Romeo in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Romeo Grows with its Carriage Industry
Romeo was a world of wheels, long before the automobile.
In the mid-1800s, a carriage industry developed here which was responsible for much of the prosperity of the Village of Romeo. This is still seen in the beautiful old homes built originally by carriage business owners. Local craftsmen built carriage frames, axles and bodies of wood. The village foundry shaped molten metal into carriage parts, such as carriage steps and axle spindles. As the automobile replaced carriage transportation in the early 1900s, the Romeo Foundry continued to thrive as suppliers of engine blocks for the popular Ford Model T.
You Auto Know
Romeo carriage businesses invented many new carriage features for better suspension, better axle placement, and better attachment to the horse.
Erected 2010 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
Location. 42° 48.148′ N, 83° 0.868′ W. Marker is in Romeo, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker is on West St. Clair Street west of Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the west wall of
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Electric Streetcars (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Village Park (about 300 feet away); From the Foundry Fires (about 300 feet away); Helen Starkweather (about 300 feet away); Village of Romeo (about 600 feet away); Many Tools and Many Tasks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Simpson Park Campground (approx. 1.4 miles away); Religious Society Church (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Romeo.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.