River Rouge Historical Museum

Welcome to the River Rouge Historical Museum Web Page, a huge repository of Rouge History. You may see things here that you never knew existed, in pictures, yearbooks and printed history. If you see a thumbnail picture that you like, click on it to enlarge it. Make sure that you go to the lower right corner to get to the next page. Enjoy! If you think that there's a lot here, you should see the Museum, come visit.

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origins and culture is like a tree without roots"  Marcus Garvey

If you have pictures that you would like to share, we can scan them and give the originals back to you. Or you can scan them and e-mail them to us.

Check out our Facebook Page for the newest pictures.

The recycling bin is here!  We have a paper recycling bin on the side of City Hall / Police Dept. The bin occupies the first parking spot on Jefferson where Haltiner intersects. Bring your newspapers, paper, junk mail, envelopes and magazines. The bin accepts everything but cardboard and phone books (unless you can cut the back edge off, where the glue is). All net proceeds will go to the Museum. The more tonnage we collect, the more we get per ton, so save History and save the trees by bringing your paper, newspaper and magazines to
the collection site.

Lofton Greene,  Our Lady of Lourdes,  Military,  Sports,  Union Second Baptist Church,  Christ Lutheran Church,  Tool Room,  Political,  Rouge High,  Parlor,  Police & Fire Depts.,  Edmund Fitzgerald & Shipyard,  Hockey and more.

First documented farm / homestead in 1781
Settled in 1808
Became a Village in 1899
Became a City in 1922

The River Rouge Historical Museum is housed in the historical building located on West Jefferson Avenue. Built in 1928 by the Gallagher family to house a funeral home and living quarters, the business was closed in the late 1970's and converted to office space by the Whitehead & Kales Co. When Whitehead & Kales closed its doors in the 1980's, National Steel purchased the property to house their computer center.



The building was donated to the City of River Rouge by National Steel in 1998 and re-opened as a historical museum. Displays feature authentic parlor furniture and stove from 1890's, pictures of the people and events that called River Rouge home beginning as early as 1914 to the present, and a cache of other various items of sentimental value to all those "Rouge-ites" both past present and future.

A visit to Michigan's River Rouge Historical Museum surrounds us with brilliance, enlightens us and gives us a richer appreciates for the world around us. So let's have a look at the work of the downriver masters. Let's see the stories of our ancestors come alive, and let's learn first-hand what we have only read about.

Located at 10750 West Jefferson
River Rouge, MI 48218-1232

Museum is Open Sundays
12:00 pm till 4:00 pm
For futher information contact the Mayor's Office at (313)842-4200

We are constantly adding items to this Website. Visit often to see new pictures, newsletters, news articles and reference material.

The Website cost for the 2015/2016 season is courtesy of Theresa (Bruno) & Gordon Risk.
 The Website was started on April 15, 2012 and the counter below indicates how many people have visited this site since it was started.


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