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The Whiz Kids

The Whiz Kids

Ford Motor Co. was in shambles following World War II, and was on the road to bankruptcy, until young Henry Ford II hired 10 bright financial managers.

January / February 2014
Christmas at Hudson's

Christmas at Hudson's

Detroit's greatest department store decked the halls on a grand scale that's unimaginable today.

November/December 2013
No Small Stretch

No Small Stretch

A vote for progress, following a nasty public squabble, propelled the Ambassador Bridge.

September/October 2013
Salty Towns

Salty Towns

Thanks to thick deposits from the Devonian Period, Michigan once produced the most salt in the United States.

July / August 2013
Open House

Open House

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

May / June 2013
Test Tube

Test Tube

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

March / April 2013
Highest Frequency

Highest Frequency

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

January / February 2013
Ford Rotunda

Ford Rotunda

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

November/December 2012
Wall Street of Detroit

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.

September/October 2012
A Shining Beacon

A Shining Beacon

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

July / August 2012

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