Fun Facts About Detroit, MI
Belle Isle opened in 1884 and is the largest island park in the United States. Belle Isle is home to an aquarium, conservatory, and nature zoo.
Detroit was the first city in the United States to pave a road, making it easier for cars to travel from place to place. The first mile of concrete is located at Woodward Avenue between 6 Mile and 7 Mile roads in Detroit.
During Prohibition in the 1920s, Detroit was an ideal place to smuggle and hide liquor. With its proximity to Canada, taking the highway from Detroit was a piece of cake. The city was responsible for smuggling the most alcohol in the United States.
Drinking Vernors is a Michigan thing, and people outside of the state should be jealous they cannot get ahold of the refreshing soft drink. Created in 1866 by James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist, it is a staple in Michigan.
A man named Berry Gordy created Motown in the late ’50s. Popular Motown musicians include Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Mary Wells. The city has always been known for its music, so it’s no surprise that techno also originated in Detroit in the ’80s.
Detroit has the second largest theatre district in the U.S. New York comes in first. Fox Theatre in the downtown area is the largest surviving movie palace of the 1920s.
Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech was delivered during the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. However, some of the address is familiar to his speech in Detroit during the city’s Walk to Freedom in June of 1963.
Underneath your feet, almost 1,200 feet underground, lies the Detroit Salt Mine. An area of more than 1,500 acres, the salt mine is older than automobiles and contains salt deposits more aged than the dinosaurs! Public tours of the mine are available!
Detroit has more registered bowlers than any other city. On any given day, it is safe to assume more balls are being carefully tossed down alleys in Detroit than anywhere else in the country.
Detroit never stops growing! There are always new bars and restaurants opening their doors in the Detroit area.
Area Codes: 913
Zip Codes: 48127, 48201, 48202, 48203, 48204, 48205, 48206, 48207, 48208, 48209, 48210, 48211, 48212, 48213, 48214, 48215, 48216, 48217, 48219, 48221, 48222, 48223, 48224, 48225, 48226, 48227, 48228, 48231, 48232, 48233, 48234, 48235, 48236, 48238, 48239, 48240, 48243, 48244, 48255, 48260, 48264, 48266, 48267, 48268, 48269, 48272, 48275, 48277, 48278, 48279, 48288
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