MotorCities National Heritage Area



Viewed in the following order, sites largely chronicle the first half of Southwest Detroit’s auto century. The viewer can also use the Map to explore individual sites. The Community History and Labor Roots pages offer insights into other aspects of neighborhood history.


2 19th CENTRY INDSTRY FSManufacturers that laid the foundation for Southwest Detroit’s auto industry 


3 EARLY AUTO BOOM FSIntroductions to some of the neighborhood’s auto pioneers 


5 CLARK ST MI AVE COS FSThe railroad car manufacturer American Car & Foundry, the Cadillac Clark Street plant and Clark Street Technology Park firms


4 CLRK FRT ST FSThe former sites of C.H, Blomstrom Motor Co. / E-M-F / Studebaker and current operations of James Group International - Renaissance Global Logistics


6 LINCOLN FSHenry Leland’s plant that built Liberty World War I aircraft engines that later was acquired by Ford


7A GM FISHER BODY FLEETWOOD FSThe General Motor subsidiary that manufactured bodies for the Clark Street Cadillac Plant


7B GM TERNSTEDT FSThe parts manufacturer that supplied iconic hood ornaments and other parts for Cadillac and GM divisions


8 FORD FSAn overview of Henry Ford’s signature achievement  


10 WOODMERE TITLE FSThe gravesites of auto executive and autoworkers introduce the hardships of the Great Depression of the 1930s


Click here to access the Guide’s discussions of the BAKER STREET TROLLEY, GRAHAM PAIGE, MICHIGAN CENTRAL STATION, and other sites.

Look for profiles for the CLARK STREET TECHNOLOGY PARK firms and updates to the FORD ROUGE COMPLEX to be posted in the near future. The WOODMERE CEMETERY post introduces the Guide’s exploration of the emergence of the United Auto Workers’ union. The series of posts that chronicle labor history in Southwest Detroit are found on the LABOR ROOTS page.


Click here to view: 

Railway Cars, Bricks, and Salt: The Industrial History Of Southwest Detroit Before Auto, Professor Thomas Klug’s overview of Southwest Detroit’s 19th century industrial roots.

WE “AUTO” KNOW MORE for a list of the other sites we have begun to research and hope to develop in the future.