My friend Jane and I had been planning our own walking tour in downtown Detroit for the past couple months. Little did we know that the weather on an early November day would be so beautiful! We drove into to town, arriving around 9:15am. We quickly parked and set off for our first destination, Trinity Lutheran Church. We took the Dequindre Cut to get there.
Example of artwork along the Cut.
The walking/bike path along the Cut.
The Dequindre Cut is a green space walkway cutting through the downtown Detroit area. It is truly unique in that it has exits and entrances much like a highway and there is beautiful artwork along the way. It is a great place for Detroit residents to exercise and enjoy outdoor space.
We exited the Cut near the Eastern Market and headed to Trinity Lutheran. This church is a historical part of downtown Detroit and was truly beautiful. Part of its history included that it has an original Skinner pipe organ and we were lucky to hear the musical director play it.
Historical Trinity Lutheran Church
After visiting the church we headed over to the Eastern Market to see what that was like.
After checking out some vendors and taking a snack break, we continued our tour by walking toward Greektown and visiting churches in the surrounding area.
Second Baptist Church
St Mary’s Catholic Church
An Italian Catholic Church (forgot name)
An interesting note about the first church pictured, The Second Baptist Church, is that it was a gathering place on the Underground Railroad for slaves escaping to Canada. Also, Martin Luther King, Jr. had attended services there several times.
A street view of Greektown
We eventually made our way to Campus Martius Park and the Detroit Opera House which we will be back to visit because we have tickets to The Phantom of the Opera there in January.
A couple of unique buildings.
The highlight of our tour was discovering the Diquundre Cut. I have plans to return to walk it in the future plus there are many more buildings and history to discover in Detroit.