Monday, July 20, 2020

Hubbard Street - SODA History

A brief history about the name of Hubbard Street 

Not to be confused with Hubbard Drive which runs East / West through the middle of Dearborn, Hubbard Street runs North / South for two blocks between Madison St. and Oxford St. in the heart of the SODA neighborhood. According to the Dearborn Historical Museum and the Dearborn Press & Guide; Huddard St. was named after Bessie Hubbard, wife of Jackson Howard Pardee. The land in the area that is now the Southwestern Outer Drive Neighborhood was once rows of ribbon farms and the Pardee family was the owner of one of those farms. 
A Wayne County map from 1893 shows the Pardee farm which was bordered by Monroe St. to the East and what is now Pardee St. to the West, another street named after the Pardee family. To the North the farm border ran along what is now Oxford St. and the farm extended West in the direction of the what is now Princeton St. up to what is now Parker St.. The 1893 map shows a structure was near what is now the Hubbard St. location, possibly the Pardee family home or a building that supported the family farm.