“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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MotorCities National Heritage Area Historical Markers

The MotorCities National Heritage Area, designated by Congress in 1998, celebrates the auto industry and its impact on the Detroit area, southeastern Michigan, and communities as far away as Saginaw, Flint, Lansing, and Kalamazoo.
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1Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Flint — College 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
2Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Flint Automobile Company — Starting 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
3Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Home — on 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
4Michigan, Genesee County, Flint — Josiah Dallas Dort — Committed 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
5Michigan, Ingham County, Lansing — I-496 Olds Freeway — Rolling Through the City — The I-496 freeway loop opened in late 1970. —
The road, cutting across downtown Lansing, was given the name "Olds Freeway' in honor of Ransom E. Olds. The new freeway reflected a national trend as workers moved out of the cities to suburban homes. I-496 spurred growth in the suburbs, but . . . Map (db m104215) HM
6Michigan, Ingham County, Lansing — Lansing's Labor Holiday — The UAW Takes Action — They took it to the streets on June 7, 1937 —
Following Flint's example, Lansing Amalgamated United Auto Workers Local 182 concluded a successful sit-down strike at Reo in April 1937. A subsequent effort to organize Capital City Wrecking Company resulted in the firing of workers, picket lines . . . Map (db m104154) HM
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7Michigan, Ingham County, Lansing — Olds Returns to Lansing — The Curved Dash Runabout — Fire didn't destroy Ransom E. Olds' dreams —
After fire destroyed the new Olds Motor Works plant in Detroit on March 9, 1901, the Lansing Business Men's Association offered Olds land originally acquired in hopes of permanently hosting the State Fair. He took it. His new plant produced only the . . . Map (db m104114) HM
8Michigan, Ingham County, Lansing — Ransom Eli Olds Breakthrough — Engines Turning Wheels — The spark of auto innovation ignited here in the 1890s. —
P.F. Olds founded a prosperous machine shop here on River Street, repairing and building steam and gasoline engines. His was one of many Lansing Manufacturing plants that produced small engines, carriages, windmills and other equipment used by . . . Map (db m104130) HM
9Michigan, Lenawee County, Brooklyn — At the Crossroads — Cambridge Junction and the Walker Taverns
Travelers or neighbors, all were welcome here. Two of the most important roads of Michigan's settlement era - the Monroe Pike (M-50) and the Chicago Road (US 12) crossed at Cambridge Junction. Settlers and stagecoach riders . . . Map (db m205428) HM
10Michigan, Livingston County, Hamburg, Hamburg Township — Trains to Hamburg — The Village with Two Railroads
Everything changed when the trains came to Hamburg in the 1880s. The village had been connected to neighboring towns only by old Native American trails and dirt roads. Travel was slow and difficult on foot, horse or wagon, and village . . . Map (db m168379) HM
11Michigan, Livingston County, Hamburg, Hamburg Township — Travelers Stop — at the Hamburg House Hotel
The Hotel brought the world to the little village of Hamburg. Built in 1835 beside Horsehoe Creek, it sheltered many early settlers to the region and, by 1850, visitors coming to enjoy hunting and fishing in the woods and lakes. Two . . . Map (db m168152) HM
12Michigan, Livingston County, Pinckney, Hamburg Township — Hitting the Road — Changing Routes Through Hamburg Township
The Humpback Bridge used to be here, crossing the Grand Trunk Railway. The narrow wooden span was built in 1900 to carry vehicles on state route M-36 over the Grand Trunk Railway line (now the Lakeland Trail). Unsuited to . . . Map (db m202504) HM
13Michigan, Livingston County, Pinckney, Hamburg Township — The Big Chill — Railroads and the Zukey Lake Ice House
Ice harvesting was the major winter activity in Hamburg Township for over thirty years. Until electrical refrigeration became common in the 1940s, food was best preserved during warmer months in "iceboxes" with ice blocks . . . Map (db m202142) HM
