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Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA - Woodward Ave., Detroit, Mich.
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Woodward Ave., Detroit, Mich.

Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA - Bird's Eye View East from Majestic Building, Detroit, Mich.
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Bird's Eye View East from Majestic Building, Detroit, Mich.

Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA - Jefferson Avenue, Looking East From Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan.
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Jefferson Avenue, Looking East From Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA - Looking East on Fort Street, Detroit, Mich.
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Looking East on Fort Street, Detroit, Mich.

Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA - Capital Square Park - Griswold St., Detroit, Mich.
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Capital Square Park - Griswold St., Detroit, Mich.

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Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
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Where is Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA?  Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the seat of Wayne County. Detroit is a major port city on the Detroit River, in the Midwest region of the United States. Located north of Windsor, Ontario, Detroit area is the only major U.S. city that looks south to Canada. It was founded in 1701 by the Frenchman Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.

It is known as the world's traditional automotive center — "Detroit" is a metonym for the American automobile industry — and an important source of popular music, legacies celebrated by the city's two familiar nicknames, Motor City and Motown.

In 2006, Detroit ranked as the United States' eleventh most populous city, with 918,849 residents. At its peak, the city was the fourth largest in the country, but it has rapidly declined in population since the 1960s. wikipedia

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1701 - French settlement established (Detroit)
June 24 - Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a 43-year-old French army officer, selects a site at le détroit (the straits) - the waterway between Lakes St. Clair and Erie - and establishes a French settlement. resources/state-history-timeline/ michigan.html

1760 - French surrender Detroit to British
The French surrender Fort Pontchartrain to the British, ending French rule in Detroit. resources/state-history-timeline/ michigan.html

1763 - Indians capture all forts in Michigan, except Detroit
May 7 - During the Indian wars in the area, Pontiac leads a 135-day siege of Detroit. Indians capture all the forts in Michigan, except Detroit. resources/state-history-timeline/ michigan.html

1796 - British evacuate Detroit
July 11 - The British evacuate Detroit and abandon their posts on the Great Lakes. resources/state-history-timeline/ michigan.html

1805 - Detroit becomes seat of Michigan Territory
The Michigan Territory is created, with Detroit designated as the seat of government. William Hull is appointed as governor. Detroit is destroyed by fire. resources/state-history-timeline/ michigan.html

1812 - Detroit surrendered to British
Detroit and Fort Mackinac are surrendered to the British during the War of 1812. resources/state-history-timeline/ michigan.html

DETROIT, May 10 – 9 A. M.

Detroit was visited yesterday by the most destructive conflagration, yet known in its history. A fire broke out about half past 11 in the morning, in a large yellow warehouse, between Randolph and Bates streets, between 80 and 100 buildings were lain in ashes, including two or three large warehouses on the river, the Steamboat Hotel, Water's hotel, and a number of private residences on Jefferson Avenue.
The district burnt includes some half dozen blocks. The fire or... Read MORE...

From the Det. Advertiser and Tribune.

Our city was visited Saturday morning by an appalling calamity. The propeller Nile, of Evans & Co.'s line of propellers, from Buffalo to Chicago via Milwaukee, exploded her boiler about half past 7 o'clock, just as the passengers were about to sit down to breakfast. The explosion occurred at Buckley & Co.'s dock where the boat had been lying about an hour. The stern of the boat is a complete wreck and nearly all under water. The bow is all shattered, but ... Read MORE...

News 1869 - Detroit is the residence of an enterprising boy of six years, who can hardly speak, but has run away eight or ten times during the present year.
Several times he has reached a distance of one hundred miles from home, and was sent back by conductors.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
October 30, 1869

News 1869 - A fire at Detroit a few days ago destroyed the Fulton Iron Works. Loss $50,000. Ten firemen were injured while attempting to subdue the flames.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 3, 1869


Detroit, July 23. - A terrible accident occurred about ten o'clock last evening on the Detroit River, some nine miles below this city. The excursion steamer Garland, with 1,200 persons on board, under the auspices of the Detroit Moulders' union, while going down the river collided with the steam yacht Mamie, coming up, cutting her in two so that she almos... Read MORE...

