Detroit History: Detroit’s First Car Ride

We were still “The Paris of the West” and “The Stove Capital”  when a handful of Detroiters along Woodward Avenue on a chilly and damp Thursday night got the first look at the city’s 20th Century destiny.

They also saw the future “Richest Man in America” on a bicycle alongside  the roaring horseless carriage that his pal was road-testing for the
first time.

Get the whole story in this edition of Joe Donovan’s Detroit History report:

  • The Story of Woodward Avenue - Right Foot Down

    […] a street of firsts. The first automobile to come out of the Motor City was driven on Woodward on March 3, 1896. This occurred only three months prior to Henry Ford’s historic first drive. In 1909, the […]

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