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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Flint, Michigan

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1 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — "Billy" Durantand the Birth of General Motors
He knew what worked. Billy Durant had the experience of the carriage industry and his success with the Buick Motor Company. In 1908, he set out to form General Motors by acquiring Oldsmobile, based in Lansing, and on September 16, 1908 the . . . Map (db m182332) HM
2 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Albert ChampionThe Name Behind the Spark Plug
The Frenchman first came to the United States in 1904 as an international champion bicycle racer, and became involved with automobiles. In Boston in 1905, Albert Champion partnered with early Buick dealer Frank Stranahan in founding the Albert . . . Map (db m180208) HM
3 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — S513 — Applewood Estate
Side 1 In 1905 William Durant of the Buick Motor Company asked wheel and axle manufacturer Charles Stewart Mott (1875-1973) to build axles in Flint. The Mott family and business had moved from Utica, New York, to Flint by 1907. In 1913 . . . Map (db m142480) HM
4 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — S513 — Applewood Estate
Side 1 In 1905 William Durant of the Buick Motor Company asked wheel and axle manufacturer Charles Stewart Mott (1875-1973) to build axles in Flint. The Mott family and business had moved from Utica, New York, to Flint by 1907. In 1913 . . . Map (db m142532) HM
5 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — At Their SideThe Women's Emergency Brigade
They didn't know what would happen. Workers' wives, girlfriends, and mothers supported the strikers during the Flint Sit-Down Strike. The Women's Emergency Brigade was formed after a street dance December 31, 1936 in front of the Fisher Body . . . Map (db m180539) HM
6 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Automotive PioneersHonoring Flint's Industrial Heritage
They were there at the beginning, applying their skills and ideas to Flint's early automotive industry in times of breathtaking change and risk. Because of people like William "Billy” Durant, David Buick, and Louis Chevrolet, Flint became . . . Map (db m180216) HM
7 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L1914 — Berston Field House and Playground
Berston Field House and Playground has served Flint citizens as an important recreation center since it opened in 1923. Designed by the Cambridge, Massachusetts, city planning firm of John Nolen, it was developed on land deeded to the city of Flint . . . Map (db m179964) HM
8 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Birthplace of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf
This Tablet Marks the Birthplace of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf This society had its origin in a lodge of the Coming Men of America formed among the Older Boys of the Michigan School For the Deaf wherein the idea of . . . Map (db m178342) HM
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9 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Body By FisherGM and Fisher Body Corporation
General Motors wanted quality When GM acquired complete ownership of Fisher Body Corporation in 1926, the company already had the largest and best-equipped body-building plants in the world. To replace bodies shipped up from Detroit, Fisher . . . Map (db m180543) HM
10 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Bold MovesBringing Buick to Flint
It was a time of great risk and adaptation. As the region's forests were exhausted in the late 1800s, the Flint-based lumber firm of Begole, Fox and Company reinvented itself as the Flint Wagon Works. In 1903 the company decided to enter the . . . Map (db m180138) HM
11 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — BoomtownThe Nation Comes to Flint
Booming factories created jobs and opportunities. The world came to Flint in search of work, and people from many nationalities and ethnicities found employment here. Within the United States, a great migration of African Americans and whites . . . Map (db m181148) HM
12 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Carriage Towncrossroads of American industry
The history of Carriage Town spans the centuries from its simple beginnings as a river crossing for American Indians, to fur trading, lumbering, and eventually an industrial manufacturing center for carriages and automobiles. Here history also spans . . . Map (db m179967) HM
13 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Carrie Chapman Catt1859 - 1947
Catt supervised campaigns, made speeches and mobilized over a million volunteers. She established a school to train volunteers in organizing, public speaking, parliamentary practice and suffrage history. She made sure workers were assigned to . . . Map (db m218745) HM
14 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Charles KetteringThe Hands of the Inventor
He advocated hands-on education through his life. Combining electrical engineering education with rich work experience, in 1909 Charles Kettering co-founded DELCO where he invented the automotive electric starter and lighting system that . . . Map (db m181029) HM
15 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Charles Stewart MottBuilding the Community
