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David Buick

Forgotten Inventor, Enduring Name

 
 
David Buick Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 26, 2021
1. David Buick Marker
Inscription.  He was unknown to most people when he died in Detroit. Born in Scotland in 1854, in early adulthood he achieved success in Detroit with patents for plumbing fixtures. But he was drawn to gasoline engines, and by 1902 he had invented the valve-in-head automobile engine and formed the Buick Motor Company. Money problems tormented his efforts, as his company was bought by Flint Wagon Works and moved to Flint and he was squeezed into retirement in 1910. After a series of business failures elsewhere, he quietly worked as an instructor at a Detroit trade school until. his death at age 74 in 1929.

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In his early career, David Buick was credited with over 13 patents for bathtubs, lawn sprinklers, and flushing devices.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
 
Location. 43° 0.984′ N, 83° 41.452′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County
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. Marker is on Saginaw Street near East Kearsley Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 E Kearsley St, Flint MI 48502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. David Dunbar Buick (here, next to this marker); William "Billy" Durant (here, next to this marker); Charles Stewart Mott (here, next to this marker); William C. Durant (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Charles Stewart Mott (here, next to this marker); Automotive Pioneers (a few steps from this marker); Louis Chevrolet (a few steps from this marker); Albert Champion (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
 
David Buick Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 26, 2021
2. David Buick Marker
This marker is located behind his statue
David Buick image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 26, 2021
3. David Buick
Inset photo (Top right) caption: David Buick in 1904, just after he moved with his engine company to Flint. Photo courtesy of Kevin Kirbitz.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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