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A moment in time

How was the location of Michigan Post 217 popular before it was even chartered?

According to Post 217 in Wyandotte's Centennial Celebration page: "The post sits within the Bishop City Park. This site was also once a stop for the Boblo Boat & Amusement Park." Boblo was located on an island on the Ontario side of the Detroit River, and was open from 1898 to 1993. Park-owned ferry boats would conduct pickups from different locations to the island.

"The park in which the post sits is a city-run public park. It was not ever owned or run by Boblo, but was a regular stopping point. The post home was built in the mid-1800s and was a boathouse and recreation center for the local chemical company. When the company closed, the building was given/taken over by the city of Wyandotte. In early 1919 when the post got its charter, the city saw a way to donate the building to its war veterans. It was placed on the city ballot for a vote to donate the building to wartime veterans and The American Legion."

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Michael Odette

April 18, 2014 - 6:39am

That really stirred up old memories. I frequented that spot on the Detroit river, as in front of the post were two WWII howitzers! One was grey & the other Olive drab. I was Cadet Commander of the city's Civil Air Patrol and went to the post after 4th of July parades. I still have a special place in my heart for Wyandotte as it was where I was born and raised. The Legion Vets were very kind to us cadets back then. Circa 1956.

Ron Runyan

April 21, 2014 - 3:20pm

To Michael,

The post still to this day has those same guns out front. We have maintained them over the years and are a welcoming attraction to the people of the city and the kids that like to play on and around them.

Ron Runyan

April 21, 2014 - 3:26pm

POST 217 is GREEN!!

Many legion members within the state of Michigan know and use the information that Post 217 has published about our post being Green. Not the color of coarse, but rather we use no heating or cooling from furnaces, AC units or boilers.

Our AC unit on the roof was hit by a storm about 5 years ago and we always had trouble with an old boiler for the heating. So, the commander at the time Don Howard and the members decided instead of spending a lot of money keeping and maintaining old technology we went green, and put in a GEOTHERMAL heating & cooling system. With the help of the City of Wyandotte and local contrators we utilized grant monies and invested in this wonderful new system. The cost to heat and cool the entire building has gone down and everyone enjoys the atmosphere at post 217. We are in talks with new contractors about installing wind and solar powered systems now to generate our own electrcity.

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