In 1905, Charles Stewart Mott moved his Weston-Mott Company from upstate New York to Flint to make automobile axles for Billy Durant's new Buick Motor Company. By 1913, Weston-Mott was purchased by General Motors. For another 60 years, until . . . Map (db m180035) HM
16 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Charles Stewart MottJune 2, 1875 - February 18, 1973
C.S. Mott, Flint's leading philanthropist, moved his axle firm here from Utica, N.Y., in 1906. He was encouraged by Buick's W.C. Durant, who created General Motors in 1908. Mott became a GM Vice President, served as chief of its advisory board and . . . Map (db m180036) HM
17 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L1397 — Charles W. Nash
This Queen Anne style house, built circa 1890, was owned by automotive pioneer Charles W. Nash (1864-1948). Born in Illinois, Nash worked on area farms before forming a successful hay-processing firm, “Adams and Nash,” in 1882. He was hired by the . . . Map (db m179966) HM
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18 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Chevrolet EmpireAlong the Flint River
This area gained the name "Chevy-in-the-hole" because it was located in the valley along the Flint River west of downtown. To the east, across Chevrolet Avenue, you can see the site of this development. Billy Durant had grand ambitions for . . . Map (db m180541) HM
19 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — S0543 — Civic Park
In 1916, as a flood of new workers for Flint’s automobile factories caused housing shortages, the directors of the Flint Board of Commerce formed the Civic Building Association. The association had built 133 houses on 400 acres of farmland by . . . Map (db m180450) HM
20 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L0826 — Community Presbyterian Church
The Community Presbyterian Church grew out of the Civic Park community, which General Motors established in 1919 through its Modern Housing Corporation to provide housing for its Flint workers. Several Presbyterian families in the area first met in . . . Map (db m180449) HM
21 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L0736 — Court Street United Methodist Church(First Methodist)
In 1834 circuit rider Bradford Frazee held the first Methodist service in Flint. The following year, William Brockway, of the Saginaw Mission, established regular services in Wait Beach’s barroom. In 1836 the class of nine persons organized as the . . . Map (db m178345) HM
22 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Creating an All-American City
Relationships have made this city great. During the city's prosperous and close relationship with General Motors, Flint could claim to be one of the most thriving cities in the United States. Relationships within the community were tested by the . . . Map (db m178448) HM
23 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — David BuickForgotten Inventor, Enduring Name
He was unknown to most people when he died in Detroit. Born in Scotland in 1854, in early adulthood he achieved success in Detroit with patents for plumbing fixtures. But he was drawn to gasoline engines, and by 1902 he had invented the . . . Map (db m180139) HM
24 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — David Dunbar BuickSeptember 17, 1854 - March 5, 1929
Scottish-born David Buick, Detroit plumbing executive turned engine builder, came to Flint when his Buick Motor Company was sold in 1903 to Flint Wagon Works leaders. In 1904, David's company built 37 Buick cars, equipped with soon-famous . . . Map (db m180140) HM
25 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Durant And DortFlint's Blue Ribbon Team
They were a remarkable partnership. William Crapo Durant and Josiah Dallas Dort transformed the small Flint Road Cart Company into the giant Durant-Dort Carriage Company. The company's vast production helped make Flint one of the world's . . . Map (db m182342) HM
26 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Elizabeth Cady Stanton1815 - 1902
Stanton was a leading voice for women's rights, which she called "the greatest revolution the world has ever known." She worked to win property rights for married women, equal guardianship of children, liberalized divorce laws and more . . . Map (db m218747) HM
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27 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Fannie Lou Hamer1917 - 1977
Granddaughter of a slave, Hamer was a champion of civil rights. Threats of losing her home and sharecropping job inspired her to work tirelessly registering African-Americans to vote. She was known for singing Christian hymns on the Freedom . . . Map (db m218722) HM
28 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L0848 — First National Bank of Flint
From its founding in 1864 through its closing in 1933 during the Great Depression, the First National Bank played a significant role in its home city´s development. The bank made loans and extended lines of credit to several fledgling motor . . . Map (db m178449) HM
29 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — FlintCollege and Cultural Center
Creating a cultural core for the city, the Flint College and Cultural Center was established in the 1950s. C. S. Mott donated 36 acres of his land for the complex, which now includes Mott Community College and the University of . . . Map (db m143624) HM
30 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Flint Automobile CompanyStarting with A. B. C.
