“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Henry Ford Birthplace

Henry Ford Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel S., July 2, 2010
1. Henry Ford Birthplace Marker
Inscription.  At this intersection stood the home in which Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863. The farm house was owned by Ford's parents, William and Mary Ford, and in 1944 it was moved to Greenfield Village. In a space of less than ten years at the beginning of this century, the founder of Ford Motor Company developed three separate and distinct concepts, any of which would have assured him an honored niche in history. He designed and built the Model T Ford car, "the car that put the world on wheels." He inaugurated the moving automotive assembly line and developed the process of mass production on which modern industry is based. By instituting a five-dollar wage for an eight-hour day, he promulgated a new economic concept that opened the door to mass distribution. Henry Ford was also a pioneer in the field of aviation and in the development of the farm tractor.
Erected 1963 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 236.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
Henry Ford Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel S., July 2, 2010
2. Henry Ford Birthplace Marker
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Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1792.
Location. 42° 19.714′ N, 83° 11.669′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ford Road (State Highway 153) and Greenfield Road. This marker is in a small park in front of the Henry Ford Retirement Community. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15101 Ford Road, Dearborn MI 48126, 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. Fordson High School (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Neighborhood (approx. one mile away); Dearborn City Hall Complex / Orville L. Hubbard (approx. one mile away); Dearborn City Hall (approx. one mile away); Dearborn War Memorial (approx. one mile away); The Schaefer Building (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ford and Dearborn (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dedicated to Christopher Columbus (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
Additional commentary.
1. Model T
The Ford Model T is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from September 1908 to October 1927. In 1908 it cost $850, 1913 - $550, 1915 -
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$440 and it continued getting more affordable every year. By the 1920s, the price had fallen to $260 through increasing efficiencies of assembly line technique and demand. In these years it was cheaper to buy Ford's Model T than to buy the car of another company. It was a car designed for most of the American population. The Model T had a 177-cubic-inch (2.9 L) front-mounted inline four-cylinder en bloc flathead engine producing 20 hp (15 kW) for a top speed of 40–45 mph (64–72 km/h). Ford's Company sold 69,762 in 1911; 170,211 in 1912; 202,667 in 1913; 308,162 in 1914; and 501,462 in 1915.
    — Submitted October 24, 2012, by Vasily Zadorozhnyy of Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 3,058 times since then and 127 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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