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14Michigan, Livingston County, Pinckney, Hamburg Township — Trains Off Line — The Challenge of Railroad Safety
Train wrecks were a constant worry in Hamburg Township, though they were not common. Accidents jolted communities around the world as trains became common in the 1800s. In fact, worldwide time zones were established, in part, . . . Map (db m202465) HM
15Michigan, Macomb County, Romeo — Electric Streetcars — Romeo's Historic Movement
On November 18, 1899 the first electric streetcar arrived in Romeo. It moved up a track in the center of Main Street, connected by long rods to overhead electrical lines. Later, it turned west on St. Clair Street to the new Detroit United . . . Map (db m123383) HM
16Michigan, Macomb County, Romeo — From the Foundry Fires — Engine Blocks for Ford's Model T
Romeo's foundry industry was well-established when Lyman Holmes contacted Ford Motor Company in 1907. Ford was having problems getting engine parts for the Model N automobile from foundries in Detroit. Holmes managed the Romeo Foundry, that . . . Map (db m123458) HM
17Michigan, Macomb County, Romeo — Many Tools and Many Tasks — The C. Craig Blacksmith Museum
This shop has sheltered many types of work over the years. Built on its original South Bailey Street site in 1864, its owners included a tinsmith and a furniture upholsterer. Later, blacksmith Clyde Craig worked in the building for 50 . . . Map (db m123327) HM
18Michigan, Macomb County, Romeo — Wooden Wheels — 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 . . . Map (db m123364) HM
19Michigan, Macomb County, Roseville — A Plank Road History — Gratiot Avenue and "The Junction"
There had to be a better way to travel through the countryside when Michigan was young. In the mid-1800s, the new Gratiot Turnpike between Detroit and Mt. Clemens was a swampy and rutted dirt road. To improve things, in 1846 the State of . . . Map (db m120549) HM
20Michigan, Macomb County, Roseville — Frenchy's Auto Parts — Helping Hands for the Roseville Community
During World War II, new cars were not available and people came to Frenchy's Auto Parts to keep their cars running. Owners Dumitru and Anna Simionescu experienced difficulties — rebuilding from a 1949 fire and financial struggles . . . Map (db m120723) HM
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21Michigan, Macomb County, Roseville — Packard Field in Roseville — From Airport to Shopping Center
Ground was broken here in many ways. At this site along Gratiot Avenue, Michigan's first commercial airport was established in 1919, and in 1954 Michigan's first shopping center opened here. Packard Motor Car Company, a leading American . . . Map (db m120651) HM
22Michigan, Macomb County, Roseville — Rapid Railway Company — and Its Interurban Stops in Roseville
Interurban service became the most successful mode of transportation through Roseville in the early 1900s. Starting in 1895, the Rapid Railway Company ran electric interurbans along Gratiot Avenue between Detroit and Mt. Clemens, a . . . Map (db m120631) HM
23Michigan, Macomb County, Roseville — Watching the Big Show — at the Gratiot Drive-In Theater
The outdoor theater was a delightful landmark in Roseville and in the memories of people who enjoyed the Gratiot Drive-In for 36 years. It first opened in 1948 and offered entertainment until it closed in September 1984. People fondly . . . Map (db m120666) HM
24Michigan, Macomb County, Shelby Township, Shelby Charter Township — "Quality First" — The Packard Motor Car Company
Packard is remembered and celebrated by people around the world. No company sold more luxury cars between 1925 and 1942, and the distinctive tombstone-shaped grill was a company trademark. The Packard Motor Car Company was originally . . . Map (db m137591) HM
25Michigan, Macomb County, Shelby Township, Shelby Charter Township — Base of Operations — The Lodge at the Proving Grounds
The Lodge is a landmark, just north of the main gates of the Packard Proving Grounds. Designed by famous architect Albert Kahn in the English Cotswold style, it opened in 1928 as the site's base of operations. The site manager and his . . . Map (db m137579) HM
26Michigan, Macomb County, Shelby Township, Shelby Charter Township — Extreme Testing — The Packard Endurance Runs
Packard combined luxury and quality like no other automobile. The Packard Motor Car Company continually tested its products, even under extreme conditions. Two 25,000-mile tests were run here on the Packard Proving Grounds track, one in . . . Map (db m137675) HM
