Battle Alley - Holly, Michigan
Battle Alley in Holly, Michigan
Battle Alley is one of the most historic streets in Michigan. The narrow street is lined with cool shops. On one end of the "Alley" you will find the famous Holly Hotel where Carry Nation smashed the saloon in 1908! The other end intersects with the picturesque main thorough fare of downtown Holly. In 1910, Battle Alley became the first brick street in the village.
The historical marker located on the Holly Hotel shares a lot of information: "This historic district was once the scene of frequent brawls. In 1880, an uproar between local rowdies and workers of a traveling circus rendered so many bruised, beaten and jailed, that this street was thus named "Battle Alley." Carry A. Nation, "Kansas saloon smasher," came to Holly on August 28, 1908, at the request of the local prohibition committee. Wielding her umbrella, she strode through the alley's bars bellowing about the "Demon Rum" and its sins.