Could it be done here? Hardy was vacationing in Europe when he noticed the advancements being made there in automobiles. Hardy realized the auto's potential in America, but was unable to convince Flint's carriage makers to turn to . . . Map (db m143768) HM
31 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — S0497 — Flint Industry / GM Sit-Down Strike
Flint Industry From 1910 through the 1980s, automobile and parts manufacturing dominated Flint industry. Like the saw and flour mills that preceded them, the factories were centered west of downtown in the Flint River valley. Industry began . . . Map (db m180537) HM
32 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L1395 — Flint Road Cart Factory / Durant-Dort Carriage Factory No. 1
Flint Road Cart Factory This one-story mill was built in the early 1880s as part of an unsuccessful effort to diversify the Flint Woolen Mills. In 1886 J. Dallas Dort and Billy Durant began leasing it to manufacture road carts. By the end of . . . Map (db m182343) HM
33 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Frances Perkins1880 - 1965
Perkins, US Secretary of Labor 1933-45, was the first woman appointed to the US Cabinet. A pivotal moment in her career was witnessing the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. Determined to protect workers, she helped craft . . . Map (db m218744) HM
34 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Fun and Games
Applewood included special places for recreation, which this competitive and athletic family greatly enjoyed. C.S. Mott often invited colleagues and community leaders over to play tennis, squash, and other games. A former physical education and . . . Map (db m142700) HM
35 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — GatehouseApplewood's Staff
This large estate and farm required a staff to maintain it. The Motts employed many people over the years. Some lived on the estate with their families in this gatehouse and elsewhere on the property. The Farmer Lived Here This . . . Map (db m142557) HM
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36 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Genesee County Civil War Memorial
1861-1865 In memory of Gov. Crapo Post G.A.R. No. 145 and Womans Relief Corps No. 23Map (db m182481) WM
37 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L1678 — Genesee County Courthouse
Genesee County was organized on March 8, 1836. The previous year the territorial legislature had stipulated that the county seat would be located on the west side of the Saginaw Turnpike “on lands recently deeded by John Todd and wife” . . . Map (db m121216) HM
38 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Genesee County Veterans Memorial
To the heroes of all wars Forever honoring all the men and women of Genesee County who served in the Armed Forces of the United States in time of war Dedicated May 30, 1951Map (db m182993) HM
39 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — George Washington Elm Tree
This Elm Tree Dedicated In Honor Of The Bicentennial Of The Birth Of George WashingtonMap (db m182331) HM
40 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — S0593 — Glenwood Cemetery
Glenwood Cemetery was established in 1857. It is one of only a few mid-nineteenth-century Michigan cemeteries to feature a rolling landscape with winding roadways. The original cemetery, the western section of the present grounds, displays a broad . . . Map (db m178338) HM
41 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — S579 — Henry Howland Crapo / Willson Park
Henry Howland Crapo Near this site stood the home of Henry Howland Crapo (1804-1869). Born in Massachusetts, Crapo in 1858 moved his family to Flint, where he had invested in timber land. Here, he developed a prosperous lumbering business, . . . Map (db m178409) HM
42 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Homeon Kearsley Street
Kearsley Street was home to many automotive leaders through the early decades of the 20th Century. The street was lined with their large Victorian homes, like Whaley House you see here. Dallas Dort and Charles Mott built large country . . . Map (db m143842) HM
43 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — J. Dallas Dort1861-1925
Durant Dort Carriage Company Dort Motor Car Company He Was Dedicated To The Welfare Of The People Of Flint. "Flint's Most Beloved Citizen" Flint Daily Journal - May 1925 Derek Wernher - Schulptor Woodrow S. Stanley Mayor, City of . . . Map (db m179923) HM
44 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L1396 — Jacob Smith / Fred A. Aldrich
Jacob Smith The first permanent structure erected on this site was probably the trading post built in 1819 by Jacob Smith, the founder of Flint. Fluent in English, French, German and a half dozen Indian languages, Smith represented the Chippewa . . . Map (db m179846) HM
