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Detroit History

America’s 23rd-largest city has had an oversized impact on the world. Founded by French settlers in the 17th century, by the 19th century it had become the border between the British colonies of Canada and the newly-independent US, and a key destination for those escaping slavery. In the 20th century, Detroit kicked the Industrial Revolution into high gear with the first mass-produced automobiles, and later launched the careers of some the world’s most popular musicians. Explore Detroit’s famous stories, as well as a few surprises, at these seven sites, some of which have only recently been opened to the public.

  • 1.

    Boston-Edison Historic District

    Boston-Edison Historic District

    Home of prominent Detroit citizens since 1904.

  • 2.

    The Motown Museum

    The Motown Museum

    Birthplace of the world's favorite songs.

  • 3.

    The Fisher Building

    The Fisher Building

    An art deco skyscraper built by auto industry pioneers.

  • 4.

    Underground Railroad Memorial

    Underground Railroad Memorial

    Remembering Detroit as the last stop on the road to freeedom.

  • 5.

    Ford Piquette Ave. Plant

    Ford Piquette Ave. Plant

    Original home of the Model T.

  • 6.

    James Scott Memorial Fountain

    James Scott Memorial Fountain

    A striking Detroit landmark with an unusual history.

  • 7.

    Historic Fort Wayne

    Historic Fort Wayne

    No battles but plenty of history.

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