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Detroit, Michigan is called the Motor City or more simply “Motown”. It has a metropolitan population of roughly 5.3 million. Half the people in the entire state of Michigan live in the greater Detroit area. The reason they call it the Motor City is because the big three American automakers, General Motors (GM), Ford and Chrysler, are based in Detroit and have been for nearly 100 years. The number of cars produced in Detroit and the heavy reliance of related industries on the automotive manufacturing industry makes it a hotbed for the auto transport industry as well. Our original car transport quote calculator serves Detroit especially well.
In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, the French and the British were wrestling for control of the newly discovered American continent. The Spanish concentrated their efforts in the southern regions, including the Caribbean, Central and South America. In the northern parts of America, however, France and Great Britain collided. The French were a hardy bunch and got along with the native Americans far better than the British. From Quebec, Canada and down into Michigan, the central plain states along the Mississippi and extending all the way south to Louisiana, the French established strategic posts or forts to both protect their territory and augment business interests, namely fur trapping and trading. One such place was Detroit, which was founded in 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French explorer. The French colonists later gave it the name “le détroit du lac Érié”, which literally means the “strait of Lake Erie”, because it connected Lake St. Clair (and thus Lake Huron) with Lake Erie.
Detroit has always been a boom or bust sort of town. Henry Ford perfected the art of mass production of the automobile. On a personal note, my grandfather worked for Henry Ford and saw him almost daily in the 1920’s. Ford made it a habit of walking down the assembly line to see how things were going. He respected and treated very well all his employees, shaking hands or validating everyone. It was the forward looking Henry Ford who wanted to build cars that his workers could afford to buy, and he priced them cheap enough and paid his employees well enough that could happen. Brilliant man on many levels. I return here the respect Henry Ford gave my grandfather almost 100 years ago by calling him a great and decent man.
As America grew stronger in the 20th Century and became a world power economically, militarily and philosophically (freedom and democracy, folks) … Detroit also prospered. It was Former GM President and Chief Executive Charles E. Wilson, upon his nomination by President Eisenhower, who noticed the inverse relationship of the American economy to the automotive industry when he said, “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” A fair assumption at the time but decades later maybe not as much. Though if Detroit is going great then that probably means the country is too.
Detroit was cruising along just fine until a hot Saturday night in July 1967 when the black community became fed up with police harassment and a week of riots ensued. The media had not reported the eruption of violence Saturday night, and people attending the Detroit Tigers baseball game on Sunday were caught unaware … that is until noticing smoke billowing over the stadium rooftop and hundreds of police cars forming a corridor to the highways to escort people out. The black community was mad as hell and they weren’t gonna take it anymore. The problem was that they burned and looted their own community and fifty years later it still has not recovered. It is sad to see really wonderful neighborhoods still in dilapidated condition as about 10% of the buildings remain unoccupied, and many others deteriorating. At the same time and so very close by exist incredibly beautiful homes and wealth. From Gross Pointe to Bloomington Hills and elsewhere, Detroit is home to the rich and famous. There have been numerous attempts to revitalize Detroit with mixed results.
The 1960’s Detroit music scene, called Motown, rivaled the British music scene. Barry Gordy ran Motown and was responsible for finding –
Diana Ross & The Supremes
Gladys Knight & the Pips
The Jackson 5 (Michael Jackson!), and so many more.
Detroit was a happening town and the music was just incredible.
Detroit also has a storied sports history. The Detroit Tigers baseball team have won 4 MLB World Series Championships (1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984). Most famous players are Ty Cobb and Al Kaline. The Detroit Pistons basketball team have won 3 NBA Championships (1989, 1990 and 2004). Most famous players are Dave Bing and Isiah Thomas. The Detroit Red Wings have won 11 NHL Stanley Cup Championships (1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008). Most famous players are Gordie Howe and Steve Yzerman. The Detroit Lions have won 4 NFL Championships (1935, 1952, 1953 and 1957) but no Super Bowls – ouch! Most famous players are Bobby Lane and Barry Sanders.
Detroit rests by itself on the other side of the Canadian border, next to Lake St. Clair, on the Detroit River and nearby Lake Erie. I-75 cuts through downtown Detroit from upstate Michigan before heading due south to Ohio and beyond. I-94 arches through Detroit before heading west to Chicago. I-96 starts at downtown and extends westward to Lansing and Grand Rapids. I-275 and I-296 circle the Detroit suburbs. Detroit is laid out on a square grid and fairly easy to navigate.
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More helpful links about Detroit, MI
Historical research and current events
- Detroit Historical Museums & Society
- Experience Detroit
- Labor, Urban Affairs and Detroit History archival collections at the Walter P. Reuther Library
- Virtual Motor City Collection