By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker
Want to buy a Detroit landmark?
A former ice-cream store featuring a giant cow head on Detroit’s east side is up for sale.
The price tag – $89,000. That’s more than a Taylor company purchased Michigan Central Station in the 1990s.
The small, abandoned building sits on a largely vacant stretch of Mack Avenue about six blocks east of Conner. Many of the residential streets surrounding the building are dotted with vacant lots, buildings and houses.
lIra Wilson & Sons Dairy opened in the 1950s, selling ice cream, candy and baked goods at a time when factory jobs were plentiful and neighborhoods were full. The building later became Dairy Ann, C&P Ice Cream and a barbecue joint.
The iconic cow was featured on Eminem’s 8 Mile movie. His character blasted the cow with a pink paintball.
At a much larger building on the west side, Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy mounted a large cow head on a billboard in the late 1950s. But the head was removed.
The sale price was first reported by Curbed Detroit.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.
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