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45 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Josiah Dallas DortCommitted to Flint
Josiah Dallas Dort took care of much more than business. Dort was a founding partner of the Durant-Dort Carriage Company and later a president of Dort Motor Car Company. But he was also actively involved in the Flint Institute of Music, the . . . Map (db m180447) HM
46 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Learning Leadershipat General Motors Institute
General Motors Institute launched many successful automotive careers. Founded as the School of Automotive Trades in 1919, GMI became an important training organization for GM after the company acquired the school in 1926. Generations of GM . . . Map (db m180746) HM
47 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Louis ChevroletBuilding a Reputation for Racing
From bicycles to automobiles, his life was defined by speed. Born in 1878, Louis Chevrolet grew up in Switzerland and France and raced and repaired bicycles before following a fascination with automobiles to America in 1900. His success in auto . . . Map (db m180212) HM
48 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Lucy Gonzalez Parsons1853 - 1942
Parsons, a labor organizer known as a powerful writer and speaker, focused on class struggles. She said the strike of the future is not to strike, go out and starve, but remain in and take possession of the property of production. This tactic . . . Map (db m218746) HM
49 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L0911 — Masonic Temple
Dating from medieval times, Freemasonry is likely the world´s oldest fraternity. Freemasonry dates from 1848 in Flint. Completed in 1911, this building has housed lodges including Flint 23, Fellowship 490, Genesee 174, Charles A. Durand 533, . . . Map (db m178356) HM
50 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — McFarlan Park
McFarlan Park, purchased in 1875 for $3,700.00 wsa the first park owned by the City of Flint and was the basis for the park and recreation system which now extends into all parts of the city. An ornamental fountain, the gift of Alexander McFarlan, . . . Map (db m182992) HM
51 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L0262 — Michigan School for the Deaf / Superintendent's Cottage
Michigan School for the Deaf In 1848 the Michigan legislature established the Michigan Asylum for Educating the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind. Flint was selected as the site for the new institution. The first student arrived on February 6, 1854. . . . Map (db m178343) HM
52 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Nash And Chryslerfrom the "Cradle" in Flint
Many automotive pioneers and leaders were nurtured in Flint's industry. Six General Motors presidents got their start in Flint, and two of them went on to form their own auto companies. Charles Nash rose from a dollar-a-day job stuffing . . . Map (db m179965) HM
53 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Orphans of the Automobile Industry
Many companies became memories. Between 1900 and 1920, in the automobile industry’s early years, car companies sprang like weeds all over the country. Many of these companies quickly failed, while others were folded into larger manufacturers. . . . Map (db m181454) HM
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54 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Otto P. GraffBuilding a Business in Flint
He knew the business of selling cars, and the Graff name has been prominent in Flint, Michigan for a century. In 1914, Otto P. Graff was the Genesee County Treasurer when he jumped at the chance to open a Ford dealership in Flint. He sold over . . . Map (db m178452) HM
55 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L1478 — Paterson-Sutherland House
Paterson-Sutherland House Constructed in 1885Map (db m178359) HM
56 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L2085 — Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Founded in 1875 and named in memory of Paul Quinn, the fourth bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Quinn Chapel is the oldest black congregation in Genesee County. This building, dedicated in 1957, is the congregation’s third house of . . . Map (db m180988) HM
57 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Renewing an Old Orchard
When C.S. and Ethel Mott bought this property in 1915, there was an old apple orchard here. Fmailiar with apples from his family's cider and vinegar business, C.S. added new plantings of varieties he liked. After moving into their home, the . . . Map (db m143454) HM
58 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L2150 — Resisting Slavery / Robert J. Cromwell
