Lansing in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ransom Eli Olds / Curved Dash Oldsmobile
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
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 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.
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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 90 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 30, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.