A Morning with the J.W. Westcott; The Detroit River, Freighters, and the Mail

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A Morning with the J.W. Westcott; The Detroit River, Freighters, and the Mail

20.00

Saturday, July 28th

10:00 am to 12:30 pm

48222, a zip code unlike any other. This storied set of digits denotes mail destined for Great Lakes freighters, by way of the only floating zip code in America, The J.W. Westcott. The Westcott company was started by Captain John Ward Westcott nearly 150 years ago. Today it still delivers mail to ships passing down the Detroit River. It’s iconic white, orange, and black boats are skillfully driven alongside huge freighters whose crews lower buckets to the mail boat, and using ropes haul back up their supplies, mail, and even sometimes pizza. Join The Detroit History Club as we explore this uniquely Detroit company. We’ll meet the crew for coffee and donuts, hear the incredible tales of life on the Detroit River, and cheer as the mail pulls away from the dock for another routine delivery.

*Although we won’t be able to allow guests to ride the boats during a delivery, you will be welcomed to explore the boats when they are docked. You’ll see the offices and have lots of great photo opportunities so bring your camera!

Because The Detroit History Club operates as a members-only club, out of private homes, hidden spaces, and secret locations, you’ll need to join before being able to buy tickets to events. At checkout you’ll be asked if you are already a member; if not, select “New Member.” Membership to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year. Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own. Membership cards may be picked up at the first event you attend as a new member, and new cards are issued at the first event you attend each year. Parking is on-street and at your own risk (we’ve never had an issue, but the lawyer insists we have the disclaimer).

Detroit History Club events are for persons twenty-one years old and up. We drink, we swear, we talk about things, and we’d love for you to join us. Whether you come as a couple, a group, or a singleton, our events are designed to encourage you to make new friends, explore ideas, and learn- all while eating, drinking, dancing, and generally behaving in a way that makes us proud to call ourselves Detroiters. We would like to remind you that this event is taking place in a private home; your respect is greatly appreciated

Directions To The Office of the J. W. Westcott Co.

The J. W. Westcott Co. is located off the Clark Street Exit on Interstate 75.

FROM Northbound I-75:

Exit at Clark St. Exit

Turn right at Clark St.

Proceed one block to Fort St. intersection

Turn left onto Fort St.

Proceed northeast on Fort to the Grand Blvd. intersection, several blocks ahead

Turn right on Grand Blvd. (Motel on corner)

Proceed toward river, crossing railroad tracks slowly!

Turn left before entering Riverside Park, following driveway with railroad tracks on your left

Proceed to end of driveway

Turn right on to 24th St.

Proceed 100 feet to the driveway at rear of J. W. Westcott office

Enter driveway and park in rear

Proceed to the front of the office at riverside and look for Detroit History Club staff.

FROM Southbound I-75:

Exit at Clark St. Exit

Turn left at Clark St.

Cross over the expressway and proceed one block to Fort St. intersection

Turn left onto Fort St.

Proceed northeast on Fort to the Grand Blvd. intersection, several blocks ahead

Turn right on Grand Blvd (Motel on corner)

Proceed toward river, crossing railroad tracks slowly!

Turn left before entering Riverside Park, following driveway, with railroad tracks now on your left

Proceed to end of driveway

Turn right onto 24th St.

Proceed 100 feet to the driveway at rear of J. W. Westcott office (single story white block-brick building)

Enter driveway and park in rear

Proceed to the front of the office at riverfront and look for Detroit History Club staff.



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