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Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fair Lane

 
 
Fair Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
June 4, 2010
1. Fair Lane Marker
Inscription. Here Henry and Clara Bryant Ford lived from 1915 until their deaths in 1947 and 1950. The eminent American auto magnate and inventor named Fair Lane after the road on which his father, William Ford, was born in County Cork, Ireland. The fifty-six room mansion made of marblehead limestone and concrete was completed in 1915. Inventor Thomas A. Edison, a frequent guest here, laid the cornerstone in 1914 for the powerhouse which supplied power for the entire estate. Ford's popularization of the automobile propelled America into an era of accelerated urbanization and industrialization. Yet the home of this man of controversy and varied interests reflects a love of nature and the countryside. Donated by the Ford Motor Company in 1957 to The University of Michigan for a Dearborn campus. Fair Lane's secluded acres shelter a national bird sanctuary and nature trails. Michigan History Division, Department of State Registered Historical Building No. 17
 
Erected 1978 by Dearborn Historical Society and The University of Michigan-Dearborn. (Marker Number 17.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 42° 18.85′ N, 83° 13.92′ 
Fair Lane Marker & Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., June 8, 2010
2. Fair Lane Marker & Mansion
W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Fair Lane Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. On the campus of The University of Michigan-Dearborn. Marker is in this post office area: Dearborn MI 48128, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); From Farmland to Great Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); Out in the Orchard (within shouting distance of this marker); From State Fair to Fair Lane/Peony Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Preserving Fair Lane — An Iconic American Estate (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); On the River (about 300 feet away); A Trail Garden (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
 
Also see . . .  The Fair Lane Story - the Henry Ford Estate. (Submitted on June 14, 2010.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Fair Lane - Rouge River side image. Click for full size.
June 4, 2010
3. Fair Lane - Rouge River side
Fair Lane-Rear view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 6, 1994
4. Fair Lane-Rear view
Potting shed/greenhouse is on the right; powerhouse/garage is on the left.
Fair Lane's Early Rose Garden image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 6, 1994
5. Fair Lane's Early Rose Garden
This garden is between the Fair Lane residence and the powerhouse/garage. At the far side of the image is the tea house.
Rouge River and cascade dam-maker of electricity image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 6, 1994
6. Rouge River and cascade dam-maker of electricity
Fair Lane marker base plaque image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., June 1, 2016
7. Fair Lane marker base plaque
Fair Lane - National Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, September 1, 2015
8. Fair Lane - National Historic Landmark Plaque
Edsel Bryant Ford grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2003
9. Edsel Bryant Ford grave marker
Edsel Bryant Ford is the son of Henry Ford. Edsel is buried in the Ford Family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit MI
Benson Ford grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2003
10. Benson Ford grave marker
Benson Ford is the grandson of Henry Ford. He is buried in the Ford Family Plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit MI.
William Clay Ford image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 18, 2003
11. William Clay Ford
William Clay Ford died in 2014. He is the grandson of Henry Ford and he is buried in the Ford Family Plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit MI.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2010. This page has been viewed 993 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 9, 2010.   2. submitted on September 21, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   3. submitted on June 9, 2010.   4, 5, 6. submitted on January 8, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   7. submitted on July 29, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   8. submitted on October 18, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   9, 10, 11. submitted on September 11, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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