Roseville in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Packard Field in Roseville
From Airport to Shopping Center
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. 42° 30.965′ 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. Marker is in front of Roseville City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29777 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville MI 48066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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.)
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 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 23, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.