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Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Amazing Quarter Mile

Auto Dealers in Ypsilanti

 
 
The Amazing Quarter Mile: Auto Dealers in Ypsilanti Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 13, 2016
1. The Amazing Quarter Mile: Auto Dealers in Ypsilanti Marker
Inscription.
It's hard to count all the brands of automobiles
that were sold on the south side of Michigan Avenue. Right here, between the Huron River Bridge and Park Street, 17 auto dealers sold 31 different brands of cars and trucks during the 1900s. This land had been built up in the 1800s with a large wooden mill on the riverbank and several homes, some for affluent households. But in 1912 the first auto dealership opened, and this 1/4-mile was transformed into a bustling market for automobiles until the last dealership closed in the 1990s.

You Auto Know
Theodore Schaible, the first car dealer along Michigan Avenue, was also Ypsilanti mayor from 1920 to 1922.
 
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° 14.45′ N, 83° 36.676′ W. Marker is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is on East Michigan Avenue (State Highway 17) 0.1 miles east of South Huron Street (Business U.S. 12), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is along the Water Street Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Ypsilanti MI 48198, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Joel Seewald, October 13, 2016
2. Upper left image
The mansion residence of the Worden family at 20 East Michigan, about 1870, one of the homes in the area before the auto dealerships. Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti Historical Museum.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Power on the River (here, next to this marker); Michigan Avenue Industry (here, next to this marker); Food and Drink (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. mile away); Michigan's Interurbans (approx. mile away); The Bomber Restaurant (approx. 0.3 miles away); 220 N. Huron (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ypsilanti (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ypsilanti.
 
Also see . . .  Water Street Auto Dealer History. Information about the Water Street auto dealerships in the Spring 2012 issue (page 9) of Ypsilanti Historical Society's Ypsilanti Gleanings. (Submitted on October 14, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles
 
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By Joel Seewald, October 13, 2016
3. Lower left image
Serbay Motor Sales along Michigan Avenue in 1962. Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, October 13, 2016
4. Upper middle image
The Joseph Thompson, Inc. dealership in 1938. In this photo, the old Worden mansion remains next door. Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, October 13, 2016
5. Lower middle image
Richard's DeSoto Plymouth at 34 East Michigan in 1953. Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, October 13, 2016
6. Lower right image
East Michigan Avenue auto dealerships in the early 1950s. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Firehouse Museum.
The Amazing Quarter Mile: Auto Dealers in Ypsilanti image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 13, 2016
7. The Amazing Quarter Mile: Auto Dealers in Ypsilanti
This marker is on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 107 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 14, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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