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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Starting in 1820, this mill ground food grains for a centurty with the power of the Rouge River. By 1920, Henry Ford had his eye…
This country estate was built in 1927 by William E. Scripps. He was the heir to the Detroit News fortune and an early aviator, inventor,…
Like many wealthy families in the early 20th century, the Scripps family - founders of media giant, The Detroit News - also experimented in the…
In the 1950s, Ford Motor Company chose the Wixom Road site for a new automobile assembly plant. In 1957, Wixom offically became a city with…
The "Woldumar" mansion was built in 1930 by auto legend R. E. Olds for his daughter Gladys Olds Anderson. In 1966, Anderson donated 120 acres…
As World War II was underway, there was a lack of male workers in the industry due to being sent off to war. The massive…
While the auto workers were on strike, the women did not stay in the shadows. Genora Johnson, a 23-year old wife of a strike leader…
In the 1800's Flint had built its economy on the thriving lumber mills to supply the growing nation and the demand for wood. Once the…
Before the automobile industry began its rise, Romeo was known for building carriage frames, axles and bodies out of wood. As the automobile replaced carriage…
Woodlawn Cemetery is the final resting place for members of the Ford and Dodge families.
Established in 1867, this cemetery hold several early automotive pioneers who built Detroit and the automotive industry from scratch. Henry Leland and David Buick, both…
Built along the Native American Saginaw Trail, Woodward Avenue in the 1800s was the most important pathway of growth between Detroit and the inland settlement…
Roadside culture still flourishes and culminates with the spectacular Woodward Dream Cruise. The route is a straight path but the stories that you can find…
Wyoming Avenue has a vivid industrial history. Brick-making flourished in the 1800s as companies like Clippert, Haggerty, and Mercier took advantage of the area's rich…
The federal goverment called on Ford's producer, Charles Sorenson, to produce the B-24 "Liberator" bombers before the U.S. even entered World War II. Willow Run…
Experience the story of Michigan's famed Arsenal of Democracy by visiting the Yankee Air Museum in Van Buren Township. The Yankee highlights the story of…
Located in the community that bears the namesake of its celebrated university, the Ye Ole Carriage Shop is a must-see for auto and history enthusiasts.…
Visit the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum to experience a fully restored Hudson Dealership resembling how it appeared in its heyday. The museum's featured automotive stories…
Visit our Museum and Archives to learn about the history of people and places in and around the City of Ypsilanti.
Automobile companies couldn’t survive here, but auto parts manufactures had more luck. Ford parts factories, particularly for convertibles, operated in Ypsilanti for decades until moving…
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