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

Olds Returns to Lansing

The Curved Dash Runabout

 

—Fire didn't destroy Ransom E. Olds’ dreams —

 
Olds Returns to Lansing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, June 5, 2017
1. Olds Returns to Lansing Marker
Inscription. After fire destroyed the new Olds Motor Works plant in Detroit on March 9, 1901, the Lansing Business Men's Association offered Olds land originally acquired in hopes of permanently hosting the State Fair. He took it. His new plant produced only the curved dash runabout, the first car to be called "Oldsmobile." Ransom Olds left the company in 1904, and General Motors acquired it in 1908. The runabout gave way to new models, and Lansing produced Oldsmobiles until 2001.
 
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° 43.528′ N, 84° 33.433′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Malcolm X Street and S. Walnut Street, on the right when traveling east on W. Malcolm X Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lansing MI 48933, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woodbury-Kerns House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michigan Sheriffs' Association (approx. 0.2 miles away); Michigan Manufacturer's Association
General Motors Grand River plant, the site of Oldsmobile assembly plant. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, June 5, 2017
2. General Motors Grand River plant, the site of Oldsmobile assembly plant.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); I-496 Olds Freeway (approx. ¼ mile away); E. Genevieve Gillette 1898-1986 (approx. 0.4 miles away); State Bar of Michigan (approx. 0.4 miles away); Henry Ford 1863-1947 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Trunk Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
 
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Olds Returns to Lansing Marker at GM image. Click for full size.
By Bill Rieske, June 5, 2017
3. Olds Returns to Lansing Marker at GM
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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