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Roseville in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Packard Field in Roseville

From Airport to Shopping Center

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 21, 2018
1. Packard Field in Roseville Marker
Inscription.
Ground was broken here in many ways.
At this site along Gratiot Avenue, Michigan's first commercial airport was established in 1919, and in 1954 Michigan's first shopping center opened here. Packard Motor Car Company, a leading American automobile manufacturer before World War I, developed military aircraft engines as America joined that war in 1917 and opened Packard Field to continue aircraft development after the war. Later known as Roseville Airport or Hartung-Gratiot Airport, the field brought air shows, aviation training programs and celebrity pilots to Roseville. The airport closed in 1951, making way for automobile parking lots at the Eastgate Shopping Center.

"The miracles of success made in the auto business...are now about to be repeated in the new, great Business of Aviation."
Advertisement for Michigan State Aviation School, based at the airport.

You Auto Know
Eastgate Shopping Center was a new idea, opening one week before Northland Shopping Center in 1954.
 
Erected 2014 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location. 42° 30.965′ 
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By Joel Seewald, July 21, 2018
2. Upper Left Image
Activity at the airport's flight training school in the early 1930s. Photo courtesy of the Reuther Archives, Wayne State University.
N, 82° 55.615′ W. Marker is in Roseville, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker is at the intersection of VFW Memorial Drive and PFC Wetzel Drive, on the right when traveling east on VFW Memorial Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Roseville City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29777 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville MI 48066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rapid Railway Company (here, next to this marker); Watching the Big Show (here, next to this marker); A Plank Road History (here, next to this marker); Frenchy's Auto Parts (a few steps from this marker); Erin United Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Sacred Heart Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Baumgartner House 1875 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Baumgartner House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roseville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Packard. (Submitted on July 23, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. The Story Of Michigan’s Almost Forgotten First Commercial Airport, Packard Field. (Submitted on July 23, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Packard Field/Eastgate Shopping Center and Northland Shopping Center
Packard Field was, and Eastgate Shopping Center is, located about 2 miles south of the
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By Joel Seewald, July 21, 2018
3. Lower Left Images
Left: Gladys and Howard Hartung in the late 1920s. They were experiencecd aviators who operated the airport for many years. Photo courtesy of the Hartung Family. Right: The Hartung Aircraft Company was based at the airport until the airport closed in 1951.
marker at the northeast corner of Gratiot Avenue (State Highway 3) and Frazho Road. Northland Shopping Center was located in Southfield, Michigan — about 18 miles west. It closed in 2015.
    — Submitted July 23, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

 
Categories. Air & SpaceIndustry & Commerce
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 21, 2018
4. Lower Middle Image
An ink stamp on an airmail envelope honoring Roseville's airport in 1938. Image courtesy of the Hartung family.
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By Joel Seewald, July 21, 2018
5. Upper Right Image
Aircraft at Packard Field in 1919. After the end of World War I, these aircraft were loaned by the United States military to Packard Motor Car Company for aviation engineering experiments. Photo courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library.
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By Joel Seewald, July 21, 2018
6. Middle Right Image
The airport along Gratiot Avenue at Frazho Street, 1940s. Photo courtesy of the Hudolin family.
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By Joel Seewald, July 21, 2018
7. Lower Right Image
Eastgate Shopping Center opened in September 1954, addressing the need for generous automobile parking for modern shopping. 100,000 people showed up for the opening. Postcard photo courtesy of Roseville Public Library.
Packard Field in Roseville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, July 21, 2018
8. Packard Field in Roseville Marker
This marker is the middle of the five markers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 23, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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