1600 Clay St. #119, Detroit, MI 48211
One of Detroit’s coolest stores just so happens to be haunted! In 1915, a sprawling 2.2 million square foot complex was erected by architect, Albert Kahn, for John William Murray. It was originally known as the Murray Body Corporation Plant and churned out bodies and components for automobiles during the rise of Detroit’s auto industry. During the 1940’s, the plant made military supplies, including airplane wings for the B-52 Bombers during WWII.
Today the plant is known as the Russell Industrial Center and has seven buildings on site that are currently being used for commercial purposes. Nestled within one of those buildings is Detroit Urban Artifacts. Founded in 2021 by Ryan Cunningham, the store features vintage furniture, architectural salvage, oddities, signs, art, historic Detroit artifacts and so much more! With the help of his girlfriend and fellow artifact collector, Ashley Barnett (owner of Miss Holly Hock Vintage), the store is filled to the brink with all kinds of unique finds, some of which are even believed to contain spiritual attachments! One such item in the store that has stirred up paranormal activity are actual doorknobs from the old Clinton Insane Asylum.
When paranormal team, Detroit Paranormal Expeditions (DPX) and psychic medium, Brandy Miller, investigated the old factory they held a spirit box session where they were able to communicate with a nurse and her patient. In addition to that, visitors to the property have witnessed shadow figures, felt feelings of heaviness, and reported feeling as though they were being watched.
If you’re in the Detroit area, this store is a must visit, and who knows, you just might bring home a little more than you bargained for. However, if you’re into the paranormal, then that’ll be right up your alley! Before you make the trip, be sure to check the hours.