Before Detroit became the Motor City in the twentieth century, hundreds of small factories, producing a wide array of goods, earned the city a reputation for industrial diversity. Surprisingly, tobacco was one of the most important local industries at the turn of the twentieth century. In fact, a few years earlier, the combined dollar value of all tobacco-related Detroit industries placed it first among local manufactures. Today, few traces remain of this once-thriving industry. Tobacco workers have retired and died, companies have folded and factories have been torn down. Most people would never know that Detroit was once "the greatest five-cent cigar town in the country."