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

Durant And Dort

Flint's Blue Ribbon Team

 
 
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Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 18, 2021
1. Durant And Dort Marker
Inscription.  They were a remarkable partnership.
William Crapo Durant and Josiah Dallas Dort transformed the small Flint Road Cart Company into the giant Durant-Dort Carriage Company. The company's vast production helped make Flint one of the world's largest carriage manufacturers. Its main factory and office building are nearby along Water Street.

Durant and Dort had plans. To control the cost of their carriages and wagons, they had to control their suppliers. So they acquired factories to produce parts and paints, and bought forestland to provide quality wood. To produce vehicles for a variety of customers, they created a variety of companies – from the high-end Diamond Buggy to the more affordable Webster Carriage. Durant used these strategies again in 1908 when he founded General Motors Corporation.

You Auto Know
Durant-Dort Carriage Company provided much of the early financial backing for Buick, General Motors, and Chevrolet.
 
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 1908.
 
Location. 43° 1.032′ N, 83° 41.741′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County. Marker is on Lyon Street near West Water Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 313 W Water St, Flint MI 48503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nash And Chrysler (a few steps from this marker); Flint Road Cart Factory / Durant-Dort Carriage Factory No. 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); William C. Durant / Durant-Dort Carriage Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles W. Nash (within shouting distance of this marker); Bold Moves (within shouting distance of this marker); "Billy" Durant (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); W. C. Billy Durant (about 300 feet away); Carriage Town (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
 
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Durant And Dort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 18, 2021
2. Durant And Dort Marker
Left side photo: Durant-Dort Carriage Company sold its popular "Blue Ribbon Vehicles" at expositions. Photo courtesy of the Kettering University Archives, Flint.

Inset photo: 1904 Durant-Dort catalog. Photo courtesy of the Sloan Museum, Flint.
Durant And Dort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 18, 2021
3. Durant And Dort Marker
Lower Photo (left): Durant-Dort Carriage Company executives, 1896. Front row (l to r): A.B.C. Hardy, William C. Orrell. Middle row (L to r) Billy Durant, J. Dallas Dort, Fred Aldrich. Back row (l to r): James Slocum, Charles Wesson, Charles Webster. Many Durant-Dart executives would enter the automotive industry in later years. Photo courtesy of the Sloan Museum, Flint.

Lower photo (right): The Durant-Dort Carriage Company factory, alon the river on Water Street. Photo courtesy of Kettering University Archives, Flint.
Durant And Dort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 18, 2021
4. Durant And Dort Marker
Top photo: William Crapo Durant (left) and Josiah Dallas Dort (right). Photo courtesy of the Kettering Archives, Flint.
Durant And Dort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, August 18, 2021
5. Durant And Dort Marker
Marker in front of Factory One, site of their original factory.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on September 22, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 20, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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