In the 19th century, lighthouse construction helped Great Lakes shipping flourish.
Continental Motors Co. supplied horsepower to independent automakers before taking to the air.
Christmas shopping in Detroit was simpler in 1880 before department stores, mass merchandising, and the debut of Santa’s Grotto.
Starting in 1835, the Michigan Exchange Hotel served as the epicenter of important social and business activities in Detroit, before changing tides brought about its end.
The University of Michigan sprang up in Detroit 1817, but the institution’s official seal had the incorrect founding date until 1929.
Roy D. Chapin’s golden touch and prodigious talents propelled the fledgling auto industry.
Railroad car construction started in Detroit before the Civil War, and was the dominant industry prior to the horseless carriage.
The original Pontchartrain Hotel only lasted 13 years, but it helped to foster the automotive industry.
Originally considered suburban, Detroit’s Boston-Edison neighborhood was home to many automotive luminaries.
An early manufacturer and natural showman, Gar Wood pursued speed records and led the development of the recreational marine industry.
Venture capital and good salesmanship induced R.E. Olds to move his fledgling car company to Detroit, where he set the die for Ford, Buick, and Chevrolet.