News 1883 - Big Explosion at Detroit.
DETROIT, May 21. - About 3 o'clock this afternoon, a terrific boiler explosion occurred at the New Wolverine paper mill, in the eastern part of this city.

The walls of the building were blown down, and the explosion was felt many blocks away.

W. L. THOMPSON, engineer, a one-armed man, was undoubtedly instantly killed. He leaves a young wife. PETER FRANK, fireman, was so badly injured that he cannot live but a few hours.

The mill was new; erected a few months ago by the Wolverine Car Roo... Read MORE...

News 1884 - A Serious Blaze in Detroit
Detroit, Mich., Sept. 18. Fire broke out yesterday afternoon in Thomas Moore’s planing-mill on High street. Delbridge, Brooks & Fisher’s planning-mill was also ignited, and the flames soon leaped across Grand River avenue, setting fire to Reed’s block of stores, Crapo’s lumber yard and Engel’s brick block. A dozen or more persons were passing along Grand avenue when the flames leaped across there. Before they could get out of the way several had their necks and faces painfully blistered. About s... Read MORE...

News 1887 - Death In The Flames
Detroit, Mich., Aug. 31. - The livery barn of J.H. COLES, No. 151 Gratiot Avenue, burned this morning with all its contents.

George S. HALL, a farmer from near Mt. Clemens, 65 years old, perished in the flames, and his son Henry HALL, about 20 years old, and a farmer named John PEARSEAL, barely escaped. They jumped from the second story, sustaining only a general shaking up.

Fifteen horses, several wagons, and a large lot of hay and grain were consumed. Coles' was the stopping place for ma... Read MORE...

News 1892 - A Millionaire Killed by a Fall.
DETROIT, Mich., Sept. 23,- J. H. Wicks, a millionaire of New York city, and president of the Wick's Refrigerator Company, with headquarters at Rochester, N. Y., fell out of the second-story window of a house tonight and was instantly killed. He was entirely nude, and it was supposed was intoxicated. He fell sixteen feet to the stone sidewalk, striking on the back of his head, breaking his neck and fracturing his skull.
The Sun
Baltimore, Maryland
September 24, 1892

News 1895 - THREE FIREMEN FATALLY HURT. A Freight Train Dashed Into a Hook and Ladder Truck.
DETROIT, Mich., March 7. - A shocking accident occurred at the intersection of Canfield avenue and the railroad tracks early this morning. There had been a fire to which Hook and Ladder Company No. 5 had been called. As the truck was crossing the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee tracks a freight train dashed into the truck and threw it from the track. The following men were probably fatally hurt: Driver ANTHONY KORTE, married, aged 26; Steersman CHRISTIAN GOEBET, single, aged 51; Lieutenant CH... Read MORE...

...Detroit, Feb. 9. - Dispatches received here indicate that the storm center for the southern peninsula of Michigan is in the southwestern portion, where trains area all badly delayed by the combination of fierce winds and heavy snows. At Benton Harbor a 48 mile gale is reported. No Big Four trains have arrived since yesterday, and Chicago and Western Michigan trains are six to seven hours late. At Mainstee the cold is severe, but less wind. At Kalamazoo and Paw Paw the snow is blinding and roa... Read MORE...

News 1896 - March 6 - Charles King test drives gasoline-powered automobile
March 6 - Charles King of Detroit is the first person to test drive a gasoline-powered automobile in Michigan. resources/ state-history-timeline/ michigan.html
March 6, 1896

News 1896 - June 4 – The Ford Quadricycle, the first Ford vehicle ever developed, is completed, eventually leading Henry Ford to build the empire that "put America on wheels".
At approximately 4:00 a.m. on June 4, 1896, in the shed behind his home on Bagley Avenue in Detroit, Henry Ford unveils the "Quadricycle," the first automobile he ever designed or drove.
June 4, 1896

News 1897 - DETROIT'S FIRE LOSS $700,000.

Detroit, Oct. 7. - The fire which began in the Detroit Opera House this morning did from $600,000 to $700,000 damage. Five large buildings and two smaller ones were destroyed.

