9 March 2022
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History of Royal Oak Michigan
The earliest non-Native American inhabitants in what would become the city of Royal Oak were French fur trappers. In the 19th century, the land that would later become the city of Royal Oak was occupied by several townships: Bloomfield Township to the north, Berkley Township to the south, and Royal Oak Township to the east.
The first known European settler in what would become Royal Oak Township was a Quaker from Pennsylvania named Abel Marble. Marble set up a farm near what is now 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue (then called "Saginaw Trail"). The farm prospered for about 15 years until Marble died in 1849 at the age of 62. The first wave of European-American settlers moved into the surrounding woodlands in the 1830s, many of them farmers from New York. These settlers had no roads, but they did have access to Detroit via an old Indian trail that is now Woodward Avenue. This trail connected with hunting and fishing trails near creeks and shallow rivers. In addition, several small lumber mills were founded along creeks in this area around 1850.
By 1860, there were about 100 families living in Royal Oak Township; many farmers lived on 160-acre parcels they had purchased from the federal government.
In 1908, Father O'Brien, pastor of St. Mary's Church, was reading an article in The Railroad Gazette about a successful town planning effort undertaken by Arbor Villa, a community located on what was then the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O) mainline between Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. The article described a "Royal Oak" (a tree under which King Charles II of England hid to escape the Roundheads after the Battle of Worcester in 1651). Father O'Brien gave this name to his new subdivision on the railroad's map, and drew from it for his first subdivision plat in 1909.
The American Craftsman style Royal Oak Public Library opened in 1916 under supervision of architect Wirt C. Rowland and designer William E. Kapp; it was one of over 1,000 Carnegie libraries constructed nationwide with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie.
Landmarks in Royal Oak Michigan
The Royal Oak Music Theatre is a historic landmark, and the only remaining example of an atmospheric movie theater in Metro Detroit. The theatre opened in 1928, and was designed by architect C. Howard Crane. Extensive renovations were made to the building in 2010. The Royal Oak Music Theatre hosts a variety of events from concerts to burlesque shows to comedy acts. It's also host to a series of live podcasts, including Doug Loves Movies, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, Nerdist Podcast and others.
The Detroit Zoo is located just beyond the northern border of Royal Oak in Huntington Woods. The 125 acre zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals of 280 species. It includes many unique exhibits such as the Arctic Ring of Life, the Great Apes of Harambee and the National Amphibian Conservation Center. Founded in 1928, the Detroit Zoo is one of the region's largest family attractions.
The Holbrook Community Center is a beautifully renovated building that used to be Holbrook School before it closed down in 2007 due to declining enrollment rates. The community center has been home to recreational programs for adults and children for several years now. It also hosts special events such as weddings and other ceremonies.
Food in Royal Oak Michigan
If you're always looking for your next great culinary experience. Whether it be a taste of new cuisine or just a great burger and beer, Royal Oak has you covered.
Let's start with breakfast. You can't beat their diverse selection of restaurants with everything from pancakes to grits to eggs benedict. If you're on the go, grab a cup of coffee from one of their many cafes and bakeries.
If lunch is calling your name, try an artisan sandwich at the local deli or one of the many salads at Tubby's Sub Shop. Feeling like something more substantial? They have a wide selection of pubs and fine dining establishments that are sure to please any palate.
When dinner time rolls around, Royal Oak is the place to be! From traditional American fare to sushi bars to French bistros and Thai food, they have it all.
After dinner head out for a nightcap and enjoy one of the many bars and lounges that Royal Oak has to offer. From live music to dancing until dawn, they definitely know how to have a good time!