Geneva in Ashtabula County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ransom E. Olds-Birthplace
Ransom E. Olds was born on this property on June 3, 1864. Olds co-founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, forerunner of the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors in Lansing, Michigan, on August 21, 1897. The curved dash model, built from 1900 to 1907, was the first car to carry the name Oldsmobile. With a 66-inch wheelbase, it weighed about 650 pounds, cost $650, and was powered by a one-cylinder, seven-horsepower engine capable of a speed of 20 miles per hour. It was the first commercially successful American-made automobile built using a progressive assemble system that led to modern mass-production methods.
Pliny and Sarah Olds purchased this property with a home on it for $750 on June 13, 1863, a year before the birth of their fifth and last child, Ransom. After building a blacksmith shop behind the home, Pliny opened a machine shop with an experienced steam man, O.W. Price. Their shop, located 175 feet to the east on the southwest corner of Eagle and Main streets, manufactured small steam engines. In June of 1869 the machine shop was sold for $500, and the homestead was sold for $2,000. With this capital and experience, Pline was able later to open a successful steam and gas engine business in Lansing, Michigan. Ransom joined his father and eventually, in 1897, his first horseless
Erected 1997 by Geneva Community Center and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 48.245′ N, 80° 57.085′ W. Marker is in Geneva, Ohio, in Ashtabula County. Marker is on U.S. 20 0.1 miles west of North Eagle Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the former NAPA Auto Parts. Marker is in this post office area: Geneva OH 44041, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Unionville Tavern (approx. 3.1 miles away); Harpersfield Covered Bridge (approx. 3.4 miles away); Betsey Mix Cowles (approx. 6.1 miles away); Rabbit Run Theater (approx. 7.1 miles away); Thompson Ledges / Thompson Ledges Park (approx. 9.3 miles away); Charles Martin Hall (approx. 9˝ miles away); Ashtabula Train Disaster (approx. 9.6 miles away); Hotel Ashtabula (approx. 9.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Ransom E. Olds. Automotive Hall of Fame (Submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ransom Eli Olds at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.