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Wixom in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ford Wixom Assembly Plant

Big Decisions in Wixom

 
 
Ford Wixom Assembly Plant: Big Decisions in Wixom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Image capture: July 2017; (c) 2020 Google
1. Ford Wixom Assembly Plant: Big Decisions in Wixom Marker
Inscription.  
A city and industrial complex were born here
at almost the same time. In the 1950s, Ford Motor Company chose the Wixom Road site for a new automobile assembly plant. It had unique advantages, including nearby railroad tracks to use for shipping parts and vehicle products. And just south of the site a new 22-mile-long segment of freeway was being built, offering easier access for trucks and people. Wixom, a crossroads in Novi Township, claimed its identity and in the same year — 1957 — Wixom became a city, the freeway opened, and the huge Ford plant began operations.

You Auto Know
Initially, the City of Wixom collected 85% of its taxes from the Ford Wixom Assembly Plant.
 
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was
Ford Wixom Assembly Plant: Big Decisions in Wixom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, November 7, 2020
2. Ford Wixom Assembly Plant: Big Decisions in Wixom Marker
Photo showing the spot where the marker used to be in front of the Wixom Police Department.
located near 42° 31.457′ N, 83° 31.955′ W. Marker was in Wixom, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker was at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and Center Boulevard, on the right when traveling east on Pontiac Trail. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 49045 Pontiac Trail, Wixom MI 48393, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Intersecting Lines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Traces of History (approx. half a mile away); Wixom-Wire House (approx. half a mile away); From Sibley's Corners to Wixom (approx. half a mile away); Wixom Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stonecrest (approx. 2˝ miles away); Walled Lake (approx. 2.6 miles away); Walled Lake Casino (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wixom.
 
More about this marker. Marker was removed between July 2018 and June 2019.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
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Feb. 26, 2021