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Lansing in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ransom Eli Olds / Curved Dash Oldsmobile

 
 
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By Bill Rieske, May 30, 2017
1. Ransom Eli Olds Marker
Inscription.
Ransom Eli Olds
Born in Geneva, Ohio, Ransom E. Olds came to Lansing in 1880. He worked in his father's machine and repair shop, where he experimented with small steam engines. In 1887, Olds drove for a distance of one block, Lansing's first automobile, an experimental steam vehicle. He continued to work with steam, gasoline and electric power. Eventually he produced a gasoline-powered vehicle that seated four persons and could do 18 miles per hour on level ground. On August 21, 1897, Olds, Edward W. Sparrow, Eugene F. Cooley, Arthur C. Stebbins, Samuel L. Smith, Frank G. Clark, Fred M. Seibly and Alfred Beamer; formed the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, the forerunner of the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors. As general manager, Olds was authorized to "build one carriage in as nearly perfect a manner as possible." Four vehicles were produced that first year.

Curved Dash Oldsmobile
On a site southwest of here, production of the Curved Dash Oldsmobile Runabout began on December 16, 1901. The model was first produced in Detroit in 1900, but much of the assembly was shifted to Lansing after a fire destroyed the Detroit plant. The Curved Dash built from 1900 to 1904, was the first car to carry the name Oldsmobile. With a 66-inch wheel-base it weighed about 650 pounds. It was powered by a one-cylinder, seven-horse
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By Bill Rieske, May 30, 2017
2. Curved Dash Oldsmobile Marker
power engine and cost $650. It was the first car built using a progressive assembly system The company produced 425 vehicles in 1901, 2,500 in 1902, 4,000 in 1903 and 5,508 in 1904. For a time the Runabout was the best-selling model in the United States. In 1905 it inspired Gus Edward's to write the song "In My Merry Oldsmobile."
 
Erected 1987 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S0590.)
 
Location. 42° 43.892′ N, 84° 32.875′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker is on Museum Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the RE Olds Transportation Museum, which contains a collection of historic automobiles. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Museum Drive, Lansing MI 48933, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ransom Eli Olds Breakthrough (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Olds Horseless Carriage (about 700 feet away); Michigan Pharmacists Association (about 800 feet away); Lansing's Labor Holiday (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kerns Hotel Fire / Box 23 Club (approx. 0.2 miles
Ransom Eli Olds / Curved Dash Oldsmobile Marker at R.E. Olds Transportation Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, May 30, 2017
3. Ransom Eli Olds / Curved Dash Oldsmobile Marker at R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
away); Theater District / The Strand (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jeff Daniels b. 1955 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ernie Harwell b. 1918 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
 
Regarding Ransom Eli Olds / Curved Dash Oldsmobile. RE Olds built the Oldsmobile company. He was also a developer and philanthropist.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 30, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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