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WCSX City of the Week

Congratulations to Troy,

You’re the WCSX City of the Week

Troy Factoids:

  • Originally named Troy’s Corners, the City Troy was named after Troy, NY as was the case with A LOT of Michigan cities.
  • Adams Road was not named for the US President. Rather it honors Seymour Adams who settled in Section 32 of Troy Township in 1822.  But during the 1920s and 30s many called Adams Road Dodge Road, because it was the road to Meadowbrook, home of Matilda Dodge Wilson.
  • Troy became a city on December 12th, 1955.  The primary reason was to protect its borders.  A lot of regions that did not become cities, ended up losing territory to those who did.
  • Two roads in Troy have French names. Livernois, which runs south into the heart of downtown Detroit was named for Francis Livernois one of the French habitants or ribbon farmers. Ribbon farms were narrow strips of property that fronted on the Detroit River and extended up to two miles inland. Dequindre honors Antoine Dequindre, a prominent land owner and participant in the War of 1812.
  • Troy didn’t always have lakes.  The Emerald Lakes are clustered north of the intersection of John R and Square Lake Roads.  12,000 years ago the glacier which had covered this area, and brought with it rocks and other ground cover from up north, melted and left behind thousands of tons of gravel in place in northeast Troy.  In the first half of the 20th century these gravel deposits were intensively mined and removed.  The gravel pits filled with water over time from underground springs and runoff and became the Emerald Lakes.
  • Steven Yeun, television actor, known for his role as Glen in The Walking Dead is from Troy.
  • Oakland Mall history: The first store to open at the site of the Oakland Mall was Sears, which opened in 1965. In 1968, the mall itself opened, featuring Hudson’s as another anchor.