27Michigan, Macomb County, Shelby Township, Shelby Charter Township — In Times of War — Packard's "Arsenal of Democracy"
Packard answered the call to arms, turning its automotive expertise to the production of thousands of trucks and Liberty aircraft engines in World War I. The world again turned to Packard's "Master Motor Builders" during World War II, as . . . Map (db m137634) HM
28Michigan, Macomb County, Shelby Township, Shelby Charter Township — Made for Speed — The Test Track at the Proving Grounds
The high-speed testing track was the key. The 2 1/2-mile oval had 31-degree banked curves which allowed drivers to reach high speeds. On June 14, 1928, after winning that year's Indianapolis 500, race car driver Leon . . . Map (db m137683) HM
29Michigan, Macomb County, Shelby Township, Shelby Charter Township — Packard Proving Grounds — Preserving Automotive History
There were wide open spaces here when the Packard Motor Car Company purchased almost a full square mile of land to the west for a new testing facility. The site opened in 1928 with a high-speed 2 1/2-mile oval track . . . Map (db m137619) HM
30Michigan, Macomb County, Shelby Township, Shelby Charter Township — Packard Takes Flight — Charles Lindbergh Visits the Proving Grounds
The "Master Motor Builders" at Packard made some of the world's best engines for both automobiles and aircraft. Packard first manufactured aircraft engines during World War I and continued after that war. Packard used the nearly mile-long . . . Map (db m137673) HM
31Michigan, Macomb County, Shelby Township, Shelby Charter Township — The Vincent Family — Home at the Proving Grounds
It wasn't just an industrial testing facility. The Proving Grounds was also home to superintendent Charles H. Vincent and his family, from its opening in 1928 to 1942. Charlie and his wife Lucille raised three daughters in the Lodge at the . . . Map (db m137605) HM
32Michigan, Oakland County, Clarkston — Building Clarkston History — at 90 North Main
It has been a building of many uses for many people. It was built as Clarkston High School in 1910 and students learned and played here until 1930. In recent years, it was a community center and the Independence Township Hall. But in 1940 the . . . Map (db m128228) HM
33Michigan, Oakland County, Farmington — Travel Through Time — on Farmington's Grand River Avenue
Long before our everyday journeys, people traveled along this important road. This was once the Grand River Trail, a pathway Native Americans followed across Michigan before European settlement. Farmington founder Arthur Power came here along . . . Map (db m85441) HM
34Michigan, Oakland County, Lake Orion — William E. Scripps — and the Scripps-Booth Luxury Automobile
Behind these gates lies the country estate built in 1927 by William E. Scripps, heir to the Detroit News fortune and a talented early aviator, inventor, and radio pioneer. He joined his nephew James Scripps Booth in forming the . . . Map (db m133626) HM
35Michigan, Oakland County, Milford — A Ford Village Industry — Along Pettibone Creek
This landmark building commands attention as the Pettibone Creek Hydroelectric Station. It was built in 1938-39 to harness the precious power of water for Ford's Carburetor Plant, now gone. It remains as a reminder of Milford's "village . . . Map (db m125348) HM
36Michigan, Oakland County, Milford — Milford at Work — The Ford Carburetor Plant
Henry Ford chose to build a "village industry" here in the 1930s, one of seventeen small factories he built in rural settings to produce small parts for Ford vehicles. Ford found benefits to building the carburetor plant here — dams . . . Map (db m125380) HM
37Michigan, Oakland County, Novi — Approaching "Novi Corners" — Headed in Four Directions
The focus of the Novi community... the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Novi Road. Various buildings have come and gone, within walking distance of this crossing — stores, churches, a school, a hotel, restaurants, village . . . Map (db m155616) HM
38Michigan, Oakland County, Novi — Built for Fun — on the Shores of Walled Lake
A wonderful tumble of attractions grew beside Walled Lake in the early 20th Century. The lake had been known for fishing, swimming and boating, but the development of automobiles and highways brought great numbers of mobile city dwellers . . . Map (db m164432) HM
39Michigan, Oakland County, Novi — Grand River Avenue — Life Along Novi's "Main Street"
