michigan Department of Transportation right-of-way maps


The main mapper for this project is matteditmsts.