Shorpy Saturday – Forever Young: 1908

By Jeffrey Buck

Belle Isle has changed a lot over the years. Once a place to escape the hustle and bustle of a city growing rapidly has become a treasure and asset of a city having trouble finding the funds to properly maintain it’s parks and recreation. Luckily this month an event took place that will drastically help Belle Isle’s future. Four non-profit groups, all helping to preserve part of Belle Isle have come together as one. What is to be known as the Belle Isle Conservancy is made up of Belle Isle Women’s Committee, Belle Isle Botanical Society, Friends of Belle Isle and the Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium.

For more information on how the new conservancy will operate please read this article from the Detroit Free Press published this past Monday.

You can be a member of the new conservancy for a nominal annual fee. Fees range from $10 for seniors and students and $25 for individuals. For more information about the Belle Isle Conservancy, visit

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Forever Young: 1908“:

Detroit circa 1908. “Waders at Belle Isle Park.” Fourteen kids who’ll never grow up. 8×10 inch 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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