The flames leaped out at the rear of the theatre, where a wall was blown out by the explosion of a calcium light. The Opera House faced the Campus Martius, and was obliquely across from the City Hall. Adjoining it in the rear the ten-story stru... Read MORE...

1899 - Ransom E. Olds established first automobile factory in Detroit webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ mitimeln.htm

1901 - Detroit - The Queen City by Silas Farmer
"Here, beside the broad, blue river buflded, I am Queen City of the Lakes."

A STREAM of crystal clearness, wide and swiftly flowing, the waters of silver and blue alive with fins and scales, a course dotted with islands large and small, wild ducks in myriads diving and dining along shores bordered with pond lilies and flags, stretches of yellow sand and bluffs of yellow clay peopled with buffalo, bear and deer, with wide leagues of grassy pastures and pleasing vistas beyond, walnuts, oaks and... Read MORE...

News 1908 - September 27 – Henry Ford produces his first Model T automobile.
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September 27, 1908

Detroit Has Spectacular Fire Which Does $250,000 Damage to Michigan Central Railway.

Detroit, Mich., Dec. 26.- A spectacular fire, starting from a cause undetermined, swept through the main depot of the Michigan Central Railway here this afternoon. The blaze, which started in one of the office rooms in an upper story, gained great headway before an employe discovered it, and although several hundred persons were in the building a the time, only one, a male employe, was injured. His condition,... Read MORE...

Detroit, de-troit' (Fr. Detroit, da'trwa', from the " strait" which constitutes the Detroit River), the metropolis of Michigan and seat of justice for Wayne co., is a port of entry very favorably situated at the head of the Detroit River, 18 miles above Lake Erie, and at the foot of Lake St. Clair, opposite Windsor, Walkerville. and Sandwich, in Canada. Lat. of city-hall, 42° 19' 51" N. ; Lon. 83° 2' 54.6" W. Detroit is an important railway junction, the Grand Trunk, the Michigan Central, the Wa... Read MORE...

1920 - March 22-23 - A spectacular display of the Northern Lights at Detroit, Michigan, was described so brilliant as to blot out all stars below first magnitude.
The Weather Channel

News 1931 - October 4 – Dick Tracy, the comic strip detective character created by cartoonist Chester Gould, makes his debut appearance in the Detroit Mirror newspaper.
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October 4, 1931

1934 - July 17 - One of the worst heat waves in the history of the nation commenced. During the last two weeks of the month extreme heat claimed 679 lives in Michigan, including 300 in Detroit alone.
The Weather Channel

1934 - The University of Detroit Stadium hosted the first broadcasted Thanksgiving Day football game in 1934, pitting the Detroit Lions against the Chicago Bears and sparking a new tradition.

1939 - September 15 - The temperature at Detroit MI soared to 100 degrees to establish a record for September.
The Weather Channel

1959 - Motown Records
Berry Gordy, Jr. founds Motown Records in Detroit. resources/state-history-timeline/ michigan.html

1967 - Racial Riots
Riots erupt in Detroit amidst racial tensions. resources/state-history-timeline/ michigan.html

Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here

We currently have information about 37 ancestors who were born and/or died in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA. View them Now

Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Guillaume Boucher dit St Amour (19 January 1665 - ) & Angélique Ptolomee (18 September 1679 - )
married 16 August 1716

Charles Tarte (Feb. 1827 - Nov 2, 1906) & Matilda Dufault (Aug. 1835 - Dec 2, 1923)
married 31 Dec 1869

Alexander Tarte (Aug 24, 1873 - June 2, 1916) & Helena Hofsommer (Jan 1875 - June 21 1956)
married 19 Feb 1892

Robert Calvin Kaiser (29 Nov 1882 - 27 May 1954) & Edith Millson (7 Jun 1889 - 7 February 1920)
married 17 Sep 1913
Walter Charles Allard (6/4/1893 - 9/8/1965) & Marie Eclesta McCarron (4/3/1895 - 10/11/1978)
married 7 January 1913

Robert Calvin Kaiser (29 Nov 1882 - 27 May 1954) & Alice Elizabeth Halladay (7 May 1876 - 12 Feb 1971)
married 14 Feb 1921

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