Here's some interesting background on the Michigan State Police presence in Monroe County. It's in .pdf so I can't paste the photos or copy the text. It mentions the Erie post on page 25 and the Flat Rock post on page 22... talks about their original goal in Monroe County was to stop the rumrunners from Ohio that were using the "newly paved Dixie Highway" for their smuggling...http://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/Second_District_-_p17-26_181271_7.pdf
When we first moved to this area I thought it was strange for one county to have two posts (the county I grew up in didn't even have one).
Here are some Google "Streetviews" of the buildings in the above article:
The original Erie post on Telegraph near M-151:http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=41.809626,-83.499033&spn=0.001621,0.003484&hnear=La+Salle,+Monroe,+Michigan&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=41.809854,-83.499132&panoid=bx8sT-zqn45kc42AP60RSA&cbp=12,330.24,,0,9.38
Today it's used as an apartment building.
The later post (still called Erie even though it's a mile into LaSalle)... if you didn't read the article it tells that this was originally a Welcome Center for out of state visitors coming north on US24. I do remember that when the MSP finally moved to the Monroe Post that this one was in pretty rough shape. It's been getting worse since it hasn't been being used by OMNI and it's probably time it was torn down!
Too many trees to get a good street level view of the building in LaSalle... here's a low level aerial... you can see how it was built to serve both north and south bound Telegraph...
drag the map just a little to the north and you can see the old scale house... I haven't seen it "OPEN" for years although they do still impound an overweight or unsafe truck there from time to time. Mostly the local truckers just use it for overnight parking.
We see some interesting "wide loads" pulled in there overnight too... windmill blades are there from time to time.
The above article was written before the MSP moved to Monroe...
Here's their current post on Jones Avenue:http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=41.906054,-83.401036&spn=0.006508,0.013937&hnear=La+Salle,+Monroe,+Michigan&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=41.906111,-83.401151&panoid=iKkjh3S9UTFLYSJGM7VlDQ&cbp=12,191.66,,0,1.04
And the former Flat Rock post which is now an office complex on the banks of Huron River:http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=42.09398,-83.295769&spn=0.001622,0.003484&hnear=La+Salle,+Monroe,+Michigan&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=42.09398,-83.295769&panoid=PR6PEPXukVkuR8FCthNgwA&cbp=12,350.36,,0,2.22
The article mentions that this was the very last post built in this design and that it replaced a post in Rockwood... anyone remember where the post in Rockwood was. I found it interesting that the one in Rockwood was only 10 years old when they built the one in Flat Rock... I wonder if there was an outcry then about wasted tax dollars