Once abandoned as people flocked to the suburbs, main streets are making a comeback. One main street in Michigan is getting national attention as the very best in the U.S.!

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What do you think are some iconic main streets in Michigan? Not long ago, Calumet was honored as having the best main street shopping in the state.

USA Today and 10Best were on the hunt for the best main streets in the country. A panel of experts chose 20 places with charming main streets that are "living history, have a vibrant culture, and serve as the hearts of their communities."

Downtown Howell, Facebook
Downtown Howell, Facebook

The Michigan main street voted No. 1 in the U.S. is Howell! 

Howell, Mich., is the largest city and county seat of Livingston County. Platted in 1835 by a group of settlers from Detroit, it was later incorporated in 1863.

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Howell offers many events and festivals throughout the year, including multiple along its iconic main street like the Howell Melon Festival and the Sunday Farmer's Market.

In the historic downtown you'll find boutiques, salons, restaurants, coffee shops and more.

Here's USA Today's praise for Howell's main street:

Grand River Avenue, the main street in Howell, is home to numerous historic buildings that now house a variety of unique shops and local eateries. This street is where you'll find the Howell Opera House, as well as the popular 2FOG's Pub.

Howell Opera House, Facebook
Howell Opera House, Facebook

Here's the rest of the Top Ten Best Main Streets:

  1. Howell, Michigan
  2. Emporia, Kansas
  3. Ogden Utah
  4. DeLand, Florida
  5. McMinnville, Oregon
  6. Bellevue, Pennsylvania
  7. Ellicottville, New York
  8. Grand Junction, Colorado
  9. Hickory, North Carolina
  10. Haddonfield, New Jersey

Vintage Photos of Howell

Did You Know Howell Had A Condensed Milk Factory?

Back when Michigan was a booming metropolis for business, you would've seen factories galore. Take a look at a now long gone piece of history in Howell, that supplied condensed milk to the residents of Howell. Unfortunately, a fire took out the factory in 1912.

Howell Sanitarium, Early 1900s