Detroit, Michigan Interesting Facts About Detroit
- Is home to the Motown sound founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1957.
- Installed the first mile of paved concrete road, just north of the Model T plant, on Woodward Avenue.
- Built the nation’s first urban freeway, the Davison, in 1942.
- Is home to the oldest state fair in the nation, first held in 1849.
- Is the potato chip capital of the world, based on consumption.
- Is home to the world’s only floating post office. The J.W. Westcott II, can be found on the Detroit River.
- Is north of Canada.
- Is second in the nation in fishing rod sales.
- Shares the world’s first auto traffic tunnel between two nations ? the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel.
- Is home to the second tallest hotel in North America, the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, at 73 stories.
- Created the nation’s first soda, Vernors. It was created in Detroit by pharmacist James Vernor in 1862.
- Has the most registered bowlers in the United States.
- Was the first city in the nation to assign individual telephone numbers in 1879.
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