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

Chevrolet Empire

Along the Flint River

 
 
Chevrolet Empire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
1. Chevrolet Empire Marker
Inscription.  This area gained the name "Chevy-in-the-hole" because it was located in the valley along the Flint River west of downtown. To the east, across Chevrolet Avenue, you can see the site of this development.

Billy Durant had grand ambitions for General Motors, but was forced out of the company in 1910. Undeterred, Durant partnered with Louis Chevrolet to build another automotive empire, the Chevrolet Motor Company. Durant brought the company to Flint in 1912 and created a new factory on land formerly owned by the Flint Wagon Works.

"I had found a name for my company - the Chevrolet. My next job was to find a car worthy of the name - a car for power, speed, stability, appearance and price that would outclass any other car in the country..."
Billy Durant

You Auto Know
Billy Durant's wife Catherine claimed that the Chevrolet emblem was inspired by a design her husband noticed in a newpaper while vacationing in Virginia.
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
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topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 43° 0.622′ N, 83° 42.613′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County. Marker is on North Chevrolet Avenue near Hasselbring Street, on the left. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Flint MI 48504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Body By Fisher (here, next to this marker); Flint Industry / GM Sit-Down Strike (here, next to this marker); At Their Side (here, next to this marker); Sitting For 44 Days (here, next to this marker); Charles Kettering (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Learning Leadership (approx. ¼ mile away); Michigan School for the Deaf / Superintendent's Cottage (approx. half a mile away); Birthplace of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
 
Chevrolet Empire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
2. Chevrolet Empire Marker
Marker is second from the left
Chevrolet Empire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
3. Chevrolet Empire Marker
Inset Photo (Top Left) Caption: Aerial view of "Chevrolet in the hole" looking east, ca 1938. Photo courtesy of the Kettering University Archives, Flint.
Chevrolet Empire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
4. Chevrolet Empire Marker
Inset photo (middle left) caption: The Flint River often flooded the Chevrolet complex in the springtime, as in this 1947 photo. Photo courtesy of the Kettering University Archives, Flint.
Chevrolet Empire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
5. Chevrolet Empire Marker
Inset photo (Middle bottom) caption: The first Chevrolet, 1911. The car designed by Chevrolet was not a huge success and was unaffordable for most buyers. Chevrolet left the company bearing his name in 1913. Photo courtesy of the Sloan Museum, Flint.
Chevrolet Empire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 26, 2021
6. Chevrolet Empire Marker
Inset photo (Bottom right): The first 300 Corvettes were manufactured in Flint in 1953 at the Chevrolet Plant on Van Slyke Road. Photo courtesy of the Sloan Museum, Flint.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 29, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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