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Closing Bell

Arc of Progress

The early days of electric power in Detroit saw the launch of startup companies and created a ruckus not unlike events of the digital age.

Keen Tuning

WKNR Keener 13 in Dearborn dominated the local radio market in the mid-1960s, thanks to a young widow and a crafty consultant.

Homebred

More than a wealthy enclave, Indian Village brought architectural richness and exceptional civility to Detroit.

Freemason of Detroit

George D. Mason’s architectural practice gave form to Detroit in the early high-rise era.

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.
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