Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Graffiti / Street Art - 2 Comments

Detroit Graffiti at the Lincoln Street Trestle

Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 8Where the Michigan Central Railroad tracks cross over the Lincoln Street trestle, along the very border of the Northwest Goldberg and Wayne State neighborhoods, lies one of the most extensive and impressive collections of Detroit graffiti and street art you’ll find, yet another open-air gallery of unequalled brilliance that showcases over 65 works of varying styles.

At approximately 5850 Lincoln you’ll find pieces of widely disparate quality upon the multi-arched concrete pylons that support the double train trestle and also upon the adjacent walls on either side of the recessed street. A glance up the opposing channels between the twin trestles reveal two litter-strewn but walkable paths to far less accessible goldmines. I Love Detroit Michigan advises its readers to take caution if entering these no-man’s-land type industrial areas that are, hint, hint, most likely policed by railroad officers of an affiliation unknown to us. Elijah McCoy Homesite Historical MarkerJust a few more gems can be found amongst the graveyard of semi trailers across the road from Lincoln Street Art Park to the north, especially towards the very back of the lot upon the buttress-like walls that run parallel to the tracks.

When you’ve had your fill of graffiti, head back south on Lincoln Street past the trestle, to the corner of Elijah McCoy Drive, and read the historical marker that commemorates the life of the famed African-American inventor and Michigan Central Railroad fireman who lived much of his adult life on this site in the great city of Detroit. ~I♥DM

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 11. “Fel 3000 ft.”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 22. “SINTEX”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 43. “ELI DECO”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 54. “ELI DECO”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 75. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 96. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 107. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 118. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 129. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 1310. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 1411. & 12. Unknown Artist(s?)

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13. “RUIN”Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 17

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 1814. Unknown Artist (“PORNOE”??)

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15. UnknowDetroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 19n Artist (“YUNU”??)

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 2016. “DEAD ¢KRAK HEAD”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 2117. “AMO”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 2218. “SKWIRL”

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19.“OLIVER”Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 23

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 2420. “ELI DECO”

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21. “MALT aka BrownBagDetroitDetroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 25

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 2622. Unknown Artist

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23. Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 27“PAID”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 2824. & 25. “ABE”?? & “KOSEK”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 2926. “AMO”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 3027. “BIG”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 3128. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 3229. “DEMS”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 3330. “Unknown Artist”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 3431. “YEAH”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 3532. “STORI”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 3633. “FROST”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 3734. “PANZE”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 3835. “VOMIT”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 3936. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 4037. “REFT”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 4138. “TURDL”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 4239. “RIKY”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 4340. “ELMER”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 4441. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 4542. “REPHT” aka “REFT”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 4643. “AMO”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 4744. “AIRES”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 4845. “MINCE”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 4946. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 5047. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 5148. “IGES”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 5249. “ANNOY”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 5350. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 5451. “STORI”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 5552. “DEAD ¢KRAK HEAD”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 5653. “ABORT”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 5754. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 5855. “MALT” aka “BrownBagDetroit”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 5956. “ELI DECO”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 6057. “STORI”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 6158. “MALT” aka “BrownBagDetroit”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 6259. “BANDIT”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 6360. “SKIE”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 6461. “PORAB”??

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 6562. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 6663. Unknown Artist

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 6764. “DYKE”

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Detroit Graffiti Lincoln Street Trestle 6865. Unknown Artist

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.

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