Detroit has always been a dynamic and creative place. The city has played an essential role in defining American culture and industry. The home of the famous Motown label, Detroit also bears the honor of being the birthplace of the American automotive industry.
Chrysler and Dodge both got their start in Detroit (as did Packard and Ford). In fact, Chrysler and Dodge are still in the area, both headquartered in Auburn Hills, just north of Detroit. Chrysler began in 1925, founded by Walter Chrysler. The first Chrysler automobile was a six-cylinder, remarkable for its fine engineering and affordability. The Dodge Brothers were based in Detroit and got their start providing parts for other automakers.
The automotive industry is still Detroit's defining characteristic. If you don't think so, try visiting in early January. That's when the North American International Auto Show is held. The first show went down way back in 1899, and to this day it's still one of the biggest auto shows in the entire country. The show provides a venue for all major automakers as they break out their latest and greatest concept vehicles. Going to the show is like visiting the future of the automotive industry, ten or twenty years from now.
Detroit remains enormously proud of its heritage. There are seemingly endless museums celebrating the automotive industry. The Walter P. Chrysler Museum has a stunning collection of classic Chrysler automobiles. The Automotive Hall of Fame is just that, a testament to the greatest, the most unique and the most historically significant vehicles ever designed.