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Northville in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Northville Valve Plant

Henry Ford's Experiment

 
 
Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 4, 2019
1. Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker
Inscription.  
In Northville, Henry Ford tried something new.
His first "village industry" was established here in 1920, to make valves for Model-Ts and tractors, using the Rouge River for power. He hired local workers, and even selected local children for special schooling. He bought the old Dubuar Manufacturing building and operated there for 16 years before replacing it with the existing building. Henry Ford built many other "village industries" along rivers throughout the region, but this was the last to survive, operating until 1989.

"Some people think he was only interested in making money. But I think he wanted to take care of the whole world."
Northville resident Marian Zayti,
chosen in childhood by Henry Ford for special schooling

You Auto Know
The Northville Valve Plant produced 200,000 valves a day for tractors and automobiles.
 
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
 
Location.
Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker - upper left image image. Click for full size.
Photo from the collections of The Henry Ford.
2. Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker - upper left image
The Dubuar saw mill site along the Rouge River at Main Streeet and Griswold Street in Northville. The Dubuar mill was the most important sawmill in Northville for many years.
42° 25.892′ N, 83° 28.64′ W. Marker is in Northville, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and Cady Street, on the left when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 235 East Main Street, Northville MI 48167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Taking Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Tracks in Town (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roadside Refreshment (about 500 feet away); Mill Race Historical Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Northville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Detroit Edison Company Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Phoenix Mill (approx. 2.8 miles away); Joshua Simmons Farm (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northville.
 
Also see . . .  Ford Valve Plant. Wikipedia article (Submitted on August 12, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles
 
Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker - upper right image image. Click for full size.
Photo from the collections of The Henry Ford.
3. Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker - upper right image
As an expansion at the site, Dubuar Manufacturing Company produced wheelbarrows, wood moldings, and other wood products. Dubuar replaced the original wooden structures with brick buildings in 1896.
Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker - lower left image image. Click for full size.
Photo from the collections of The Henry Ford.
4. Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker - lower left image
Ford built a new Northville Valve Plant building at the site in 1936. The waterwheel was just for show and never produced power for the new building.
Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker - lower right image image. Click for full size.
Photo from the collections of The Henry Ford., August 4, 2019
5. Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker - lower right image
Workers in the Northville Valve Plant in July 1935. The plant employed about 40 people at a time, producing intake and exhaust valves for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars and Fordson Tractors.
Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 4, 2019
6. Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker
Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 4, 2019
7. Northville Valve Plant: Henry Ford's Experiment Marker
View of the waterwheel on the east side of the building.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 12, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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