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Rare Historical Artifacts Are Everywhere At The Bottom Of The Detroit River

It doesn’t have the cache of cities like New York or Chicago, but we can learn a great deal about life in the U.S. from the history of Detroit. From its industry and labor to its cultural achievements like Motown music, the city is rife with important historical threads.

There’s simply no shortage of ties to the past in the Motor City, and this overabundance is so thorough, in fact, that even the Detroit River is filled with history — quite literally!

Each and every year the Detroit Police Department finds historical artifacts at the bottom of the river that are simply mind-boggling. From antique cars to cannons that predate the country, they never know what they’ll turn up next!

The city of Detroit, Michigan lies on the Detroit River, which runs 28 miles from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie. Unbeknownst to most people though, the river is actually full of history!

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Divers working for the Detroit Police Department routinely turn up incredible artifacts, like this war memorial statue that was recovered in 2009!
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Detroit Police Department

The riverbed is also home to many weapons, like this MAC 10 machine pistol that’s been illegal for private U.S. citizens to own since 1994.

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Visibility in the river is very poor so divers often have to navigate by feel along the bottom to retrieve items. It’s all worth it when they turn up something like this historical derringer pistol, the last models of which were made in the 1930s!

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It’s currently illegal for citizens to dive in or retrieve anything from the Detroit River within the city limits because police suspect the riverbed is home to a staggering amount of crime scene evidence.

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In addition to weapons, there are a number of vehicles in the river, some of which are tied to crimes and accidents, and some of which police don’t have a very good explanation for!

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Detroit Police Department

Sonar images have helped police identify a number of the cars in the river, and in the past they’ve located and pulled up everything from an original Ford Model T to a 1980s DeLorean!

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Detroit Police Department

They’ve also located a number of cannons in the river, some of which date back as far as the 1700s. This one was over six feet long and weighed 1,300 pounds!

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Detroit Police Department

Police believe there are at least six more cannons at the bottom, but why they ended up there is something of a mystery. Some believe that once a cannon was spent or broken, the early Detroit citizens simply tossed them away!

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Detroit Police Department

Each year brings more and more remarkable finds from the river, most of which end up at the Detroit Historical Museum, and if what they’ve found so far is any indication, there remains a ton of history yet to be discovered!

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Who would have guessed there would be so many historical relics at the bottom of the river? It certainly works out well for Detroit’s museums!

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