Resisting Slavery During the mid-nineteenth century a small number of African Americans settled in Genesee County where they found cheap land and employment as barbers, laborers, farmers, carpenters, and domestics. At this time differing . . . Map (db m178352) HM
59 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Rhonda Cornum1954 -
A U.S. Army soldier since 1978 and a flight surgeon during the first Gulf War, she was searching for a downed F-16 pilot when her aircraft came under fire. Although severely injured, she and two surviving soldiers were captured and forcefully . . . Map (db m218748) HM
60 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L1121 — Robert Aitken Farm House
Constructed Circa 1843 Listed On The National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m179963) HM
61 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Rosie the Riveter1940s
As men served during World War II, the federal government was forced to launch a campaign to lure women into the labor force. Thus, the beginning of the fictional character of Rosie the Riveter as the ideal woman worker: loyal, efficient, . . . Map (db m218723) HM
62 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Ruth Mott's Point of View
This bench marks Ruth Mott's favorite vantage point for looking out over the lower gardens. Sunny afternoons often found her here, enjoying the beauty of the rose garden below, smelling the lilacs in the spring, or recalling the many games of . . . Map (db m152120) HM
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63 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — S0639 — Sarah Emma Edmonds / Franklin Thompson
Sarah Emma Edmonds Sarah Emma Edmonds (1841-c. 1898) left her New Brunswick, Canada, home in 1858. Escaping what she feared would be a life of “enslavement” as a woman, she took on the identity of a man, Franklin Thompson, and found employment . . . Map (db m178353) HM
64 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Sitdowners Memorial Park
In January of 1987 Director Stan Marshall, Assistant Direction Ruben Burks and Secretary Bettye Cunningham began preparations for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Flint Sitdown Stoke. With the goal of recording their memories of the event, . . . Map (db m218719) HM
65 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Sitting For 44 DaysThe Historic Flint Sit-Down Strike
It is a pivotal event in American labor history. On December 30, 1936, workers sat down on assembly lines in Flint, including the Chevrolet and Fisher Body plants here across Chevrolet Avenue. Their strike was intended to improve working . . . Map (db m180549) HM
66 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L1491 — St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
In 1834 Daniel O’Sullivan, a teacher from Ireland, moved to Flint and began teaching religion to students after school. Together with two traveling priests he convinced Bishop Leferve to build a church in Flint. That church became St. Michael Roman . . . Map (db m182515) HM
67 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L371 — St. Paul's Episcopal Church
The Reverend Daniel Brown came to this area in 1839 to help form a new Episcopal parish. He became the first rector of St. Paul's in 1840 when it received canonical sanction. The congregation met in a temporary chapel and then in a small church . . . Map (db m121202) HM
68 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L2140 — Stockton House / Thomas Stockton
Stockton House The November 9, 1872, edition of the Flint Wolverine Citizen newspaper reported the near completion of this house for retired army colonel Thomas Stockton and his wife, Maria. The newspaper called it "elegant" and "among . . . Map (db m178346) HM
69 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Terrace Reconstruction Project
A recent building assessment revealed that Applewood's terrace needed major repairs. Because brick expands and concrete shrinks along with the changes in Michigan's weather, the mortar joints have loosened. This has caused cracking throughout the . . . Map (db m142797) HM
70 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — The Daniels House
This modest Victorian syle house was built in 1894. Early residents included Harry B. Daniels of the American Tailoring Company, Charles Childs, executive of The Flint Wagon Works and Buick Motor Company, and John Hoyle a worker at the Freeman . . . Map (db m179852) HM
71 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — The Demonstration Garden
C.S. Mott established the farm and vegetable garden to be sure his family and guests could enjoy the benefits of healthy and tasty fresh food. As the children grew up and left home, the large vegetable gardens were no longer needed. Years later . . . Map (db m142637) HM
