Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Finding Early Automotive Pioneers
Many fascinating stories are buried here,
of people who built Detroit on their fortunes in lumber, real estate, cigar-making, seed, and department stores. Established in 1867 on 250 acres of rural land, Woodmere Cemetery also became the resting place for significant names in the early automotive industry, including Henry Leland and David Buick. Amidst the spectacular monuments of their "neighbors,” the understated markers for these two men quietly honor their important roles in the early automotive industry.
You Auto Know
Landscape architect Fred Higgins planted over 140 species of trees within the original cemetery design.
Top left: Entrance to Woodmere Cemetery, about 1900. Photo courtesy of the Burton Collection, Detroit Public Library
Bottom left: Fort Street looking east from Woodmere Cemetery, about 1900. Postcard courtesy of the Burton Collection, Detroit Public Library.
Bottom middle: Henry Leland was buried here in 1932. He was an early automotive innovator, and he founded the Cadillac Motor Car Company and the Lincoln Motor
Bottom right: David Buick was born in Scotland and founded the Buick Manufacturing Company in 1902 to build engines and cars. Within two years his company was bought and moved to Flint as the first part of what become General Motors. He was largely forgotten in his later years, working at a Detroit trade school. After his death in 1929 he was buried here.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. 42° 17.756′ N, 83° 7.884′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Woodmere Road and West Fort Street, on the left when traveling north on Woodmere Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9400 W Fort St, Detroit MI 48209, 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. 19th U. S. Infantry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ford Hunger March (approx. 0.6 miles away); Shipbuilding Traditions (approx. 0.9 miles away); UAW Local 600 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ford Rouge Plant (approx. 1˝ miles away); Fort Wayne (approx. 1.8 miles away); River Rouge War Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
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