Pontiac Business Signs
Pontiac is a city located in the southeastern corner of the present-day U.S. state of Michigan. Prior to incursion by those of European descent and citizens of the United States, this area was inhabited by the Ottawa peoples. In fact, Pontiac itself is named after Chief Pontiac, leader of the Ottawa peoples in this general vicinity. The settlement of Pontiac, Michigan was first established in 1818. It is thought to be the second eldest European-American organized settlement of a town within the interior of the state of Michigan, after Dearborn, Michigan. The first European-American landowners in the region called themselves “The Pontiac Company.” The Pontiac Company was chaired by Solomon Sibley from Detroit. Pontiac, Michigan was officially incorporated into a city in 1861.
According to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Pontiac, Michigan has a total population of 59,698 people. Pontiac, Michigan is also considered part of Metropolitan Detroit. According to that same 2016 estimate, Metropolitan Detroit has a total population of 4,296,250 people. This makes Metropolitan Detroit the 13th most populous metropolitan area in the entire United States of America.
As you could probably already guess, Pontiac, Michigan’s main claim to fame was its economic reputation in the automobile manufacturing industry. During the 20th century, Pontiac, Michigan served as the home for General Motor’s automobile manufacturing plants including Fisher Body, Pontiac East Assembly (a.k.a. Truck & Coach/Bus), and the Pontiac Motor Division. During the early part of the last century, the existence of these local automobile manufacturing plants made Pontiac, Michigan into an economic powerhouse. Most of General Motors’ Pontiac cars were, of course, produced here. They were named after the city of their origin. Sadly, in 2010, General Motors discontinued the Pontiac name.
Beyond the manufacture of automobiles, Pontiac, Michigan was also once famous as the location of the annual Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival. This widely attended festival, which would take place during the summer, “featured an art show, musical concert venues, and a sampling of food from numerous regional restaurants.” Sadly, again, in 2010, this festival was moved to Royal Oak, an area nearby Pontiac, Michigan.
Pontiac, Michigan is also the home of Woodward Avenue, which extends into a major boulevard of Detroit. This road, once lined with mansions and prestigious businesses, was also popular with youths who would race each other along its length. The annual Woodward Dream Cruise celebrates this avenue’s rich history.
Pontiac, Michigan was home to the Pontiac Silverdome, which housed the NFL’s Detroit Lions from 1975 to 2001. Super Bowl XVI was played in the Silverdome in 1982. But in 2017, the Silverdome was finally demolished. There may not be many sports played in the Pontiac, Michigan area anymore, but the city is home to several haunted houses of note. From 2005-2009, Erebus held the world record for “Largest Haunted House” – it is 4 stories high. The Realm of Darkness has often been listed as America’s Best Haunted House.
Any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Pontiac, Michigan area? Ever thought about taking up such a mantle? If so, why not check out the local small business resources we have helpfully provided below?:
Apply for a Business License in Pontiac, Michigan:
Business and Development in the City of Pontiac, Michigan:
Pontiac Regional Chamber of Commerce:
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