Detroit Michigan is defined by the strength and resilience of its people. It's important to understand the city's history so we can respect where it's been so we can raise a toast to where it's going.
The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the Midwest after the Chicago metropolitan area.
In 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, which is the future city of Detroit.
Detroit is named after the Detroit River, which links Lake Huron and Lake Erie. The word "detroit" is French for "strait."
In the 19th century, Detroit became a bustling industrial hub and was the 4th-largest in the nation in 1920, after only New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia. The booming auto industry greatly affected their influence.
As the auto industry expanded during the 20th century, Detroit and its surrounding areas enjoyed quick growth.
Due to industrial restructuring, loss of jobs in the auto industry, and people moving out of the city, Detroit lost a large amount of its population from the late 20th century to the present.
In 2013, Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, when the city government regained control of Detroit's finances.
It's fascinating to learn all about Detroit History by visiting the locations listed below.
In 1959 Berry Gordy launches Motown Records. Five Big Music Stars discovered by Mr. Gordy include:
- Michael Jackson (the Jackson Five)
- Stevie Wonder
- The Temptations
- The Supremes (Diana Ross)
- Marvin Gaye
In the 1950's, Detroit was the wealthiest city in the world.
- Tim Allen
- Sonny Bono (1935)
- Jerry Bruckheimer (1945)
- Alice Cooper (1948)
- Francis Ford Coppola (1939)
- Jeff Daniels
- Tom Selleck (1945)
The Detroit Pistons play an import role in Detroit History. The Pistons franchise began in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1937. The team played under the original owner, Fred Zollner.
Where did the Detroit Pistons Name Originate?
Zollner’s business manufactured pistons for automobiles, so he named his team the Fort Wayne Pistons.
Zollner wanted the best advantage for his team, so in 1957, he decided they would move to Detroit, Michigan. Zollner retained the Pistons name because it made perfect sense with Detroit’s automotive identity.
Pistons Historical Progression
The Pistons played in the Olympia Stadium and then moved to Cobo Arena in 1961.
In 1974, Zollner sold the Pistons to Bill Davidson for $6,000,000.00. The team moved to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1978 when Isiah Thomas was drafted shortly thereafter. Chuck Daly was the Pistons coach in 1983 and lead the Pistons to playoffs for nine seasons.
In 1988, the Pistons were relocated to the Palace of Auburn Hills. The team was called the “The Bad Boys” of basketball due to aggressive players such as Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn, Dennis Rodman, Adrian Dantley and Mark Aguirre. It payed off as the team became back-to-back champions in 1989 and 1990.
The Pistons appeared in the NBA Finals two consecutive years, and in 2004 they became champions with a starting squad of Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, and Tayshaun Prince.
The Detroit Pistons moved yet again to Little Caesars Arena in 2017, sharing the space with the Detroit Red Wings for the first time since Olympia Stadium.
Check out the new Detroit Pistons Performance Center!
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When we were wandering around Belle Isle, I discovered this very cool round abandoned structure. I was reading that it used to be a zoo on Belle Isle in Detroit! You can still see the gates to get into the zoo, some cages and exhibits but it now stands abandoned. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In 1947, the Belle Isle Zoo was downsized to a children’s zoo and finally closed in 2002. Bummer, huh!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #deservetopreserve #abandoned #abandonedzoo #belleisle #belleislepark #detroit #abandoneddetroit #photooftheday #michigan #michigander #michiganphotographer #detroitmi #detroitmichigan #motorcity #detroitcity #detroitdecay #detroit_igers #detroitlove #forgottenplaces #beautyindecay #urbanexploration #urbanexplorers #explore #michiganaddict #detroitgraphiti #urbanexplore #abandonedplaces #beautyindecay #deserve2preserve