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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Olds was President and E.F. Cooley V.P. of The Original Gas Engine Co - a return for Olds to a company like his first on…
Several companies had opened and closed their doors during the period of 1900 - 1920 while the auto industry was up and coming. Some companies…
One of a small handful of drive-ins left in the state transporting guests back to a simpler time of cruisin' and milkshakes. Roy W. Allen…
The Owosso Speedway is one of several half-mile oval tracks that celebrate Michigan's motor sports heritage. Located halfway between Flint and Lansing, the speedway hosts…
The Packard Motor Car Company sold the most luxury cars between 1925 and 1942 with the tombstone-shaped grill as their company's trademark. Packard is remembered…
On East Grand Boulevard on the east side of Detroit are the massive remains of the Packard Plant. Designed by architect Albert Khan and opening…
From 1928 to 1956, the Packard Motor Car Company tested and developed new vehicles at the Proving Grounds. Architect Albert Kahn designed the Lodge and…
After Packard answered the call during World War I to produce thousands of trucks and liberty aircraft engines, the World again turned to the company…
Before automobiles, a major industry in Milwaukee Junction was the production of railroad freight cars. In 1884, Peninsular Car Company built railcar manufacturing shops on…
Bought by Henry Ford in 1919 and then rebuilt by Albert Kahn by 1921, the Pheonix Mill opened for production the following year in 1922.…
Bought by Henry Ford in 1919 and then rebuilt by Albert Kahn by 1921, the Pheonix Mill opened for production the following year in 1922.…
Automobiles were gaining ground, and enthusiasts began looking for a place to gather. The Automobile Club of Detroit was established in 1902 for this very…
Roads like the Gratiot Turnpike were made with framed, durable planks before concrete paved streets first appeared. For 2 cents, you could take your carriage,…
This distinctive neighborhood was born in 1919 and 1920. In those years, Henry Ford built 156 homes for sale to his Dearborn Fordson Tractor Plant…
The Plymouth Historical Museum preserves community history including that of a little-known, early 20th century automobile company called Alter. The Alter Motor Car Co. produced…
One of Ford’s many village industries was built here thanks to the river that flowed through Ypsilanti. This was a big one, with over one…
The Ypsilanti-based automaker tried to capture the post-WWII auto market with his “car of tomorrow,” the Tucker 48. Legal troubles, however, put an early end…
Incorporated after the coming of the automobile, this plant at 701 May moved to the 700 block of East Saginaw to become one of the…