The city of Wyandotte is 'dotted' with monuments that are eye-catching, essential for the city's beautification and, in some cases, steeped in historical significance.
On a recent jaunt through the city, I stopped and took a second (or 40th) look at some of my favorites. Next time you are enjoying a bike ride or walk around Wyandotte, take a closer look at some of the gorgeous structures that stand as reminders of what a fantastic place Wyandotte is and strives to always remain.
Check out these cool structures throughout the city:
Merrill Lynch Bull (2005)–This feisty and fun bull is stationed on the corner of Biddle Avenue and Oak Street in front of the offices. He is the work of Keith Coleman. Coleman constructed the weathered rust-finished animal by manipulating found water heater cores.
Veterans Memorial–The display is dedicated to all of those who served their country. It stands near the waterfront in . The memorial is constructed from black granite and is accompanied by three flags. Mike Miller designed the sleek structure as part of a project by The Wyandotte Veterans Memorial Committee.
World War I Memorial (1923)–Located a stone's throw from the entrance to the on Superior, the simple but poignant monument is carved out of rock and is aptly fronted by two canons. The bronze tablet lists the names of military members who lost their lives in the war.
Purple Heart Memorial (1943)–The Purple Heart Memorial honors the sacrifice that Michigan service men and women have made on behalf of all Americans. Located on Superior on the west side of Biddle, the newly bronzed limestone statue was rededicated along with the surrounding Purple Heart Memorial Garden on May 31, 2010. The memorial was the conception and sculptural work of River Rouge resident Isadore DeBiasi.
- Wyandot Totem Pole (1971)–Standing as a beautifully constructed, 35-foot reminder of Wyandotte's deep historical roots, the was carved from cedar by Gordon Watkins in 1971 as a part of the 100th celebration of Wyandotte Savings Bank. The pole, situated on the corner of Eureka and Biddle, was restored and rededicated on December 6, 2010. Each of the six totems symbolize something different about the Wyandot people and the city's ancestors and history.
- The turtle on top is the totem sign of Chief Walk-in-the-Water.
- The Iroquois warrior is clutching a gun.
- The crest of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac is next.
- A beaver gnawing on a stick.
- The white fish is a symbol of good fishing.
- The bottom symbol of a Wyandot with a canoe paddle symbolizes "farewell."