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Flint in Genesee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Automotive Pioneers

Honoring Flint's Industrial Heritage

 
 
Automotive Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 26, 2021
1. Automotive Pioneers Marker
Inscription.  They were there at the beginning, applying their skills and ideas to Flint's early automotive industry in times of breathtaking change and risk. Because of people like William "Billy” Durant, David Buick, and Louis Chevrolet, Flint became a world leader in the design and manufacturing of automobiles.

Flint celebrates its unique automotive history in the annual "Back to the Bricks” vintage car show and rolling cruise along downtown's brick pavement. The "Back to the Bricks” organizing body spearheaded the Automotive Pioneer project, commissioning local artist Joe Rundell to create statues of Flint's memorable figures. The figures of William “Billy” Durant, David Buick and Louis Chevrolet are honored here in downtown Flint. Other Auto Pioneer statues can be found at Bishop International Airport and other locations around Genesee County.

These contributors helped make the GM Automotive Pioneer Statue Plaza possible: Central Concrete Products, Inc., Country Oaks Landscape Supply, Inc., DeBuck's Sod Farm, Inc., Eastern Asphalt, Evans Equipment Co, Inc., Fabris Pearce Tile & Terrazzo, Flint Downtown Development
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Authority, Gazall, Lewis & Associates, Architects, Inc., Genesee Cut Stone, The Greener Side Lawn & Landscaping, H20 Landscaping LLC, L.A. Construction Corporation, Matrix Expedited Service, McNaughton-McKay Electric Company, Mr. Oz Stonecarving, Inc., Trim Pine Farm, Walker Electric, Inc.Wojo's Garden Splendors, Young's Environmental Cleanup, Inc.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 43° 0.986′ N, 83° 41.458′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County. Marker is at the intersection of Saginaw Street and East Kearsley Street, on the right when traveling north on Saginaw Street. 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. William C. Durant (here, next to this marker); Louis Chevrolet (here, next to this marker); David Dunbar Buick (here, next to this marker); William "Billy" Durant (here, next to this marker); David Buick (a few steps from this marker); Charles Stewart Mott (a few steps from
Automotive Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 26, 2021
2. Automotive Pioneers Marker
Marker on the left of the William C. Durant statue.
this marker); a different marker also named Charles Stewart Mott (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.
 
 
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 184 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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