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Detroit Facts

With its strong historical ties to the automobile industry, Detroit will most likely always be remembered as The Motor City. With its diverse population and location near so many interesting sights, the city is much more than that. But, here are 7 things you don't know about Detroit.

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  1. The name Detroit comes from nearby Detroit River which links Lake Huron to Lake Erie. The entire Detroit River is only 32 miles long.

  2. The Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit with Windsor, Ontario across the Canadian border, is the busiest single border crossing in North America.

  3. In the 1940s, Detroit became home to the world's first urban depress freeway, known as the Davison Freeway, now known as the M-8.

  4. During the 1960s, Detroit ranked as high as the 4th most populous city in the United States. As of 2006, it ranked as the 11th most populous city in the United States.

  5. For 42 yea, from 1805 to 1847, Detroit was the capital of the State of Michigan. Currently the state capital is in Lansing, Michigan.

  6. Detroit has made official bids to host the Summer Olympics seven times and never succeeded, this is the most unsuccessful bids by any city in the world without ever being awarded the games. Bids for the Summer Olympics were made in the years: 1944, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968 and 1972.

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  8. Detroit is home to the only international wildlife preserve in North America to be completely located within a major metropolitan area, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

  9. With its location to the Canadian border, sports franchises, and musical history, Detroit has proven to be much more than a one-industry city. A trip to Detroit is a trip filled with a tremendous amount of sight seeing opportunities.

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