Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Amazing Quarter Mile
Auto Dealers in Ypsilanti
It's hard to count all the brands of automobiles
that were sold on the south side of Michigan Avenue. Right here, between the Huron River Bridge and Park Street, 17 auto dealers sold 31 different brands of cars and trucks during the 1900s. This land had been built up in the 1800s with a large wooden mill on the riverbank and several homes, some for affluent households. But in 1912 the first auto dealership opened, and this 1/4-mile was transformed into a bustling market for automobiles until the last dealership closed in the 1990s.
You Auto Know
Theodore Schaible, the first car dealer along Michigan Avenue, was also Ypsilanti mayor from 1920 to 1922.
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 42° 14.45′ N, 83° 36.676′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Power on the River (here, next to this marker); Michigan Avenue Industry (here, next to this marker); Food and Drink (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elijah McCoy (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Michigan's Interurbans (approx. ¼ mile away); The Bomber Restaurant (approx. ¼ mile away); 220 N. Huron (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ypsilanti.
Also see . . . Water Street Auto Dealer History. Internet Archive website entry:
Information about the Water Street auto dealerships in the Spring 2012 issue (page 9) of Ypsilanti Historical Society's Ypsilanti Gleanings. (Submitted on October 14, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 14, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.