Interesting Unknown Facts You Didn’t Know About Detroit Michigan

Detroit Michigan is easily one of the most popular cities in the country. Although the midwest is often outshined by other parts of the country, Detroit has managed to build a reputation that has made it internationally known. Unfortunately; however, many of the news headlines surrounded Detroit are often negative, and many people just can’t seem to shake their bad images of the Motor City. However, like any other place, there is much more to Detroit than what you’re usually shown on TV, and this city has a very interesting history that is well-worth mentioning. Here are five things you didn’t know about Detroit Michigan.

Phone numbers

Lady talking on phone

You probably couldn’t imagine a world without phone numbers. These days, our phone numbers connect us to each other and so many other things. However, there was once a time when having a personal phone number seemed a little ridiculous. Prior to personal phone numbers, people would call local operators and ask to be connected to the person they wanted to speak to. However, in 1879, Detroit became the first city to assign residents private phone numbers – which at the time, seemed pretty cutting edge.

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Floating post office

floating post office in detroit michigan

Your neighborhood post office may be able to do a lot of things, but unless you live in Detroit Michigan there’s one thing it can’t do, and that’s float. Detroit is home to the J.W. Westcott II, which is the only floating post office in the entire country. The post office has been active for more than 60 years, and it actively delivers mail to ships that are already underway.

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The Underground Railroad

map of underground railroad

When you think of the infamous Underground Railroad, Detroit probably doesn’t come to mind at all. After all, this hidden network of people and places which worked to secretly free slaves is usually associated with the north and the south. However, Detroit actually played a very important role in the Underground Railroad. With its close proximity to Canada, Detroit became a very important stop for people making the final stop before freedom.

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Home of techno music

People parting to techno music

Most people know that Detroit is home to the popular soul/R&B label, Motown, but what most people don’t know is that Detroit is also credited with being the home of techno music. Introduced to ears everywhere during the 80s, techno has now become a very popular mainstream genre. Next time you’re at a party fist pumping like there’s no tomorrow, take a second to thank the city of Detroit.

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Renaissance Center

Detroit Marriot Renaissance Hotel

Located in the heart of Detroit, the Marriott at the Renaissance Center is not only the tallest building in all of Michigan, but also the tallest hotel sky scraper in the Western hemisphere. Erected in 1973, this 73 floor building has become one of the city’s major draws. Even if you won’t be staying as a guest at the hotel, it’s still a very cool place to take a look at if you have the time.

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