Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ransom Eli Olds
Erected 1997 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S658.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
Location. 42° 20.235′ N, 82° 59.592′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gen. O. M. Poe Post No. 433 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grand Army of the Republic (about 400 feet away); Detroit Spanish American War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Japanese Cherry Trees (approx. 0.4 miles away); Major General Alpheus Starkey Williams (approx. 0.4 miles away); Police Radio Dispatch (approx. 0.4 miles away); Perry's Victory (approx. 0.4 miles away); War of 1812 Cannons (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
1. Ransom Eli Olds
American inventor and automotive pioneer, best known as the founder of the car company that became Oldsmobile Motor Division of General Motors Corporation (GM). He was born Ransom Eli Olds on June 3, 1864, in Geneva, Ohio, the younger of two sons of Pliny Fisk Olds and Sarah Whipple Olds. In 1895, Ransom became his father’s partner at his auto shop in Lansing, MI. there they developed an internal combustion engine that he incorporated into the car. In 1897, he opened the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, replacing his father’s shop, and the Olds Gasoline Engine Works. In 1899, olds moved to Detroit, MI, formed the Olds
— Submitted October 24, 2012, by Tashiana Windmon of Benton Harbor, Bh.
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