DEARBORN, Mich. – The Dearborn Historical Museum is hosting a photographic journey of paddling on the Rouge River at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Detroit Free Press reporter Joel Thurtell and photographer Patricia Beck share their perspective on the canoe excursion they took on the Rouge River. They expose a surprisingly beautiful and hidden urban wilderness, unexpected alongside industrial properties.
The Rouge River is well-known for the huge Ford Motor Co. manufacturing complex near the mouth of the river, along with steel mills; cement, gypsum and salt operations; and the largest single-unit wastewater treatment plant in the country.
For many years it was too polluted for recreational use, but clean-up efforts have substantially decreased the pollution and a renewed environment is continuing to evolve.
Up the Rouge! Paddling Detroit’s Hidden River will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the McFadden-Ross House, 915 Brady Street.
The event is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 313.565.3000.