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Largest city in state of Michigan

  • Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan.
  • The city has the nicknames the Motor City and Motown.
  • The city was founded on July 24, 1701, by the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac.
  • It is the first city to pave a Concrete Road.
  • It is the home to the Ice Cream Soda.
  • In 1896, a thriving carriage trade prompted Henry Ford to build his first automobile in a rented workshop on Mack Avenue.
  • The city supplied 75% of liquor during prohibition era of 1920.
  • It is the city to first ever news radio broadcast.
  • It has the only floating Post office in the U.S.
  • Belle Isle Park located in a 987 acre island is the largest island park within a City.
  • It is the only city from which one can look South to Canada.
  • Detroit has a salt bed 1,200 feet below the city surface.
  • It is considered the sports capital of the Midwest.
  • With 18 professional theaters, it the second largest theater district in America next to New York.
  • It is the home to world’s largest outdoor museum is Greenfield Village in Dearborn.
  • It receives freighters from over 100 world ports on the Detroit River.
  • It is the potato chip capital of the world based on consumption.
  • It is the 18th most populous city in the United States.
  • There have been six ships of the United States Navy named after the city.
  • The city is nicknamed Motown because of its live music which became a prominent feature of Detroit's nightlife since the late 1940s.
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