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

A Record Of Innovation

Pontiac's Patents in a World of Change

 
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
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Inscription.  Inventive and competitive people were drawn to Pontiac, or inspired here, by the city's industrial culture in the late 1800s and early 1900s. And in patent drawings they left a record of their ideas and contributions. In the galloping world of technological change that Pontiac had become, inventors carefully registered and documented ideas to protect their ownership and to clarify their uses. New ideas in Pontiac - carriage springs, transmissions, painting processes - were sparks that became lightning bolts in the city's growing transportation industry.
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Byron Carter died in 1908 at the age of 44 from the "kickback" of a car's crank starter, and in 1911 the electric starter was designed by Charles Kettering.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 42° 38.245′ N, 83° 17.611′ W. Marker is in Pontiac, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of West
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Lawrence Street and Wayne Street, on the left when traveling west on West Lawrence Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23 W Lawrence St, Pontiac MI 48342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Inspiration Road (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Molten Metal (about 400 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); Outstanding Architecture (about 500 feet away); Parades and People-Watching (about 500 feet away); Building Trucks In Pontiac (about 500 feet away); From Trail To Pavement (about 600 feet away); Pontiac's Coach Builders (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pontiac.
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 30, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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