Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Along the Rouge River
Long before cars were built along the lower Rouge River
in Dearborn, the site was home to shipbuilding. Early 1700s French settlers established a small shipyard on the Rouge River at Baby Creek. The British later used the same site to build armed vessels to patrol the Great Lakes. Henry Ford continued the tradition when he built his Eagle-class anti-submarine patrol boats here at the new Rouge Plant during World War I. Ford dedicated land for a U.S. Navy Mechanics Training Center here before World War II.
You Auto Know
The lower Rouge River is still used for water transport of raw materials to the Ford Rouge Plant.
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
Location. 42° 18.298′ N, 83° 8.573′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Vernor Highway and Riverside Drive, on the right on Vernor Highway Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9945 Vernor Highway, Dearborn MI 48120, 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. UAW Local 600 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ford Rouge Plant (approx. 0.7 miles away); 19th U. S. Infantry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Ford Rouge Plant (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Ford Rotunda (approx. 1.8 miles away); Reves-Wilhelm Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Schaefer Building (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 28, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.