Shorpy Saturday – Sugar and Spice: 1900

By Jeffrey Buck

It has gone through a bit of a rough patch, but Clark Park is truly to be a jewel for the city of Detroit. The park, located in southwest Detroit, is home to many sports year round, including a unique offering of hockey and ice skating leagues on an outdoor ice rink. With help from the community and the Clark Park Coalition, the park has been well maintained and continues to serve youth with several programs that would have surely disappeared without their support. In recent years, Jack White (born Jack Gillis), formerly of the now-defunct White Stripes, donated $170,000 to help rebuild and maintain the baseball field where he played as a kid. Clark Park has come along way since this photograph was taken.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Sugar and Spice: 1900.“:

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1900. “Merry-go-round in Clark Park.” 8×10 inch (cropped) dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.



About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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