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Beacons of Commerce

In the 19th century, lighthouse construction helped Great Lakes shipping flourish.

Under The Hood

Continental Motors Co. supplied horsepower to independent automakers before taking to the air.

Joyeux Noël

Christmas shopping in Detroit was simpler in 1880 before department stores, mass merchandising, and the debut of Santa’s Grotto.

Central Line

Hotel Register

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.

Academic Review

The University of Michigan sprang up in Detroit 1817, but the institution’s official seal had the incorrect founding date until 1929.

Hudson Man

Roy D. Chapin’s golden touch and prodigious talents propelled the fledgling auto industry.

Railroad Ties

Railroad car construction started in Detroit before the Civil War, and was the dominant industry prior to the horseless carriage.

Mother of Motors

The original Pontchartrain Hotel only lasted 13 years, but it helped to foster the automotive industry.

Real Estates

Originally considered suburban, Detroit’s Boston-Edison neighborhood was home to many automotive luminaries.

The Gray Fox

An early manufacturer and natural showman, Gar Wood pursued speed records and led the development of the recreational marine industry.

When Olds Was Young

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.
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