Hey . I don't think too many people still run the original Detroit purps. I was around at the beginning and your story is pretty close . Not going to rehash the whole thing but wakko found the seed in a bag of green spirit around 96'. He said it was pollinated by a purple Afghani because the guys he got it from also had purple Afghani.
The first time he ran it it actually hermied and he had a 10 lb + harvest with probably a million plus seeds lol . But in 96' you could still get rid of seeded stuff easily. I'm sure plenty of ppl popped those and it got renamed dozens of times . Like almost any other strain.
Anyway it started to lose it's vigor around 2005 and I stopped running it as did everyone I know who had it . I made dozens of crosses with it back in the day . Lost a lot of them .Still have some seeds. Popped some last year and I have 2 really nice varieties, not sure of the father's because they were unmarked.
I'll put up some pics next week of the 2 varieties I have. I got some pics up of past seed hunts on IG .same as my screen name.
I've read a couple sources that claim northern lights was bred in the petoskey area eons ago. It's doubtful that they used local wild plants, as mentioned earlier in the thread. Does north America have a landrace strain to claim? Seems as though hemp was the big thing here. Idk though...
Good luck in your search.
It seems the Pinconning is still 'round the way, but not many people are wiling to share the love or its location. I did locate some Phifty Caliber Kush, which is 707 Headband x Pinconning Paralyzer. And Mota also had some gear Pinco Kush that was available not too long ago and if it is still floating around will be on my 'Buy On Sight' list.
In other news, while searching for the Pinconning I was told about two popular, classic Detroit strains and I was hoping someone has run across them and could shine a light on their possible genetics.
"Chocolate" - Story has it this strain had a distinct chocolate/musk scent and flavor. Well known all through Cass Corridor (currently Midtown Downtown) and Dexter/Linwood area throughout the early 90s.
"Ghans" - This one is fairly obvious. But I was wondering if a particular cut of Aghani was making the rounds in the city during the early 90s.
In full disclosure, I do understand that these could have been street names and give no guidance as to what the strain is/was. I'm just kinda high and lookin' for answers.