Bloomfield Hills: Home of Cranbrook

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Overview
Bloomfield Hills is an affluent suburban city located 20 miles north of downtown Detroit. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, much of the area's rolling farmland was purchased by wealthy Detroit residents who had first discovered "the hills" when they went touring northward in their new horseless carriages. Seeking refuge from Detroit's summer heat and crowds, the newcomers built weekend homes that ranged from elaborate farmhouses to large manor estates. Philanthropists George Gough Booth and his wife, Ellen Scripps Booth, envisioned more than a manor house for themselves, however, and built what is now a National Historic Landmark, the Cranbrook Educational Community. In 1932, Bloomfield Hills incorporated as a city. The city retains its mystique as an enclave of elegant living and exceptional schools, but its history also includes instances of poverty and mayhem. It is all here in Images of America: Bloomfield Hills: Home of Cranbrook.
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ISBN: 9781467116558
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
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State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 209
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Christine Blackwell writes regularly for Bloomfield Hills Living magazine and is a member of several local historical societies, including the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society and the Bloomfield Historical Society. She combed through numerous local archives for images to tell this city's vibrant history.
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