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Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Where is Detroit, Michigan, USA? 

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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Detroit, Michigan, USA - Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872
Detroit, Michigan, USA

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by... Read MORE...
Detroit, Michigan, USA - Glance at Detroit from the City Hall

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872
Detroit, Michigan, USA

Glance at Detroit from the City Hall

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers,... Read MORE...
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Wa-Hoo Blood and Nerve Tonic
Made in Detroit, MI

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Detroit, Michigan, USA - G. Stammann
One Price Clothing House
Custom Clothes a Specialty
62 & 64 Michigan Ave., Detroit, Mich.
Detroit, Michigan, USA

G. Stammann
One Price Clothing House
Custom Clothes a Specialty
62 & 64 Michigan Ave., Detroit, Mich.

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

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

Bird's Eye View East from Majestic Building, Detroit, Mich.
Detroit, Michigan, USA - Jefferson Avenue, Looking East From Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan.
Detroit, Michigan, USA

Jefferson Avenue, Looking East From Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan.
Detroit, Michigan, USA - Looking East on Fort Street, Detroit, Mich.
Detroit, Michigan, USA

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

Capital Square Park - Griswold St., Detroit, Mich.
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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...Read MORE...

1760 - French surrender Detroit to British
The French surrender Fort Pontchartrain to the British, ending French rule in Detroit.

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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...Read MORE...

1796 - British evacuate Detroit
July 11 - The British evacuate Detroit and abandon their posts on the Great Lakes.

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Detroit: "A Photographic History" Part 1 (1800's-1920)


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1805 - Detroit becomes seat of Michigan Territory
The Michigan Territory is created, with Detroit designated as the seat of government. William Hull...Read MORE...

1812 - Detroit surrendered to British
Detroit and Fort Mackinac are surrendered to the British during the War of 1812.

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1813 - Detroit recaptured by United States

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996
News  1848 - TERRIBLE FIRE IN DETROIT
DETROIT, May 10 – 9 A. M.

Detroit was visited yesterday by the most destructive conflagration,...Read MORE...

1862 - Vernors ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States.
In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to...Read MORE...

News  1864 - THE PROPELLER NILE BLOWN UP. SIX PERSONS KILLED, AND ELEVEN INJURED.
From the Det. Advertiser and Tribune.

Our city was visited Saturday morning by an appalling...Read MORE...

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
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...Read MORE...

1879 - The first people in the nation to receive assigned phone numbers lived in Detroit.

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News  1880 - RIVER RACING -- SAD RESULT OF THE PRACTICE ON DETROIT RIVER.
A PLEASURE YACHT LOADED WITH CATHOLIC EXCURSIONISTS RUN INTO - THE YACHT CUT IN TWO AND SUNK,...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...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 ...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...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 ...Read MORE...

News  1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
...Detroit, Feb. 9. - Dispatches received here indicate that the storm center for the southern...Read MORE...

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...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...Read MORE...

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...Read MORE...

News  1897 - DETROIT'S FIRE LOSS $700,000.
FOUR LARGE BUILDINGS AND TWO SMALLER ONES DESTROYED WITH THE OPERA HOUSE.

Detroit, Oct. 7. - The ...Read MORE...

News  1898 - SLAIN BY A FALLING ROOF - Its Collapse on a New Theatre In Detroit Buries Workmen. - OVER HALF A SCORE KILLED.
Nearly Twenty Men Are Injured – The Roof Fell Without Warning and Buried the Workmen Beneath the...Read MORE...

1899 - Ransom E. Olds established first automobile factory in Detroit

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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...Read MORE...

1903 - June 16 - Ford Motor Company is incorporated in Detroit, Michigan

June 16, 1903
1908 - September 27 – Henry Ford produces his first Model T automobile.

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September 27, 1908
News  1913 - OLD DEPOT BURNS; NEW ONE IS READY
Detroit Has Spectacular Fire Which Does $250,000 Damage to Michigan Central Railway.

Detroit,...Read MORE...

1916
Detroit, de-troit' (Fr. Detroit, da'trwa', from the " strait" which constitutes the Detroit River), ...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  1930 - 2 KILLED AS FREIGHT ENGINE JUMPS TRACK - Open Switch Causes Wreck at Detroit
DETROIT, Sept 28 (AP) - The brakeman and fireman of a Michigan Central freight train were killed...Read MORE...

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 - 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.

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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
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.

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1967 - Racial Riots
Riots erupt in Detroit amidst racial tensions.

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