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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Dearborn was an outpost on the western frontier. Because of expansion from Detroit and Indian disturbances to the west, in 1833 the federal government began…
East Downtown Dearborn is "the neighborhood the Rouge Plant built," and its fortunes have been tied to Ford Motor Company. Ford taxes generated much of…
It was a gift for his hometown. Henry Ford developed an 18-hole golf course at Outer Drive and Military Street that opened in 1925. With…
At 8505 Warren Avenue, west of Wyoming, is the enduring administration building of the large manufacturing center where Chrysler Corporation produced DeSoto automobiles. The plant…
Dearborn's South End has known many cultures across centuries, including Native American, French fur traders and British settlers in the 18th century, and later residents…
The Detroit Driving Club opened in 1894 when horses wer still prized for work and transportation. Horse racing was big-money entertainment at this mile-long oval…
Celebrate 300 years of history! Trace how Detroit workers moved from "Frontiers to Factories." Stroll through the "Streets of Old Detroit." Take an up close…
Did you know Edsel Ford personally paid the salaries of this museum's workers to keep its doors open during the Great Depression He also commissioned…
The Detroit Jockey Club opened its doors by 1896 as a luxurious horse track running thoroughbred races on a mile-long oval. George Hendrie was the…
The Detroit Public Library is home to the National Automotive History Collection: The world's largest automotive archive in the heart of the Motor City. Invaluable collections…
In 1900 various companies consolidated into the Detroit United Railway (DUR) Which grew to control streetcar systems  in Detroit and between the growing suburban cities.…
The Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts is a powerful interpretation of the area's auto and labor history completed using 27 fresco…
The "Wide Track" had been the most familiar identities among automobiles, describing the Pontiac line of cars with distinctive broad, low, bold designs. In the…
Oakland University was established in 1957 by Alfred and Matilda Dodge on the Meadow Brook Farms original property. Dodge Hall of Engineering was named after…
John Dodge moved into this home at 75 Boston Boulevard in Detroit in 1907. At that time, he and his brother Horace had grown wealthy as…
To meet explosive demand for their metal manufacturing, in 1910 John and Horace Dodge opened the massive Dodge Main factory in Hamtramck. Initially making Ford…
William (Billy) Durant and Josiah Dort were a remarkable partnership that transformered the small Flint Road Cart Company into the giant Durant-Dort Carriage Company. Their…
Automobile and truck manufacturing in Lansing did not stop with the early small companies and the giants of Oldsmobile and REO. In addition to all…
William C. Durant was one of Michigan's most important industrialists and the founder of the General Motors Corporation. In 1919 Durant purchased this three-acre city…
The Durant-Dort Carriage Company building along with the Durant-Dort Office Building, right across the street, serves as the historical epicenter of the General Motors empire.…