MotorCities National Heritage Area
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Welcome to MotorCities National Heritage Area (MotorCities), where you can Experience Everything Automotive! We invite you to join us as we take a drive down memory lane, gaze into the future and share with you an amazing automotive journey.

Pull out a calendar, road map and pen, and let the fun begin! We invite you to browse the many wonderful automotive museums, homes and gardens, tours and sporting events located in MotorCities and plot your path through the heart of the American automotive industry. If you need help, we're ready to jump in! Whether your visit lasts a few hours or a few days, you are guaranteed an exciting variety of places to see and things to do.

With over 100 sites and experiences waiting to be explored, go ahead and choose your category of interest - and get ready to Experience Everything Automotive!

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This is a private property but there is a parking area where the towers can be seen and photographed. Once upon a time, there was…
At the intersection of Conner and Jefferson in Detroit is the 3,000,000 square foot FCA Jefferson North Assembly Plant. This factory has been running virtually…
Two vehicles that contributed the most to our success in World War II were designed and built by GMC Truck & Coach in Pontiac. The…
As a founder of the Durant- Dort Carriage Company and later a president of Dort Motor Car Company, Josiah Dallas Dort was heavily involved with…
Move out the cows and move in the cars- an interesting beginning to this track's history in 1949! Today, Super Late models, Limited Late models,…
A hands-on museum geared toward children and families, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum also preserves local history and the region's automotive past within its special collections.…
On McGraw Avenue, just east of Livernois, are the remains of the Kelsey-Hayes plant that built brakes for Ford Motor Company. At this site, in…
Now a part of Kettering University, this 30-year-old Industrial History Collection began with the acquisition of William C. Durant's Collection. The noncirculating library has photographic…
No stop in the entire Detroit United Railway (DUR) trolley system was more popular than the Orchard Lake stop located here. People who came here…
In June of 1937, Lansing's United Auto Workers Local 182 decided to follow Flint's example with a sit down strike for workers rights. In support…
This town was a major staple for the people living in the area as it had a mill, a brewery, and several shops located by…
This rural schoolhouse provided children in the area to "learn by doing" from 1937 to 1946. This schoolhouse was a part of Ford's Edison Institue…
In 1919, the School of Automotive Trades was founded and in 1926, General Motors Institute acquired the school as it became an important training organization…
In 1922, Henry Ford purchased the company for $8,000,000, turning the Lincoln into Ford Motor Company's luxury brand. Leland retained his management post after the…
Automotive pioneer Henry Leland formed Lincoln Motor Company in 1917 and built this plant at Livernois and Warren Avenues. The plant first built “Liberty” aircraft…
The automobile may lie in the heart of Detroit, but industry as a whole exploded in the Great Lakes area in the early 20th century.…
While the auto industry was creating fabulous wealth in the early 20th Century, its thousands of workers were left behind with twelve-hour workdays and poor…
Louis Chevrolet grew up in Switzerland and France where he raced and repaired bicycles before finding a facination with automobiles made in America in 1900.…
This site at 4000 St. Jean is both historic and modern. After 1920, Briggs Manufacturing Company built car bodies here for Ford, Plymouth and other…
Once things became motorized, Pontiac grew into a sparking engine of ideas and "self-propelled" machines. By the 1920s, companies producing cars and trucks had gone…