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Rhymeswithrawk
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In researching the Detroit Boat Club, I found info saying that in 1888, the DBC sold its old clubhouse to the Tecumseh Boat Club, which had it floated to Walkerville, where it stood till burning in a fire in 1908. Anyone know where this old Walkerville is? What it is now? There is a Walkerville now, but it's on the west side of the state. It couldn't have been near Tecumseh as Tecumseh isn't near water.
Anyone have a clue? Or any old maps of SE Michigan from around 1888?
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Jcole
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Walkerville is in Canada, near Windsor

Walkerville
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Bearinabox
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Walkerville is actually part of Windsor. It was an independent village annexed into Windsor in the '30s, I believe. Sort of like Old Redford or Delray on this side of the river.
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Rhymeswithrawk
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THAT would explain why I couldn't find it. Wrong side of the border. Thanks. :-)
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Eriedearie
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Yeah Rhymes...it's just "across the street!" :-)
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Pam
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Lots of cool buildings in Walkerville:

http://www.walkervilletimes.co m/virtual-tour/virtual_tour.ht m
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Lowell
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Paging Walkerpub.

Chris' Historic Walkerville [Windsor]
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Tony_box_42
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Is it still home to the Hiram Walker Distillery?
Home of Canadian Club and Vo ? I remember a sign
that read Canadian Club in large red neon letters
we could read across the river.
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Pam
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quote:

Is it still home to the Hiram Walker Distillery



Yes.
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Daddeeo
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Right by the train station.
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Kathleen
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Hey Rawk!! You should check out Walkerville! It's an enjoyable day trip!!

From the website that Lowell posted, you can print out a walking tour of the neighborhood with many Albert Kahn-designed buildings and other historic buildings.

Take a tour of the Hiram Walker Office Building (Mason & Rice with a young Kahn); details at http://www.canadianclubwhisky. com/HeritageTour.asp.

Visit Willistead Manor, built by Hiram Walker's son Edward; details at http://www.citywindsor.ca/0002 23.asp
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Mauser765
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Mr Walker and some of his family are buried in Elmwood not too far from Sonic.

AIW will throw down the definitive history in a minute here Im sure...
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Goat
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No he won't. :-) The bastard is off taking pictures somewhere...again.

Walkerville? Never heard of it. Maybe the google thingy will work on the internets.
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Walkerpub
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From Florida:

Almost everything you need to know about Walkerville can be found at the website I started about 10 years ago to support our now defunct local history publication called The Walkerville Times:

http://www.walkervilletimes.co m/

some of the links have been referenced above.

At the current time, Walkerville is experiencing a mini-renaissance- shops and retailers are thriving- including the venerable Kildare House for fish and chips- Big Tonys for massive plates of Italian- the Gourmet Emporium in the magnificent Beaux Arts-styled Bank of Montreal - many new places have opened so the survival of this great little community seems assured

Albert Kahn built many of the homes and commercial buildings (he actually got one of his first major commissions as a young man working for Mson and Rice on the Hiram Walker World Headquarters referenced above and here:

http://www.walkervilletimes.co m/whisky-palace.htm

and here:

http://www.walkervilletimes.co m/architects.htm

Here are some extremely rare images from a Kahn exhibit I put on at the Art Gallery of Windsor:

http://gallery.me.com/walkerpu b#100039

The neighbourhood has much in common with Indian Village-

Perhaps we could organize a tour if members of this forum are interested... I would be more than willing to lead the tour and I know AIW would get involved as his knowledge of the district runs deep.

Anyone interested?
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Walkerpub
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I found these photos of the Tecumseh Boat Club- the story is that Hiram Walker took possession of the building as a payment for debt owed and floated it over to Walkerville- as stated it caught on fire and was replaced by a customs house- a new boat club was built on a site further east which eventually became Ford Of Canada



Tecumseh Boat Club
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Walkerpub
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Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 9:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

street view




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Walkerpub
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The silence is deafening- wouldn't be a case of xenophobia perhaps?
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Professorscott
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I'd love to see it, 'pub. What bus does one take from downtown once I grab the tunnel bus from Detroit? The Prof prefers to keep the car in the driveway, whenever possible.
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Islandman
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The bus going east on Wyandotte (just south of the tunnel) will get you there. It's also a nice walk from the tunnel.
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Professorscott
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Thanks, Island. Next question: Let's assume I'm over there trolling around the neighborhood on, say, a Saturday afternoon. Where to go for lunch?

(PS: No chain joints please. There's a Tim Horton's in Corunna which I visit often enough since that's only 15 minutes from the farm; but if I'm making a special trip I want something local and interesting. Availability of alcohol not an issue.)
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Jams
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Erie Street for Italian
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Kathleen
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Prof: Try the Kildare House in Walkerville!!
http://www.myspace.com/kildare house


Walkerpub: Certainly I would be up for a walking tour of the area if others are interested.
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Downriviera
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Tunnel Bar-B-Q for awesome ribs.

http://tunnelbarbq.com/
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Islandman
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Kathleen,

Kildare House is where it's at. A real pub right in Windsor. When I used to live down the street it was awful convenient. :-)
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quote:

(PS: No chain joints please. There's a Tim Horton's in Corunna which I visit often enough since that's only 15 minutes from the farm; but if I'm making a special trip I want something local and interesting. Availability of alcohol not an issue.)

At the risk of sounding nosy rather than genuinely curious, how does one leave the car in the driveway when traveling from a farm 15 minutes from Corunna to the Tunnel Bus stop downtown? Is a flying carpet involved?
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Professorscott
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In winter or rain, daughter drives the Prof to the New Baltimore bus stop, fifteen minutes from house. SMART takes it from there. In nice weather, bicycle is involved; much cheaper than flying carpet, plus insurance is less costly.

Excellent question, Bear. Glad to see someone's paying attention :-)

Kildare House sounds just the thing; thanks for the info.

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