October 1, 2014 at 12:01 am

Woodward: A journey through 200 years

The northward-bound thoroughfare has been the barometer of Metro Detroit's culture, economy and society for two centuries, from the days when Indians walked the dirt path to Detroit's rebirth after the fire of 1805 through the golden days of the mid-20th century to the highs and lows of recent decades.

The landscape of Woodward -- dubbed M-1, the nation's first "superhighway" -- is a reflection of the region's ebb and flow, its joys and sorrows.

Each Monday between now and August's Dream Cruise fest we'll highlight and explore some facet of the avenue, from the ridiculous to the sublime.

Hop aboard and enjoy the ride.

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  • Woodward nightlife: In its heyday, you could find almost any entertainment along Woodward Avenue. See the hotspots and listen to music by some of the performers.
  • Woodward at a glance: Discover hidden points of interest and some of the many firsts and mosts that occured along Highway 1 from Detroit to Pontiac.

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Put jumbo size images of Woodward Avenue in rotation on your desktop. After you download the the Woodward Ave. screensaver, you can select any image as destop wallpaper. Here's how.

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