Demoliton work has begun on the largest section of the Globe Trading Company building as it begins its transformation into Michigan's Outdoor Adventure and Discovery Center. The center will be the latest addition to the William Milliken State Park and Harbor when it is completed some time in 2014.
The complex was constructed in phases between 1892 and 1900. It served as the home of the Detroit Dry Dock Company, Dry Dock Engine Works and the Detroit Shipbuilding Company. The Boblo Island ferry boats St. Clair and Columbia were both constructed there, and a young Henry Ford worked at the engine works as an apprentice machinist.