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Facts about Drayton Plains, MI
Drayton Plains is an unincorporated community in Waterford Township, Michigan, United States.
Drayton Plains was never incorporated as a municipality.
It is located on Dixie Highway near the west end of Loon Lake.
As the 20th century began, the Drayton Plains train depot was opened. Built in 1908 by the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee Railway, a subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Railroad, the depot stood on the northeast corner of Mill Street and Saginaw Trail (situated on the south side of the tracks).
The depot was closed in 1957 and was demolished in 1965. A replica of the depot was built in 1995 and it stands at the Waterford Historical Society. In 1929, the Community Presbyterian church was opened at 4301 Monroe Avenue near Sashabaw Road.
The Drayton Theater, built in the 1940s, was the only movie theater in Drayton Plains. It was located on Dixie Highway between Sashabaw Road and Monroe Street.
In 1942, the Drayton Men’s Club developed Drayton Ball Park at Dixie Highway and Sashabaw Road. The ballpark is still in operation today as Shell Park.
A lumber yard, Burke Lumber, was built on the corner of Dixie Highway and Frembes Road around the mid-1940s. It was destroyed by fire in the 1960s. Today, the lot remains vacant.
In 1950, a portrait studio, Sayles Studio, opened at 4431 Dixie Highway near Monroe Street. Eventually the youngest of the Sayles children took over the family business, which is now located at 1150 Scott Lake Road in Waterford, Michigan.
In 1950, Tenuta's Super Market opened at 3515 Sashabaw Road and Walton Blvd. in Drayton Plains.
The first bowling alley in Drayton Plains was Dixie Lanes, located at 4443 Dixie Highway near Monroe Street. Opened in the 1950s, it later became Primrose Lanes, then Lighthouse Lanes and then Billy G's Lanes. In the early 1970s, the bowling alley was turned into a night club called "Heaven", which featured local bands. Today, the building is a bingo room.
When zip codes were introduced in 1963, Drayton Plains' zip code became 48020.
By the end of the 20th Century, the population of Waterford Township, Michigan was 73,150.