Novi has grown with major transportation, and Grand River Avenue has been the community's corridor of history. The route's first segment was cut through the landscape in the 1830s from Detroit to Brighton, and many of Novi's earliest . . . Map (db m178336) HM
40Michigan, Oakland County, Novi — High Performance Legend — The Novi Special at the Indianapolis 500
The crowds loved the high-pitched "shriek" of its engine and drivers were barely able to control its power. The legendary Novi Special stood out with 450 horsepower at its first Indianapolis 500 race in 1941 and the supercharged engine . . . Map (db m155908) HM
41Michigan, Oakland County, Novi — Novi's Crucial Crossing — The Train Station and the Grand River Bridge
An intersection of history... where the Pere Marquette Railroad crossed Grand River Avenue. Built in the 1850s, Grand River Avenue was an important route between Detroit and Lansing, but transportation was limited to horseback, wagon or . . . Map (db m165134) HM
42Michigan, Oakland County, Novi — Sharing the Bounty — Novi's Agricultural History at Tollgate
The Michigan State University Tollgate Farm is the latest in a line of stewards of this precious land. 160 acres were first settled by John and Ervilla Bassett in 1837 here at Twelve Mile and Meadowbrook Roads. The farm grew with access to . . . Map (db m164611) HM
43Michigan, Oakland County, Novi — Walled Lake Casino — Where Detroiters Came to Dance
The huge dance floor was the center of things for the people who drove to Walled Lake Casino for forty years. The word "casino" originally meant a large building for civic or entertainment activities, and early automobiles allowed city . . . Map (db m164669) HM
44Michigan, Oakland County, Novi — Worth the Drive — to Walled Lake Amusement Park
It was a destination for all of southeast Michigan "The Picnic Wonderland," made possible by the automobile and the creation of major highways like Grand River Avenue. Interurban trains didn't travel to Walled Lake, so visitors came in . . . Map (db m164752) HM
45Michigan, Oakland County, Orchard Lake — Drawn by Water — The Greater West Bloomfield Story
Beautiful lakes and rolling fertile land hold quite an attraction. Native Americans first lived in the woodlands among the waterways and trails. By 1820 settlers built roads and opened the land to farming, mostly growing apples and raising . . . Map (db m176372) HM
46Michigan, Oakland County, Orchard Lake — Remembering Historic Railways — on the West Bloomfield Trail
Two railways came together here. The West Bloomfield Trail follows the path of the Grand Trunk Railroad, built through the region in the 1880s. If you were standing here in 1900, you also would see a light rail trolley line that ran along . . . Map (db m174212) HM
47Michigan, Oakland County, Orchard Lake — The Orchard Lake Museum — and the Treasures of Local History
The Orchard Lake Museum has been an intersection where paths cross and people meet. The first building here was a small tavern named the Orchard Lake House, built in 1857 for stagecoach travelers. Various owners rebuilt and . . . Map (db m105083) HM
48Michigan, Oakland County, Orchard Lake — Tracks Over Tracks — on the Detroit United Railway
Transportation transformed the landscape of rural West Bloomfield as electric trolleys and automobiles appeared around the turn of the 20th century. Many people traveled here for the first time from Detroit and Pontiac, and . . . Map (db m105114) HM
49Michigan, Oakland County, Orchard Lake — Waiting for the Trolleys — and Riding Between the Lakes
The trolleys made it easy to travel through the lakes of Oakland County. In the early 1900s people got off or waited at platforms that were built for access to the track. The Detroit United Railway (DUR) bought land from local . . . Map (db m105074) HM
50Michigan, Oakland County, Orchard Lake — Waiting Room and the "Wye" — at the Michigan Military Academy
To change directions, trolleys had to turn around. At this location, at the back of what had been the parade grounds of the Michigan Military Academy, the Detroit United Railway (DUR) built a "wye." This Y-shaped track allowed . . . Map (db m105150) HM
51Michigan, Oakland County, Pontiac — "Body by Fisher" — A Standard of Excellence in Pontiac
Skills, quality and leadership came naturally to the Fisher brothers. By the time they formed Fisher Body Company in Detroit in 1908, they had adapted their carriage-making to the needs of automobile bodies and were ready for early . . . Map (db m174262) HM
