Some significant events took place Downriver in the 1970s:






  • December 24: Bob Short, the man most everyone knew as "Captain Bob-Lo," passed away at the age of 90.  The 4'4" man, recruited from Ringling Brothers circus, had been the official mascot of the well-known attraction since the 1950s.
  • The final original terminal building opened at Detroit Metropolitan Airport as the Michael Berry terminal.



  • Plans were first announced for the then unheard of idea of repurposing a landfill for public use, as the city of Riverview promoted the idea of using the Riverview land preserve (a.k.a. Riverview Highlands and Mt. Trashmore) as a ski hill during the winter months.
  • October 6: JCPenney opens it's anchor space in a new expansion of Southland Center, replacing the now-by-then-relocated Kroger store.


  • July 19: Meijer Thrifty Acres would locate the first of their "hypermarkets" Downriver with the opening of the Eureka-Pardee location in Taylor.
  • August: Westbound Eureka Road between the railroad viaducts and 12th Street in Wyandotte would be closed for over a year due to a pavement cave-in which resulted from sewer construction underground.


  • Fall: The dime store trade took a major hit Downriver with the fall closing of Neisner's locations in Lincoln Park and Wyandotte.


  • State Senator James DeSana (a former Wyandotte Mayor) convinces Michigan Governor William Milliken to scrap plans for a 550-bed prison cell which was to be located on land bordering I-75 and Huron River Drive in Rockwood.  The project would be relocated to an Upper Peninsula community.
  • Todd Browning, operator of Bob-Lo Island since 1949, would sell the assets to Cambridge Properties of Kentucky following two lack-luster years of park attendance.  The recent oil embargo had also curtailed much of the sailing schedule for Bob-Lo Steamers Columbia and Ste. Claire.
  • November 1: The sixth Kmart store opens on Telegraph Road in Flat Rock.
  • December 15: Fire erupted at the Clark Petroleum Tank Farm off Ecorse and Telegraph Roads in Taylor.  Nine youths were then arrested for subsequent looting at businesses which had been forced to evacuate.