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Ford Factory Los Angeles

 
 
Ford Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
1. Ford Factory Marker
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Built in 1914 to manufacture Model T's, the poured-concrete and block building was the second Ford Motor Company plant established west of the Mississippi. The 90,000 square foot factory produced up to 300 cars daily, and employed 1,100 workers. Following the end of Model T production in 1927, the plant began to manufacture the Model A, producing nearly 80,000 Model A's before the factory closed in 1929. One of the most iconic landmarks in downtown Los Angeles, Ford Factory is listed as a historical structure on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Assembly Line
On December 1st, 1913, Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass manufacture of automobiles at its factory in Highland Park, Michigan. Each worker on the line was trained to complete one of 84 distinct steps to assemble the complete Model T. With the implementation of the assembly line, the rate of Model T production increased dramatically, while the cost dropped significantly. Cars now came off the line in just 1½ man-hours instead of the previous 12½, allowing the Ford Motor Company to lower the price
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Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
2. Ford Factory Marker
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and continue to make a profit.

The Model T
First released in 1908, the Model T revolutionized the automobile industry and transformed the way Americans lived by making cars affordable and accessible to the middle class. In 1908, thanks to a simple, efficient design, the price of the Model T touring car was around $850. By 1914, after the moving assembly line was introduced, the price for a Model T fell to $500. On May 26th, 1927, after 19 years and 15 million cars, production of the Model T came to an end.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
 
Location. 34° 2.071′ N, 118° 13.851′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street and Santa Fe Avenue, on the left when traveling west on 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 777 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles CA 90021, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Biscuit Company Building (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sixth Street Viaduct (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hollenbeck Park Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hollenbeck Park
Ford Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
3. Ford Factory Marker
(approx. one mile away); Fire Station 30 (approx. one mile away); Boyle Hotel (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mariachi Plaza (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
More about this marker. Three display windows are located on the parking structure on 7th Street, next door to the historic building.
 
Regarding Ford Factory Los Angeles. This was the first company to assemble autos in the area, when Los Angeles was consuming more cars per capita than any other region. The factory closed in 1929 when Ford moved to a new facility in Long Beach. Today the building houses the Warner Music Group. An original prototype Ford Model T is still on display inside the building. The building is not open to the public.
 
Additional keywords. Imperial Toy Corporation
 
Display Window image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
4. Display Window
One of three display windows showcasing the historic factory.
Ford Factory Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
5. Ford Factory Building
The display windows are on the parking structure at far right.
Advertisement c.1908 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
6. Advertisement c.1908
This advertisement highlights the use of vanadium steel throughout the vehicle, which made the Model T not only affordable, but also sturdier and more reliable than its competitors.
Elevator Sheave & Gears, c.1914 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
7. Elevator Sheave & Gears, c.1914
Used in the plant's freight elevator, these components originally helped move cars up and down the building. Amazingly, the elevator was kept operable from 1914 to 2016.
Flyball Governor c.1908 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
8. Flyball Governor c.1908
This artifact was used in the elevator shaft. If the elevator gained too much downward speed, this mechanism would trigger the emergency brake.
Building Artifacts image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
9. Building Artifacts
Elevator Sheave and Flyball Governor, displayed outside the building entrance on Santa Fe Ave.
Indoor Display - Model T image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
10. Indoor Display - Model T
The building is not open to the public.
Tribute Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, January 14, 2022
11. Tribute Marker
Dedicated in memory of Fred Kort who lived the American Dream. He founded Imperial Toy Corporation in 1969. This historic building served as the original headquarters for Imperial Toy Corporation. Fred was a Holocaust survivor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. His legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 474 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on January 15, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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