Discover Downriver welcomes Bethany Newton, our newest writing contributor.  Bethany brings her charismatic writing style to the web, and also contributes to our social media channels as well.  Read more about Bethany here.

January 29, 2018

Sockman Rudy – Downriver Hometown Hero

Former Teenage Taylor Resident Looks After The Homeless By: Bethany Newton It was just a normal night about three years ago, when then ten-year-old Rudy Washington […]
December 28, 2017

Southgate Veteran Saves Lives During Recent Hurricanes

November 16, 2017

Celebrating 30 Years of Making Downriver Beautiful!

Celebrating 30 Years of Making Downriver Beautiful!  By Bethany Newton Traffic Jam Boutique has been a prominent fashion stop in the Downriver community for three decades.  From […]
September 23, 2017

Ecorse’s Birthday Celebration

Happy Birthday Ecorse! By: Bethany Newton For a city that has not always been recognized as a viable and active part of the Downriver community, Ecorse […]
September 11, 2017

Rose Ann Rudisill – Downriver Hometown Hero

June 7, 2017

Downriver and Friends – Hometown Hero

Downriver’s One Stop Shop for Information By Bethany Newton   Supporting local businesses was the original dream of the Facebook page Downriver and Friends, but now […]
September 15, 2016

Dr. Noel Jackson – Downriver Hometown Hero

Local Dentist Gives Back to Community By: Bethany Newton Trenton resident and local hometown hero, Dr. Noel Jackson, best known for his local dental practice, is […]
August 18, 2016

Moe O’Shaughnessy – Downriver Hometown Hero

What do Aerosmith and the Boat Races Have in Common? By:  Bethany Newton Moe O’Shaughnessy! Local celebrity, Moe O’Shaughnessy, an Allen Park resident, may have played […]
July 28, 2016

Fred Miller – Downriver Hometown Hero

Meet the “Godfather of the Races” By Bethany Newton Fred Miller has served the Downriver community now going on 52 years as one of the most […]
July 21, 2016

Van Buren Township, Michigan

Nearly all of the first white settlers who came to Van Buren Township were Frenchmen looking to hunt and trap for the fur trade. Although it may seem obvious, Van Buren Township was named after America’s 8th president Martin Van Buren.
July 21, 2016

Southgate, Michigan

Southgate is another Downriver community that is on the younger side, but it still has a rich history. The people of Southgate had a difficult time in the beginning just trying to become a city.
July 21, 2016

Romulus, Michigan

Romulus did not incorporate as a city until 1970, but it had a lengthy history as a township and a territory before then.
July 21, 2016

Rockwood, Michigan

Rockwood, Michigan
July 21, 2016

Riverview, Michigan

Riverview is one of the younger Downriver communities, as it is only 57 years old, but it does have a rich history going back even farther than that.
July 21, 2016

River Rouge, Michigan

River Rouge was first a part of Ecorse Township and did not become a village until 1899. It then became a city on April 3, 1922.
July 21, 2016

Melvindale, Michigan

Melvindale was originally put together in the 1920s and was made from a small residential and farm area called Oakwood Heights.
July 21, 2016

Huron Township, Michigan

Huron Township was organized in 1827, but it did not look like the Huron Township we know today, as it included the cities of Romulus and Belleville, as well as the townships of Sumpter and Van Buren.
July 21, 2016

Gibraltar, Michigan

Gibraltar may be small, but its impact in the Downriver community over the years has been huge. The area was first called, "Chenal de la Presque Isle" by early French settlers, which roughly translates into "Channel of the Near Island."
July 21, 2016

Ecorse, Michigan

Ecorse’s history began in the early 1700s, as it was first settled by French Habitants under Antoine Cadillac. In 1795, the first white settler, Pierre Michael Campau, came to Ecorse.
July 21, 2016

Brownstown, Michigan

Brownstown was actually around before Michigan was even officially a state. Like many areas in Michigan, Brownstown was apart of the French Province Quebec, and was named after Adam Brown, a young boy who grew up with the Wyandot Indians after being kidnapped around the age of 8.