1987 : Bailey Sisoy Isgro Born, Detroit History Tours Founder

January 11, 2023 all-day


Bailey Sisoy Isgro sits at the parlor table in her home, which she’s renovating for her business, Detroit History Tours.

On January 11, 1987, somewhere in what is now Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Bailey Sisoy Isgro came squalling into the world.

Many years later, Isgro started Detroit History Tours.

“When (my partner and I) started this, we thought we might do four tours a year,” Isgro said. “Last year we did 117.”

The events and tours are designed for entertainment as much as edification. Wild Women of Detroit takes bus riders on a cruise around town to see the haunts of “broads, women, cats, ladies and Rosies.” Cops and Mobsters looks into Detroit’s rich history of organized crime. At the house, a Valentine-themed event presents a dessert tasting, along with looks at several speakers’ “historic crush,” and on some Saturdays there’s a brunch with “Interesting People Reading Interesting Things,” which Isgro calls “storytime for adults.”

“People are really interested in Detroit history,” Isgro said. “And they want to have a good time doing it.”

Source: Nancy Derringer,  “How one businesswoman is drawing inspiration from a legendary madam“,  Bridge, February 1, 2017.