52Michigan, Oakland County, Pontiac — Automobile Financing — Money Greases the Wheels
Before loan money was available, the early market for automobiles was limited in Pontiac and elsewhere. Car dealers couldn't afford inventories of more than a few vehicles and many people couldn't afford to buy cars at all. By offering . . . Map (db m175272) HM
53Michigan, Oakland County, Pontiac — Great Migrations — Opportunities in Boomtown Pontiac
They built this city. An exodus of people left southern America for the north in the early 20th Century, attracted by the explosive growth in the automobile industry. Many cam to Pontiac for jobs in the auto plants, and many others brought . . . Map (db m175586) HM
54Michigan, Oakland County, Pontiac — Versatile Vehicles — Pontiac's Early Carriage Industry
Horses did all the work in Pontiac's early days. By 1850, several builders of "horse-drawn" vehicles — wagons and carriages — had workshops around Lawrence Street, using wood cut at lumbermills powered by the Clinton River. Carriage-makers . . . Map (db m174213) HM
55Michigan, Oakland County, Pontiac — Wessen & Bagley — A Town Within the City
"The Corner" was an intersection of people who came for jobs offered by the explosive growth of Pontiac's automobile industry. In the early 1900s, large numbers of mostly-rural Southerners settled near factories on the southwest side of the . . . Map (db m175369) HM
56Michigan, Oakland County, Sylvan Lake — "X" Marks the Spot — A Tale of Four Townships
In 1817, Michigan surveyors left their mark, right nearby. Before Michigan became a state, it was part of the Northwest Territory. To map this unknown terrain, our young federal government dispatched survey crews, to mark off township . . . Map (db m173662) HM
57Michigan, Oakland County, Sylvan Lake — Learning and Growing — at the Daniel Whitfield School
A booming automobile industry challenged resources. The first Daniel Whitfield School was opened in 1852 to meet the needs of Sylvan Lake's children. Four decades later a bigger building replaced this small, one-room wooden schoolhouse. The . . . Map (db m173598) HM
58Michigan, Oakland County, Sylvan Lake — New Life for Children — at the Detroit Free Press Fresh Air Camp
They needed and got a good dose of being wanted. The Detroit Free Press began the Fresh Air Camp in 1906 to give underprivileged Detroit children the experience of two weeks of recreation in the countryside. Most were on their first trips . . . Map (db m173562) HM
59Michigan, Oakland County, Sylvan Lake — Oakland County Boat Club — Centennial 1912-2012 ... and Still Going Strong
Many founding members toiled long days in the early automobile factories to gather $500 to buy this site on Sylvan Lake. The first meetings were held in an old shed used for a boat livery. In 1916 the Boat Club was built with rooms for . . . Map (db m173460) HM
60Michigan, Oakland County, Sylvan Lake — Ordered by Mail - Sent by Rail — Kit Homes in Sylvan Lake
Demand for housing began to skyrocket in the early 1900s as thousands came to southeast Michigan for jobs in the burgeoning automobile industry. Kit homes were an innovative way to help address housing needs. Manufacturers shipped out . . . Map (db m173757) HM
61Michigan, Oakland County, Sylvan Lake — Outdoor Attractions — on the Shores of Sylvan Lake — Reported missing
Sylvan Lake is called "The Prettiest Little City in Michigan." Its name means "wooded shady lake" for its unique natural beauty. A trip to Sylvan Lake gave people a new attitude on life. After the 1890s, trolleys and automobiles allowed . . . Map (db m175770) HM
62Michigan, Oakland County, Sylvan Lake — Sylvan Lake Inn — The Dream of Merrill B. Mills
Merrill B. Mills had many plans in the early 1890s for his land around Sylvan Lake. His Sylvan Lake Improvement Association developed lakeside subdivisions and a resort hotel. The Sylvan Lake Inn was built in 1893 on this Point, including a . . . Map (db m173569) HM
63Michigan, Oakland County, Sylvan Lake — The Great Escape — Traveling to Sylvan Lake
The world got bigger for most people around 1900 Trolleys and automobiles appeared in southeast Michigan around then, and more people could enjoy distance places. Travel time from Detroit to Sylvan Lake's natural beauty and attractions was . . . Map (db m173418) HM
64Michigan, Oakland County, West Bloomfield — "Motoring" to Pine Lake — with the Automobile Club of Detroit
