Congratulations to Royal Oak,
You’re the WCSX City of the Week
Royal Oak Factoids
Orson Starr, the township’s first manufacturer, became well known for making cowbells. Yes… more cowbell. Built in 1845, The Orson Starr House (3123 N Main Street) is currently listed in Michigan’s State Register of Historic Sites and has been designated an historic district.
The 22nd annual Soaring Eagle Arts Beats And Eats is this weekend (August 30th thru September 3rd). The festival started out in Pontiac before moving to Royal Oak in 2010. Arts Beats and Eats has raised million s of dollars for local charities since its inception.
As early as 1891, when Royal Oak was a small village, there were only a few hundred residents. In the 10 year span from 1900 to 1910 the population grew to over 1,000. By the time Royal Oak was incorporated as a city in 1921, the population had exploded to over 6,000. This was due in large part to new jobs created by the booming auto industry.
The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest family attractions, hosting more than 1.5 million visitors annually. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, it provides a natural habitat for more than 2,000 animals representing 245 species.