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Pontiac, Michigan


Pontiac, Michigan

Pontiac, Michigan

Named for the great Ottawa Indian chief who summered nearby, Pontiac was established in 1818 where the old Pontiac Trail crossed the Clinton River. The city developed and became the center of a major wagon and carriagemaking industry in the 1880s. What began as the Pontiac Spring Wagon Works is now known as General Motors.

Pontiac, located in Oakland County, is 25 miles north of Detroit and once was part of the Detroit metropolitan area but having a distinct character of its own. More than 400 nearby lakes span the western side of the city and a number of municipal parks offer outdoor recreation.

The Pontiac Silverdome used to be home to the Detroit Lions football team.   The Pontiac Silverdome has the unique distinction of serving as the host site for the Super Bowl XVI in 1982... the first NFL classic played outside the Sunbelt. In 1979 the National Basketball Association All-Star Game was held at the Silverdome and drew a crowd of 31, 475 and in 1988 a record crowd of 61, 983 watched the Detroit Pistons host the Boston Celtics.   The Silverdome is proud to be the first indoor stadium to host an international soccer game on natural grass when Germany defeated England at the June 19, 1993 U.S. Cup by a score of 2 to 1. The Silverdome is the first indoor stadium in history to host four first round soccer games in World Cup '94.

Pontiac, Michigan     Pontiac, Michigan

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