It was a time of exciting change, as the first automobiles tangled with horses and trolley cars in the streets and countryside. On June 23, 1902 a group of leading businessmen and industrialists came together at the Detroit . . . Map (db m105226) HM
65Michigan, Oakland County, West Bloomfield — A Lake and a Trolley — Put Keego Harbor on the Map
Cass Lake was the quiet pleasure of farmers and merchants until the first trolley rail system was built through the area in 1895, bringing "weekenders" from Pontiac and Detroit to the area. In 1912 real estate developer Joseph . . . Map (db m105182) HM
66Michigan, Oakland County, West Bloomfield — Gateway to Nature — at the Orchard Lake Beach Trolley Stop
Many Detroiters escaped to nature on the trolleys of the Detroit United Railway (DUR) in the early 1900s. The Orchard Lake Beach stop was located here, where the parallel Grand Trunk Railroad and DUR trolley tracks crossed . . . Map (db m105107) HM
67Michigan, Oakland County, West Bloomfield — In Good Company — at Pine Lake Country Club
The sparkling lake has been a gift to the generations Pine Lake Country Club began as a treasured rustic destination for Automobile Club of Detroit road tours in the early 1900s. By 1910, the clubhouse on Pine Lake had become a . . . Map (db m105200) HM
68Michigan, Oakland County, West Bloomfield — Lakes and Attractions — at the Orchard Lake Trolley Stop
The heart of the lake country was well-served by the trolleys in the early 1900s. No stop in the entire Detroit United Railway (DUR) trolley system was more popular than the Orchard Lake stop located here, where the parallel . . . Map (db m105135) HM
69Michigan, Oakland County, West Bloomfield — Remembering Historic Railways — on the West Bloomfield Trail
The West Bloomfield Trail was once a railbed of the Grand Trunk Railroad, built through the region in the 1880s to serve far-flung agriculture and industry. The light rail electric trolley track that was built in 1899 is noticeable at Cass Lake . . . Map (db m174210) HM
70Michigan, Oakland County, West Bloomfield — Settling the Dust — The Countryside Improvement Association
The lakes and landscape of Oakland County weren't ready for the automobile in the early 1900s. Weekend visitors, in noisy "self-propelled" vehicles, churned up dust on unpaved roads and trespassed on private property. To . . . Map (db m105049) HM
71Michigan, Oakland County, West Bloomfield — Sharing the Ride — on the Westacres Community Bus
They turned on their porchlights to signal the bus to pick them up for the ride to work at the Chrysler plant in Highland Park. In 1939 nine Westacres residents bought a used bus to share the cost of commuting to work. They formed the . . . Map (db m175749) HM
72Michigan, Oakland County, West Bloomfield — West Bloomfield Trail — Exploring the Tale of the Rail
Railroad locomotives thundered through this countryside for more than 130 years. The Michigan Air Line Railroad was completed in 1884, a branch of the historic Grand Trunk Railroad that became a vital shipping network between manufacturing . . . Map (db m155852) HM
73Michigan, Oakland County, West Bloomfield — Westacres Community — New Life for Auto Workers
Born with great purpose in the Great Depression Westacres endures as a strong West Bloomfield Community. In 1936, U.S. Senator from Michigan, James Couzens pooled $550,000 of his own money with $300,000 of federal funds to establish this . . . Map (db m175669) HM
74Michigan, Oakland County, White Lake charter Township, White Lake Township — Edsel Ford's Leadership — and His "Nerve Retreat" at Haven Hill
He was a man of vision and achievement, and he called Haven Hill his "nerve retreat," his restful refuge. The only child of Henry and Clara Ford, Edsel Ford was born in 1893 and became the youngest president of Ford Motor Company in 1919. . . . Map (db m99082) HM
75Michigan, Oakland County, White Lake charter Township, White Lake Township — Genevieve Gillette — and the Treasures of Nature
Michigan state parks welcomed the newly-mobile drivers of automobiles in the early 1900s. Genevieve Gillette made it her life's work to preserve precious natural settings and make them available to the travelling public. In 1920 she began . . . Map (db m99055) HM
76Michigan, Oakland County, White Lake charter Township, White Lake Township — Haven Hill Barn
The centerpiece of Edsel Ford's working farm at Haven Hill was this barn, built in the early 1930s and partially blown down by high winds in 2008. This huge barn was an expression of the merging agriculture and industry, a . . . Map (db m203192) HM
