Midwest Living Review
Detroit is one of those iconic American cities that can credit the industrial revolution for its rise to greatness. Located on the banks of the Detroit River in an unusual geographic spot that allows it to the look south toward Canada, the city remains the 11th most populous in the country. While a shadow of the city in its heyday, the Motor City is still home to General Motors, which remains among the largest car manufacturers in the world. That long history is best exemplified at the Ford Rouge Factory, where visitors can not only learn about the revolutionary Ford assembly line, but watch trucks put together at a clip of one every 60 seconds. The deep ties to the auto industry are exemplified by The Henry Ford museum, an homage to technology and what one man's fortune can buy. It's a depository of such great historic items as Thomas Edison's New Jersey laboratory and the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was seated when assassinated. Detroit is the birthplace of Motown, the record studio responsible for an internationally known music style and a long list of legendary artists, including The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations. The city is also a national sports powerhouse, thanks to the Detroit Lions, Tigers and Pistons.