The Last Hudson Dealership
100 East Cross Street
The building, originally occupied by the Ypsilanti Electric Company in 1896, became a Dodge automobile dealership in 1917. Joseph H. Thompson was one of the first Dodge dealers in Michigan. In 1933 Hudson Sales and Services opened its doors, later becoming Miller Motor Sales. In 1997 Miller Motors teamed up with the Ypsilanti Historical Society and created the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection.
Miller Motor Sales was the last Hudson Car dealership in the world. The Hudson Car Company began in 1909 by J.L. Hudson of department store fame. The last car was produced in 1957 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Hudson remains a collector's favorite. Many remain on the road and in collections around the world.Also...
In Michigan: In 1919 the first state Driver's License was required. In 1920 the first traffic light was installed.
American Events: In 1920 the 19th amendment to the US Constitution passed, awarding women the right to vote in national elections.
Donated by A.F. Smith Electric, Inc.
Erected 1998 by Depot Town Association.
Topics. This Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
Location. 42° 14.772′ N, 83° 36.596′ W. Marker is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Cross Street and North River Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is along the sidewalk between 29 and 33 East Cross Street, about 350 feet west of North River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29 East Cross Street, Ypsilanti MI 48198, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oliver House (here, next to this marker); The Real McCoy (here, next to this marker); Michigan Central Railroad Gardens (here, next to this marker); Michigan Central Railroad Depot (a few steps from this marker); The Thompson Building (a few steps from this marker); Ypsilanti Woolen Mill Company (a few steps from this marker); Early Days in Depot Town (a few steps from this marker); Michigan Central Freighthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ypsilanti.
Also see . . .
1. Hudson Motor Car Company. (Submitted on May 3, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum(Submitted on May 3, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 3, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 4. submitted on May 13, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.