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5,000 Ways You Know You're From Detroit takes readers on historical tour of the Motor City

5,000 Ways You Know You're From Detroit is a new coffee table book from Walkerville Publishing that focuses on the baby boomer years in the Motor City and shows the highs and lows it has weathered in decades past.

Coffee table book includes more than 1,400 pictures, many of which have never been published

5,000 Ways You Know You're From Detroit is a new coffee table book from Walkerville Publishing's Elaine Weeks and Chris Edwards. (Michael Hargreaves/CBC)

Oopsy the clown, Hudson's, The Old Red Barn, if you are familiar with any of these, chances are you grew up in Detroit or Windsor. 

Now there's a book to chronicle all of those memories and landmarks you may identify with — 5,000 of them to be exact.

The six-pound book covers the baby boomer years in the Motor City. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

5,000 Ways You Know You're From Detroit is a new coffee table book from Walkerville Publishing's Elaine Weeks and Chris Edwards.

"It's a big book, we sell it by the pound," joked Edwards. "It's six pounds of Detroit history."

The monster volume comes after the pair published 500 Ways to Know You're From Windsor, a similar-type study of the city.

Edwards explained the decision to include so many facts was simple.

"We figured Detroit is ten times bigger than Windsor," he said, adding there are probably more than 5,000 facts in the 469-page book.

"Stopping was the hard part," said Weeks. "There's just so much."

It includes more than 1,400 pictures, many of which have never been published. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

The book focuses on the baby boomer years in the Motor City and shows the highs and lows Detroit has weathered in decades past. It includes more than 1,400 photos, many of which have never been published before.

"I feel this is a bit of a masterpiece for us because of the depth of the stories and the thought that was put into it," said Weeks, adding despite growing up in Windsor-Essex she still found herself discovering new things about the region's American neighbour.

"We're only a mile away but it's like two different worlds in some ways," she said. "But yet we share so much."

The new volume touches on sports, the auto industry and music in Detroit. (Dan Taekema/CBC)