Abandoned ice cream stand in southern Michigan

When the old federal highways came into being in the late 1920s, they often passed through the middle of towns or cities. Such was the case with U.S. Highway 12 in southern Michigan. At one time it would have been considered the main route between Detroit and Chicago. But that all changed when the interstate highway system began to emerge in the mid to later 1950s. There is an interstate highway not far from U.S. 12 now and it certainly took a big chunk of the motorist traffic off the older highway. But Highway 12 still exists today and has many historic sites and remnants along its path. Shown is an abandoned ice cream stand I believe in Berrien County (I confess I failed to write down its exact location). I took the photo on a short road trip of Highway 12 last summer. This is quite typical along the old federal roads. Keep your eyes open and you will see, especially, remnants of many service related businesses such as gas stations, restaurants and hotels. Obviously that’s what happens when the traffic is removed. So driving on the old federal roads is a bittersweet experience today.

Abandoned ice cream stand on U.S. 12 in southern Michigan.

Abandoned ice cream stand on U.S. 12 in southern Michigan.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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2 Responses to Abandoned ice cream stand in southern Michigan

  1. Richard says:

    That stand is in Union, Michigan (Cass County)

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