The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan is recognized as one of the most significant automotive heritage sites in the world. Sunday, January 11, Everyman Driver went inside to see it first hand.The 1858 intersection of two railroad lines—Detroit & Milwaukee, and Chicago, and Detroit & Canada Grand Trunk Junction—had created a natural location for Detroit manufacturing, with easy access to national distribution by rail. Called Milwaukee Junction, it became the hub of Detroit’s emerging auto industry in the early 1900s. It was a natural choice for Ford Motor Company’s new plant in 1904.
Henry Ford’s neighbors included car manufacturers Anderson Electric, Brush, Cadillac, Hupp, Packard, and Regal. And new companies joined them. In fact Ford’s production manager, Walter Flanders, left in early 1908 to establish E-M-F (Everitt-Metzger-Flanders) in the next block. Automotive suppliers also located in the area—including Detroit’s carriage makers, who transitioned from carriages to making wood automobile bodies. As wood bodies gave way to steel, Milwaukee Junction became known for its stamping and metal fabricating capability.
Here’s a special report from Ford Futurist, Sheryl Connelly and Dean Weber, Manager of Ford’s North American Archives.
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