Monday, August 27, 2012

Durant Hotel in the Fifties


Another great shot of Flint in the fifties by Mary Fisher, originally posted September 3, 2008. In addition to the Hotel Durant, the Flint Tavern Hotel, boasting "400 Rooms/Air Conditioned Restaurant," is visible on the left, behind a sign urging Flint to "Vote Republican/Vote IKE all the way!" and promoting "Fred M. Alger for Governor." Note the streetcar electric lines overhead.

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  1. Thanks, Mary and Gordie! I'm loving these pictures!

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  2. THE LINES WERE FOR TROLLYS, NOT STREET CARS.

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  3. Not going to use all caps, but according the National Capital Trolly Museum, streetcar is just another name for a trolly. They are also called trams in some places. And the Flintoids I know who were around then call them streetcars, although I'm sure plenty called them trollies.
    http://www.dctrolley.org/faqs.htm

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  4. Ah, but by the fifties did Flint have what are called "trolly coaches" in San Francisco...buses with wheels but hooked up to the overhead lines? Probably because the fixed tracks were gone by then. Most people in SF just call them buses, and the term streetcar or trolly is used for the fixed track vehicles.

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  5. I GREW UP IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA IN TH 50'S. WE CALLED THEM ELECTRIC BUSSES.

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  6. If you look at my book "Remembering Fling, Michigan," it has a chapter on Flint's trolley lines. They were originally streetcars until 1936 when they switched to trolley buses. Trolley buses were replaced by diesel buses in 1956. The chapter is called "When Msss Transit Used Electricity."

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  7. Hey Gary, I knew this discussion sounded familiar. I've got your book right in my living room bookshelf.

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  8. Thr Durant had the most beautiful cocktale lounge I have ever seen in my life.

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  9. I loved the Durant. My great-grandfather on my mom's dad's side used to be the head chef at the Durant-Pick Hotel. In one of her scrapbooks is an article from an old Flint Journal article, complete with photograph, of my Grampa Delmer with a recipe for I believe a glazed ham. My mom used to say that when she was little, the Durant was her sandbox.

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