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Closing Bell

Open House

Aided by a federal land grant, the real estate market in the 19th century Detroit roared to life.

Test Tube

William Banks created WGPR-TV in Detroit, the nation’s first black-owned station, giving the black community access to the airwaves.

Highest Frequency

By creating ideas seemingly out of thin air, Bill Lear helped perfect the first successful car radio.

Ford Rotunda

The Ford Rotunda was the nation's fifth most popular tourist attraction until a fire consumed it.

Wall Street of Detroit

The Buhl Building in downtown Detroit served as a secret repository for financing armament production in the lead-up to World War II.

A Shining Beacon

Taking on gas and electric monopolies, along with political corruption, Detroit Mayor Hazen S. Pingree led the city of out darkness.

Water Works

The Cadillaqua festival in 1912 showcased Detroit’s love of aquatic sports, along with its penchant for fireworks — be it pyrotechnics or political scandals.

The Hull Story

Long before the automotive industry roared to life, shipbuilders were a dominant force in Detroit.

Rubber Match

Detroit's Uniroyal plant helped put the world on wheels before succumbing to technology and age. But the gunk and crud remained - until now.

Captain of Industry

Eber Brock Ward, Detroit’s first industrialist and first multimillionaire, had an early hand in steelmaking, railroads, lumber, ships, and bridges until lower-cost competitors prevailed.

Midnight Rider

As Chevrolet Division of General Motors turns 100, the genius of its namesake, a Swiss-French immigrant, share in a celebration.

Strokes of Fortune

It was called Cadillaqua Week, and in the summer of 1912, it was intended to make Detroit the water sports capital of America. The four-day, $200,000 extravaganza held on the Detroit River celebrated the city’s founding on July 24, 1701.
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