Albion Interactive History / Streets / Eaton Street

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Eaton St N & S

Eaton St N, west side [from north to south]
36-309
36-308
36-303
36-302
36-301
36-213
36-212
36-210
36-414
33-101
33-108

Eaton St N, east side [from south to north]
34-319
34-320
34-321
36-209
36-206
36-205
36-204
36-201
36-115
36-103
36-102
36-101

Eaton St S, west side [from north to south]
33-109
33-116
33-201
33-204
33-203
33-213
33-215
33-304
33-308

Eaton St S, east side [from south to north]
33-301
33-216
33-212
33-209
33-208
33-205
34-302
34-303
34-306
34-307

Description
Today North Eaton street connects Albion to Interstate 94.Before the Interstate arrived, farms and open spaces filled the space, whereautomobile oriented development stands today. Hotel, restaurant, and retailfranchises are abundant on North Eaton street, as well as automobile refuelingand repair stations.

If the street is followed south into Albion, some of thecity’s oldest homes are seen, then Eaton passes two blocks west of Albion’shistoric downtown.

From the start of black migration in the 1910s Eaton Street was the boundary that divided white and black residential areas in Albion. Many residents recount how strict segregation of housing made it impossible for black residents to find homes east of Eaton Street.

These conditions began to change with federal legislation in the 1960s to guarantee fair housing. Effects of earlier segregation continue to influence the city today, with a predominantly black west side and white east side (where the college is as well).

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