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72 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — S0497 — The Flint Sit-Down
On February 1, 1937, the wave of sit-down strikes against General Motors broadened as Chevrolet Plant No. 4 was seized. The United Auto Workers’ strategy was a diversionary strike at the nearby Plant No. 9 to draw company personnel to that point . . . Map (db m180550) HM
73 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — The Freedman House
Built in the 1860's, this Greek Revival house is one of the oldest structures still standing on its original site in the city of Flint. The owner, Solomon S. Freedman, is listed in an 1873 city directory as a "manufacturer and dealer in hoop skirts, . . . Map (db m179849) HM
74 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — S0497 — The General Motors Sit-Down Strike
Starting December 30, 1936, this building was occupied for forty-four days by striking members of the United Auto Workers. The strikers, acting in concert with other plants that were closed or to be closed by sit-downs, asked for recognition of the . . . Map (db m178335) HM
75 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — The Heart of the FarmThe Mott Barn
This impressive barn housed Mr. Mott's registered Holstein-Friesian cows, Belgian work horses and pleasure horses. Consistent with his business practices, it was outfitted with progressive equipment and systems for those times. Hay and grain were . . . Map (db m142567) HM
76 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — The Nelson Webster House
This Queen Ann style home was built in the 1890's by Nelson C. Webster, a farmer's son, who went from being a stock keeper for the Flint Road Card Company to becoming the Secretary-Treasurer for the Wm. F. Stewart Company. He devoted 43 years with . . . Map (db m180536) HM
77 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — The Rise and Fall of Gilkey Creek
Gilkey Creek flowed through this area long before the Motts bought the surrounding land in 1915 to use as pasture for their cows. It rose and fell with the rainfall but caused few problems in those early years. From Cows to College . . . Map (db m142701) HM
78 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — S0180 — The Vehicle City
Flint, platted in 1836, became known as the “Vehicle City.” The production of road carts reached 150,000 annually. Due to the foresight of its vehicle manufacturers Flint has become second only to the Detroit area in production of motor vehicles. A. . . . Map (db m178355) HM
79 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — UAW Tribute to WomenOrdinary Women Changing the World
Labor history was made when the UAW won recognition from General Motors on February 11, 1937 Recognition did not come easily. The 44 day Sitdown Strike took place during a bitterly cold Flint winter. At one point, heat was turned off in . . . Map (db m218750) HM
80 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — UAW Veterans
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81 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Vehicle City ArchesBrightening Downtown Flint
They made a statement in lights and steel. In 1899, gas lamps in downtown Flint were replaced with electric lights mounted on five steel arches spanning Saginaw Street. In 1905 two more arches were added, including one with the letter "FLINT - . . . Map (db m179971) HM
82 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — W. C. Billy Durant1861-1947
Flint's Carriage King and the creator of General Motors Dedicated December 8, 1988 Derek Wernher, Sculptor Matthew S. Collier Mayor, City of FlintMap (db m182344) HM
83 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L502 — Whaley House / Robert J. Whaley
Whaley House The central portion of this handsome Victorian home was built in the late 1850s. Several prominent Flint families lived in it before Robert J. Whaley purchased it in 1884. Whaley a local lumberman and banker, remodeled the . . . Map (db m143776) HM
84 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — William "Billy" DurantThe Invitation of a Pioneering Personality
"Flint is in the center of the automobile industry, a progressive city, good people, with conditions for manufacturing, ideal," wrote William Crapo Durant in 1905, inviting Utica, New York axle-maker Charles Stewart Mott to move here. Durant . . . Map (db m182345) HM
85 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — William C. DurantDecember 8, 1861 - March 18, 1947
William "Billy" Durant led Flint's incredible industrial development 18902 - 1920s. Durant co-founded the successful Durant-Dort Carriage Company, then in 1904 took control of David Buick's fledgling automobile firm. Durant built on Buick's success . . . Map (db m182340) HM
