WCSX honors St. Clair Shores, by making it City of the Week from October 30, 2023, to November 3, 2023!
How It All Began In St Clair Shores
St. Clair Shores was first settled by French families starting in 1790, who built cottages along the shoreline. St. Clair Shores is in Macomb County Michigan. A suburb of Detroit, St. Clair Shores is roughly 14 miles northeast of downtown Detroit. From 1927 until 1959, the community was the location of the Jefferson Beach Amusement Park, a lakefront attraction for the Detroit area and beyond. Opened in 1927, it boasted the longest roller coaster in the United States and numerous other midway attractions, a large, ornate lakefront dance pavilion, and a large, sandy beach popular with swimmers and sunbathers. In 1955, a fire destroyed some of the attractions and buildings within the once-popular park. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 58,874
Little Known Fact On St Clair Shores
During Prohibition, St. Clair Shores was a hotspot for bootleggers who smuggled Canadian liquor into the canals and docks along Lake St. Clair.
The Famous Nautical Mile
The area on Jefferson between 9 and 10-mile roads is known as the “Nautical Mile”, which features marinas and many boating-themed shops, restaurants, and bars. St. Clair Shores is the boating capital of Michigan, with over 3,500 boat wells and seven marinas along Jefferson.
I Love A Parade
The St Clair Shores Parade is 70 years strong. The annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Parade runs on Jefferson Avenue at Nine Mile traveling north to 11 Mile Road. One of the largest Memorial parades in the state of Michigan.
Famous Folks From St Clair Shores
Dave Coulier – actor and comedian
Faye Grant – actress best known for her role as Julie Parrish in NBC’s science fiction series V
Donald Patrick Harvey – actor, Die Hard 2, Walker, Texas Ranger
Alto Reed – The Late musician, and saxophonist for Bob Segar’s The Silver Bullet Band
Fred “Sonic” Smith – guitarist, member of the bands MC5 and Sonic’s Rendezvous Band