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Monuments Tour of Detroit (Self Guided), Detroit

There are many monuments and statues in the city of Detroit. Many wealthy Detroit residents have bequeathed money to the city specifically to build notable landmarks. Monuments to great personalities in the history of the city and the country are scattered across the city. Take this self-guided tour to see Detroit's unique monuments and statues.
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Monuments Tour of Detroit Map

Guide Name: Monuments Tour of Detroit
Guide Location: USA » Detroit (See other walking tours in Detroit)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • General Thaddeus Kosciuszko
  • Statue of General Alexander Macomb
  • Passo di Danza
  • Christopher Columbus Monument
  • Hand of God
  • Russell A. Alger Memorial
  • Statues of Mayors Hazen S. Pingree and William H. Maybury
  • Statue of Robert Burns
General Thaddeus Kosciuszko

1) General Thaddeus Kosciuszko

The statue of General Thaddeus Kosciuszko memorializes an American hero of Polish origin. Thaddeus Kosciuszko was a soldier and a civil rights advocate. He was in George Washington's army and participated in the Revolutionary War where he became a general. He served in France as Ambassador of the United States. He sold his properties in the U.S. and used this money to free and educate slaves. This bronze statue of the general on a horse was a gift from Poland. It was erected in 1911 and is a copy of a monument in Krakow.
Statue of General Alexander Macomb

2) Statue of General Alexander Macomb

The statue of General Alexander Macomb can be found on a busy intersection in Detroit. Alexander Macomb grew up in a rich and prominent family. Macomb had a great military career. He behaved bravely at the battle of Plattsburgh, New York, in the War of 1812. The statue, built in 1908, is designed in the Classic Revival style and is made of bronze. It is believed that the statue was made from melted cannons left over from the war. The statue depicts Macomb as a proud officer. His figure rests on a granite pedestal.
Passo di Danza

3) Passo di Danza

Passo di Danza translates to 'Step of the Dance.' This sculpture depicts a naked female ballet dancer. Italian sculptor Giacomo Manzu crafted the sculpture in the image of his wife. The dancer stands poised on her toes, ready to begin the first steps of her dance. Her elegant hands rest on her head. The statue is made from bronze and shines in the sunlight. It is located at the American Natural Gas Company Building.
Christopher Columbus Monument

4) Christopher Columbus Monument

The Christopher Columbus Monument was made possible by generous donors. The monument is a bust of Columbus that sits on a pedestal with two prows of ships as reminders of his famous discovery of America. This statue was erected in 1910 on the 400th anniversary of his death. The monument was made in Italy and was shipped to Detroit.
Hand of God

5) Hand of God

"Hand of God" is a sculpture-monument dedicated to Frank Murphy and is located at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. Murphy was a governor, a judge, U.S. Attorney General and mayor of Detroit. He contributed a great deal to the development of Michigan. The statue is shaped in the form of a giant hand. Resting on the fingers is a naked figure leaning backwards. The sculpture is made from bronze and is set on black granite.
Russell A. Alger Memorial

6) Russell A. Alger Memorial

The Russell A. Alger Memorial is located in Grand Circus Park. Alger held several public jobs, serving as a general, a United States senator, governor of Michigan, and Secretary of War. His memorial is strikingly beautiful. It was created by one of the most outstanding sculptors of the region - Daniel Chester French. The memorial consists of a pedestal topped by a statue of a female figure representing the state of Michigan. On the head of the statue is a laurel crown. She is greeting the people of Detroit with one hand and holding a sword and shield in the other. The memorial was established in 1921.
Statues of Mayors Hazen S. Pingree and William H. Maybury

7) Statues of Mayors Hazen S. Pingree and William H. Maybury

The statues of Mayors Hazen S. Pingree and William H. Maybury commemorate these civic leaders of Detroit. The statues are located in Grand Circus Park near one another. Both men were mayors of Detroit. Pingree also served as the governor of Michigan.
Statue of Robert Burns

8) Statue of Robert Burns

The statue of Robert Burns was built with donations from English immigrants. Burns was a famous writer, and his poems and songs are dedicated to his native land - Scotland. He grew up in a poor family, and in his poems he depicts scenes of everyday life for the poor people of his country. He died very young but became a symbol of Scotland through his literary contributions.

Walking Tours in Detroit, Michigan

Create Your Own Walk in Detroit

Create Your Own Walk in Detroit

Creating your own self-guided walk in Detroit is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Tour of Detroit's New Town

Nightlife Tour of Detroit's New Town

Detroit's New Town is the more modern part of the city and is where the campus of Detroit University is located. There are many great bars and nightclubs in this area that cater to a younger crowd. Take this self-guided tour to explore the nightlife in Detroit's New Town.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Henry Ford Tour of Detroit

Henry Ford Tour of Detroit

Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, is the town where the famous car maker Henry Ford was born. There are many attractions related to Henry Ford here. Visit the museum of Henry Ford, the Henry Ford Estate, historic Greenfield Village and more. Take this tour to learn more about Detroit legend Henry Ford.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Museums Tour of Detroit

Museums Tour of Detroit

You will find many interesting museums in Detroit that specialize in art, history, science and more. The most popular museum in the city is the Motor Sports Museum. Detroit historically has had close ties to the auto industry, and this strong relationship continues to this day. Take this self-guided tour to visit Detroit's best museums.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Landmarks Tour of North Detroit

Landmarks Tour of North Detroit

There are many tourist attractions in the northern area of Detroit. The Motown Historical Museum, for example, tells the history of the city from a musical perspective. There are also an amazing array of architecturally interesting buildings and churches. This self-guided tour will lead to the most notable landmarks in north Detroit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle

Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle

Detroit's Belle Isle is a wonderful island connected to the city by a bridge. There are many interesting tourist attractions on the island. You can visit a museum, stroll through a fairy-tale-beautiful park, see a memorial lighthouse and more. Take this self-guided tour to explore Belle Isle, which is fittingly named 'beautiful island'.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles
Dowtown Detroit Walk

Dowtown Detroit Walk

Detroit, being the oldest city in the Midwest, boasts a number of landmarks, many of which are concentrated in the downtown area. The must-see attractions in Detroit include the Renaissance Center, Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most fascinating landmarks and neighborhoods in downtown Detroit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles