Throwback Thursday – 50 years ago


Fifty years ago, in July of 1967 a special election, was held by Cambridge Township voters to approve the rezoning required to construct Michigan International Speedway. The vote was not close, with 521 for and 163 against. Construction commenced quickly, and the first race was held in October of 1968.
Brooklyn Lanes opened its current location just south of Brooklyn on M-50 in August of 1967. The alley was owned by Mr. and Mrs. George Staub and operated by son Robert. Before moving, the bowling alley was located on, appropriately enough, Lane Street, two buildings west of the Exponent. The building most recently housed Brooklyn Tire, before they moved across the parking lot to the old Columbia Cable building, which at one time, had been a frozen locker. Before freezers were common people rented space in the cold storage facility, according to my brother. That was, of course, before my time.
Paul Revere and the Raiders played at the Wamplers Lake Pavilion in August of 1967. Do you have any memories or photographs of the Wamplers Lake Pavilion? We would like to do a feature on it in the future, so drop off any old pictures or let us know your stories at The Exponent, 160 S. Main St. or email news@theexponent.com with pavilion in the regards line.
Lewis Tire and Sales was located where Buddy’s in Brooklyn now sets.
Mrs. Richard Spangle of Brooklyn grew tomatoes on top of the Star Theatre marquis during the summer of 1967. The theatre was often busy, with lines reaching down the block when an anticipated movie was playing.

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