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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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.…
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…
Another whose career was cast in the shadows of R.E. Olds was Madison F. Bates. Also the son of an industrialist, Bates was, like Olds,…
As Flint was flooded with workers searching for opportunities, the housing industry had to address the shortage of housing. The Modern Housing Corporation was founded…
Dearborn has long been a transportation hub, first by water and land, later by rail, air and automobile. The Rouge and Detroit rivers provided water…
Blacksmith Clyde Craig worked in this building for 50 years, addressing the agricultural needs of Romeo. Clyde Craig was shoeing horses, crafting and repairing mental…
Meadow Brook Farms is the original Oakland County land and farmhouse that John Dodge bought in 1908 as an expression of his remarkable success as…
Meadow Brook Farms is the original Oakland County land and farmhouse that John Dodge bought in 1908 as an expression of his remarkable success as…
An iconic landmark of automotive royalty located in a picturesque area of Oakland County, Michigan, Meadow Brook Hall tells the story of Matilda Dodge Wilson…
The Michigan Central Railroad offered everyday travel to residents and vistors alike to Detroit and other areas. Unfortunately, the Central Railroad could not compete with…
Native Americans established the Sauk trail here for land travel between the Detroit River and Western Michigan. In 1825, it became a military route connecting…
This beautifully restored firehouse at the corner of Cross and Huron streets in Ypsilanti features a number of antique fire trucks and memorabilia. This unique…
The Michigan History Museum galleries feature rich automotive history which include the Highland Park Assembly line, a 1920s auto dealership, UAW Labor Hall, Arsenal of Democracy and…