86 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — L0343 — William C. Durant / Durant-Dort Carriage Company
William C. Durant William Crapo Durant (1861-1947), one of Flint’s most important historical figures, was a pioneer in the development of the American auto industry. Durant’s vehicle ventures began in 1886, when, with a borrowed $1,500, he . . . Map (db m182338) HM
87 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Wood And MetalThe Roots of Flint's Industry
It began with the pine forests. Like many other Michigan communities, Flint built its economy in the 1800s on thriving lumber mills, to supply a growing nation. When demand for wood exhausted the region's forests, Flint turned to other ventures . . . Map (db m178471) HM
88 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Charter Township — Davison Depot
Built in Davison between 1890 and 1900, the Davison Depot was a "flag stop" on the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Line. It was a gathering place for passengers and a drop off spot for the mail. The Depot did not have scheduled stops. The train . . . Map (db m225260) HM
89 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Township — 1912 Charles W. Parker Carousel
In 1896, Charles Wallace Parker (1864-1932), built his first carousel in Abilene, Kansas. In 1910 he moved his factory to Leavenworth, Kansas. Although most of Parker's carousels were small and portable, he also carved a number of large three- . . . Map (db m225344) HM
90 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Township — Buzzell House
The Buzzell House was built on East Court Street on land that was part of the old John Smith Chippewa Indian Reservation. A professional carpenter, John Buzzell built the Greek revival-style home in 1854 for his family. As the family grew, so did . . . Map (db m225286) HM
91 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Township — Charles Stewart MottGifts to Flint and the World
Charles Stewart Mott lived for his community. During his 60 years of service on the General Motors board of directors, he established and endowed the Mott Foundation in 1926 to improve Flint's civic welfare. Mott's generous . . . Map (db m234053) HM
92 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Township — Clayton Township Hall
Originally built in 1878 on Corunna Road, the Township Hall was a gift from the citizens of Clayton Township and was moved to Crossroads Village in 1976. The Clayton Township area was originally called Miller's Settlement after the first . . . Map (db m225335) HM
93 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Township — Coldwater Road Chapel
Built in 1898, this former Cohoctah Evangelical Church initially served the religious needs of a farming community near Howell, Michigan. Since Michigan lumber was in short supply during the time this church was being built, it was constructed of . . . Map (db m225363) HM
94 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Township — Durant Barn
William C. Durant, better known as Billy Durant, built this quaint barn behind his home on Garland Street in Flint's Carriage Town area. The barn most likely was constructed between 1890 and 1900 and was a typical outbuilding of the period. . . . Map (db m226305) HM
95 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Township — Gentleman TinkerersJudge Wisner and Doctor Bardwell
Before automobiles were common on American roads, they were found in barns and workshops of tinkerers who explored their mechanics. Judge Charles H. Wisner and Dr. Hiram H. Bardwell, two of Flint's gentleman tinkerers, worked on . . . Map (db m224683) HM
96 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Township — Manwaring Building(Print Shop)
This Greek-revival style building, most likely built in the 1850s, was located on Main Street in Dryden, Michigan. The building is referred to as the Manwaring Building because it was one of two mercantile buildings owned by Joseph Manwaring, a . . . Map (db m225463) HM
97 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Township — Stanley School
Named Stanley School for Sherman Stanley, this red brick school was built in 1883 on Bray Road, about one quarter mile from the entrance to Crossroads Village. This brick schoolhouse saw many children pass through its doors from 1883 until . . . Map (db m225338) HM
98 Michigan, Genesee County, Flint, Genesee Township — Wisner Carriage Barn
Judge Charles H. Wisner, a prominent Flint citizen and tinkerer, built this Italianate carriage barn in 1878 to house a few horses and carriages at his residence on the corner of East Court and Lapeer Streets in Flint. Wisner, the son of Moses . . . Map (db m225262) HM
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Dec. 4, 2023