“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pontiac in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

A City On Wheels

Pontiac's Automotive History

A City On Wheels Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
1. A City On Wheels Marker
Inscription.  Pontiac was ready to become a "motor city."
By the early 1900s, the city was a leading carriage manufacturing center and its low wages, skilled workforce and many production facilities attracted early automotive manufacturing companies. In 1907, as Pontiac was transitioning from production of carriages to automobiles, 77 percent of Pontiac's manufacturing workforce was producing vehicles. By 1910 General Motors (GM) had become the dominant employer here and remained such for the next hundred years with GMC Truck Division operating on the south side and Pontiac Motor Division on the north. Vehicle assembly lasted in Pontiac until 2009 but in 2013, twelve percent of Pontiac's workforce was still involved in transportation manufacturing.
You Auto Know
Pontiac is home to GM Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters and in 2013, a $2 million 138,000 square foot expansion was announced.
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles.
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42° 38.854′ N, 83° 18.321′ W. Marker is in Pontiac, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from 405 Cesar E Chavez Avenue (Business U.S. 24) near Adelaide Street. Located behind the Pine Grove Historical Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 Cesar E Chavez Ave, 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. "Pine Grove" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wisner Stadium WWII Memorial (about 500 feet away); Validation Testing (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Made in Pontiac (approx. ¾ mile away); Franklin Boulevard Historic District (approx. ¾ mile away); Building Bodies (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pontiac.
A City On Wheels Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, May 28, 2021
2. A City On Wheels Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 30, 2023