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O Pioneers! The Early Detroit History You Wish You'd Learned in School

The Detroit Bus Company

Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

O Pioneers! The Early Detroit History You Wish You'd...

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O Pioneers! DBC Way Back Detroit History Ended $35.00 $1.87

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Celebrate Detroit's 313(rd birthday) with us!


The story of Detroit in person, from Hog Island (which you may know as Belle Isle) to Log Cabin Park, Scott’s Folly to St. Anne's to the State Fair. Along the way, we’ll talk parties and pranks, pioneers and pony carts. Governors and steamboat captains, tobacco magnates and tabloid darlings. We’ll visit cemeteries, statues, houses, factories, parks, and churches. And we’ll go to the Two Way Inn, ostensibly Detroit's oldest bar. 

Henry Ford does not appear on this tour. We're going way further back than that. Detroit is one of the oldest cities in the Midwest--heck, it's one of the oldest in the country. We've got 17 years on "Old" New Orleans, and in fact we sent that fair town a fellow we here at DBC affectionately call Tony the Moth back in 1710. Scoundrels and saviors, imposters and heroes, priests and prostitutes and everyone in between: we'll learn the deep, deep history of Detroit they never taught you about. You'll wish they had.


Amy Elliott Bragg is a Detroit-based freelance writer & the author of Hidden History of Detroit. She loves 19th-century cemeteries, old history books and the historians who wrote them, memorial statues, prankster millionaires, and cocktails. She writes about all of these things and more at her pre-automotive Detroit history blog, Oh, and she’s a founding member of the Detroit Drunken Historical Society.


Pick ups in Royal Oak at Gusoline Alley at 11 AM, Ferndale at Rosie O'Grady's at 11:15 AM, and downtown at Foran's Grand Trunk at 11:50 AM.


What happens if I miss the bus? Will the bus wait for me if I'm late?

If you miss your pickup in Royal Oak or Ferndale, you can beat the bus down to Grand Trunk in Detroit and hop on there. We can't hold the bus for you if you're late, though. Sorry to be so mean about that. There's a schedule to keep and we want everyone to have a good time.

Can I drink on the bus?

Yes, within reason. Take it easy, lampshade. You're on a starting and stopping bus and there aren't frequent bathroom breaks. This is a knowledge-intensive tour, and while there probably won't be a test at the end, if all you want to do is booze up this probably isn't your gig.

What if I can't show up? Will my friend be able to go instead?

Totally. Just let us know ahead of time via and we'll update your tickets with the new name or send them with your printed tickets.

Will you be selling extra seats at the bus?

Nope. Sorry. All passes gotta be bought online. There's a limited number of seats and we want you to have plenty of room - no roof riders no matter how badass that might sound.

What's your refund policy? I want me dubloons.

We'll gladly refund your tickets seven days prior to the day of the event. After that, there's no refunds. Sorry to be so mean about it.

What about weather SNAFUs?
We live in Michigan. Sometimes Mother Nature likes to throw us a curveball. We keep safety as our highest priority. In case of gnarly weather, you'll receive an email the day of the event with a raincheck/snowcheck date. If you cannot make the rescheduled date, you'll get a voucher good for a future tour with us.
Have questions about O Pioneers! The Early Detroit History You Wish You'd Learned in School? Contact The Detroit Bus Company


Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

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