Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Ford Airport / Ford Tri-Motor
William B. Stout
— 1800 - 1956 —
For the first time in the world:
A hotel, the Dearborn Inn, was designed and built for the air traveler.
A guided flight of a commercial airliner was made by radio.
For the first time in the U.S.A.:
An all-metal, multi-engine, commercial airliner was built.
A regularly scheduled passenger airline in continuous domestic service was inaugurated.
Under the Kelly Act the first contract air mail for domestic routes was flown.
An airline terminal for passenger use was constructed.
The airport's closing in 1933 ended Ford's experimental work in aviation.
Picture of Ford Tri-Motor is featured
William B. Stout
Born in Illinois, Stout came to Michigan as an automotive designer in 1914.
Erected 1958 by State of Michigan. (Marker Number 126.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Communications • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
Location. 42° 17.833′ N, 83° 13.635′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Oakwood Boulevard, half a mile west of Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn MI 48126, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dearborn Inn / Colonial Homes and Adjacent Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Daggett Farmhouse (approx. half a mile away); Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (approx. half a mile away); Edison Homestead (approx. half a mile away); Noah Webster Home (approx. half a mile away); Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Office and Library (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wright Cycle Shop (approx. 0.6 miles away); Armington & Sims Machine Shop (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
Also see . . .
1. William B. Stout and his Wonderful “SKYCAR” (Nov, 1943). Modern Mechanix entry (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Wheel Estate: The Rise and Decline of Mobile Homes. This book, by Allan D. Wallis and published by JHU Press in 1997, discusses Stout's contribution to the mobile home industry. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. The Stout Scarab. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2009, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 3,602 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2021, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 3, 4. submitted on August 11, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 5, 6. submitted on January 2, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 7. submitted on January 6, 2009, by Darrell Harden of Schoolcraft, Michigan. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.