77Michigan, Oakland County, White Lake charter Township, White Lake Township — Haven Hill Carriage House — The Lodge's "Little Brother"
It was a garage and a playhouse. The Carriage House was planned to be the chauffeur's home and to shelter Ford family vehicles. But the chauffeur moved into the Lodge, and the Carriage House became a playhouse for the Ford children — . . . Map (db m99117) HM
78Michigan, Oakland County, White Lake charter Township, White Lake Township — Haven Hill Farm — Exploring a New World of Agriculture
An expression of deep respect for the land, this complex was called the Farm Group Buildings. Edsel Ford learned from his father Henry Ford who wrote in 1932 that "with one foot in industry and another foot in the land, human society is . . . Map (db m99131) HM
79Michigan, Oakland County, White Lake charter Township, White Lake Township — Haven Hill Gatehouse — Crossing the Threshold to the Estate
The Gatehouse was the formal entryway into the 2,422 acre Haven Hill Estate, Edsel Ford's chosen "weekend getaway." While Edsel gathered property for his country estate in the 1920s, Packard Motor Car Company and General Motors bought large . . . Map (db m99066) HM
80Michigan, Oakland County, White Lake charter Township, White Lake Township — Haven Hill Lodge — Finding a Retreat in the Countryside
It was an expression of new wealth and mobility created by the early automobile industry. Twenty years after his father founded Ford Motor Company in 1903, Edsel Ford began buying the hilly property that became his family's rural retreat . . . Map (db m99106) HM
81Michigan, Oakland County, White Lake charter Township, White Lake Township — Many Friends, Many Flags — The First Girl Scout Senior Roundup, 1956
They were discovering America, all over again. In the summer of 1956, over 5,000 Girl Scouts from around the coutry and around the world gathered at Highland Recreation Area for the first Girl Scout Senior Roundup. The aim was to give the . . . Map (db m159639) HM
82Michigan, Oakland County, White Lake charter Township, White Lake Township — The Haven Hill Getaway — Celebrities Come to Visit
They came from around the world. In the early 1920s, "weekend jaunts" in automobiles and on new roads brought day travelers to this countryside like never before, and also brought prominent people from around the world. The world of Edsel . . . Map (db m99075) HM
83Michigan, Oakland County, Wixom — Ford Wixom Assembly Plant — Big Decisions in Wixom — Reported missing
A city and industrial complex were born here at almost the same time. In the 1950s, Ford Motor Company chose the Wixom Road site for a new automobile assembly plant. It had unique advantages, including nearby railroad tracks to use for . . . Map (db m159756) HM
84Michigan, Oakland County, Wixom — Intersecting Lines — Put Wixom on the Map
Trains came from all directions, and made Wixom a hub of commerce. In 1871, Willard Clark Wixom founded the village on property at the intersection of planned railroad lines. One line (later named Pere Marquette, now CSX) was built through . . . Map (db m136763) HM
85Michigan, Oakland County, Wixom — Traces of History — Along Pontiac Trail
This road is a story with many chapters. On Pontiac Trail people have traveled on foot, on horseback and on wheels, tracing the story of Wixom and southeast Michigan. It was vital in prehistory as a Native American footpath, and in 1828 it . . . Map (db m136792) HM
86Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Facing the Fire — at the Michigan Firehouse Museum
Something had to be done. Constructed in 1898 and in service for over 75 years, this firehouse combined two separate volunteer fire companies into one centalized fire station. A paid department and a dedicated building represented a major . . . Map (db m98474) HM
87Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — Manufacturing History — at the Corner of Norris & Forest
Manufacturing here spanned most of the 20th Century, reflecting the changing economy in Ypsilanti and in America. In 1907 the Ypsilanti Hay Press Company first built a factory here by the Huron River and the railroad tracks to make . . . Map (db m98955) HM
88Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti — The Bomber Restaurant — Food, Fun, and Military History
You can get hungry building B-24 bombers. The Bomber Restaurant was first given its name in 1942 by Florence Bladwin [sic] Averill. The massive Ford B-24 bomber plant had just opened at nearby Willow Run Airport to supply aircraft . . . Map (db m98698) HM
89Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti, Depot Town — 220 N. Huron — A Home Becomes a Museum
This lovely building has been many homes. It was built in the Italianate style in 1860, as our nation's Civil War approached, for the family of bank president Asa Dow. It continued as a home for families until 1922. As apartments, it . . . Map (db m96994) HM
90Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti, Depot Town — Food and Drink — Haab's Carries on the Tradition
Along the road, a welcoming tradition. The road was once called the Sauk Trail, the Military Chicago Road, Congress Road, and, eventually, Michigan Avenue. For travel by foot, horse, stagecoach, truck, or automobile, it has endured as a . . . Map (db m98488) HM
91Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti, Depot Town — Hudsons & Friends — at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
The building has stories to tell It can tell about first being built as an electric plant before being converted to manufacturing in 1905. There are memories of 1916 when it became the first Dodge dealership outside Detroit, later becoming a . . . Map (db m94320) HM
92Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti, Depot Town — Michigan Avenue Industry — Ypsilanti's Automotive Manufacturing
The early automotive industry came to Ypsilanti just after World War I. In 1919, Apex Motor Corporation built a small factory on River Street just south of Michigan Avenue to manufacture various "Ace" vehicles. But by 1925 three . . . Map (db m98724) HM
93Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti, Depot Town — Power on the River — Ford's Ypsilanti Village Industry
Henry Ford wasn't the first to harness the flowing Huron River. In the 1880s, dams built along the river through Ypsilanti provided waterpower to mills processing paper, wool, lumber, and grain. In 1931, Ford bought property along the river . . . Map (db m98723) HM
94Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti, Depot Town — The Amazing Quarter Mile — Auto Dealers in Ypsilanti
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. . . . Map (db m98722) HM
95Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti, Depot Town — Ypsilanti — and the Tucker Phenomenon
It was America's "first completely new car in fifty years" and the vision in 1945 of Preston Tucker, who lived at 110 North Park Street in Ypsilanti. He was the general manager of his family's Ypsilanti Machine & Tool Company at 103 North . . . Map (db m98420) HM
96Michigan, Wayne County, Canton — A Ford Village Industry — in Cherry Hill Village
At Cherry Hill Village, Henry Ford did something different. In front of you, at the southwest corner of Cherry Hill and Ridge Roads, was one of his "village industries," small factory sites which produced Ford parts with special local . . . Map (db m99544) HM
97Michigan, Wayne County, Canton — Farming in Canton — The Sweet Corn Capitol of Michigan
Canton's loamy soil was a natural draw to the region's settlers. From 1825 to the 1960s farming was the main vocation in Canton. At first, self-sustaining farms provided the only food and income for a family. By the 1920s, automobiles, . . . Map (db m99847) HM
98Michigan, Wayne County, Canton, Cherry Hill Village — Cherry Hill Cemetery — Settlers, Soldiers, and Statesmen
Walking among the headstones of Canton's pioneer families, one cannot escape their contribution to American history. You see the Hustons, the Lewises, the Gills, and veterans from every war, beginning with the War of 1812 through modern . . . Map (db m99580) HM
99Michigan, Wayne County, Canton, Cherry Hill Village — Cherry Hill Inn — An Enduring Landmark
This beautiful Italianate-style Inn was built by Abner Hitchcock in 1866 on speculation that a railroad spur would come through Cherry Hill and travelers would need a place to stay. The railroad never came, and Hitchcock lost the building . . . Map (db m99509) HM
100Michigan, Wayne County, Canton, Cherry Hill Village — Cherry Hill Village — Community at the Crossroads
Cherry Hill Village originated in the 1830s at the crossroads of Cherry Hill and Ridge Roads. As the economic and social center for the area, local families came here to trade at the general store, to pick up mail, to get shoes for . . . Map (db m99621) HM

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