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was incorporated in 1815 and spent the decades leading up to the Civil War as the final U.S. stop for the Underground Railroad. The area also was earning a reputation for, among other things, the manufacturing of cigars and kitchen ranges.
Detroit become the Motor City instead of the stove-making capital of the world? It's in large part due to the influence of a farmer's son named Henry Ford. In 1896, Ford built his first car in Detroit - not an entirely earth-shattering event since the automobile had already been around for a while. It was the method of building cars that he would later devise - the moving assembly line - that put the world on wheels.
Also the legendary music city known as the Motor Town shaped more than just R & B music of the 1970s. Before that, Detroit was a distinguished jazz hub able to compete against elite jazz forces in St. Louis, New Orleans, and Chicago by branding itself as the city of big band flavor. The migration of jazz musicians northward to Detroit and the growth of Detroit became pivotal in the molding of America’s jazz sounds