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SWD AHG Msthd 7.19.19



Consider reviewing the Early Industry page before looking at any other site. Then survey sites in this order of sites as you explore the Guide:

Clark St. / Michigan Ave. Companies

Clark / Fort Street Companies

Lincoln Motor Company

Fisher Body Fleetwood & Ternstedt Plants

Michigan Central Railroad Depot

Woodmere Cemetery

MNP (Formerly Federal Screw Works)


Review Baker Street Trolley, Graham Paige, Historic Fort Wayne and other pages at your leisure. Note that “Clark St. / Fort St. Companies” include discussions of James Group International - Renaissance Global Logistics and the former site of Blomstrom Motors & Studebaker. “Clark St. / Michigan Ave. Companies” includes: the former sites of American Car & Foundry and Cadillac Clark St. plant as well as firms that are part of the Clark Street Technology Park.


Look for profiles of the Ford Rouge and other sites to be posted in the months ahead.

Click here for an introduction to Southwest Detroit’s 19th century industrial roots 

Early Industry

Railway Cars, Bricks, and Salt: The Industrial History Of Southwest Detroit Before Auto by Dr. Thomas Klug


Click on any link to access a site of interest

Clark Street / Michigan Avenue Companies

Clark / Fort Street Companies

GM Fisher Body Fleetwood  

GM Ternstedt Plants

Historic Fort Wayne

Lincoln Motor Company

Michigan Central Station 

Former MNP site - 1938 site of Federal Screw Works

Woodmere Cemetery


Click here for a list of the other sites we have begun to research and hope to develop in a subsequent phase of work

We “Auto” Know More: Other Sites of Interest

  SWD AHG FTR LTRHD Stacked 7.18.19

Individual Members 2019

Glenn S. Anderson
Bruce Annett
Susan Avery
Paul Ayres
Larry Baber
Gail Bagale
Donald Baron
Robert Benko
Janet Bernath
Steve Bieda
Patrick Bisson
Charles Blackman
Terry Boyce
Wilbur Burkett
Robert Burtch
Mark & Anne Campbell
David Cartwright
Christopher Causley
Robert Causley
William Chapin
Raymond Christie
John Clor
Thomas Coles
Harvey Curley
Jim Curran
Chuck Dalton
Michael & Nancy Darga
Robert Degenhart
Jaqueline Dick
James Dimond
James Dixon
Russell Dore Jr.
Paul Draus
Kenneth & Helen Ehrenhofer
Gerald Elmy
David Elsila
Sandra Engle
Gayle & Reynolds Farley
Thomas Farris
Lila Fedokovitz
Nancy Finegood
Patrick Fitzgerald
Mitchell Fleischer
Frederick Flock
Gerard Franchina
Henrietta & Roger Fridholm
Jim & Jan Fry
John Gilbert
Peter Glendinning
Donald Graham
Ronald Grantz
Gerald Grzesik
Gary Gudes
Gerald Haller
Patricia Hallman
Craig Handley
Jack Harned
Roger Hayman
Mark Heppner
Frederick Hoffman
Sandra Horton
Al Houtman
Ronald Hutchins
Wayne Johnson
Tom M. Johnson, M.D.
Harold Jones
SGM Frank Jones
David Kalen
David Kalinowski
Bob Kellum
Larry Kelsch
Kevin Kirbitz
Gerald Klein
Jean Knowles
Richard Kollins
Henry Kosciuszko, III
Gregory Kowalski
Richard & Barbara Krueger
David Langdon
Lori Lanspeary
Sandra Lapadot
William Lapeer
William Lawson
Matthew Lee
Robert Lees
Keith Leigh-Monstevens
Patricia Lembas
Wade Leonard
Frederick Levantrosser
Barry Levy
Christine Lezotte
Jacquelyn & Terry Lindsey
Roger & Joan Luksik
Anthony Maria
David Marold
M. Peter Martin
Marvin Martin
Michael Mazor
Lynne McClenaghan
Janine McFadden
Thomas McIntyre
Gregory Miller
Ronald Mischo
Ann & Stephen Misterovich
Margaret Mouzon
Thomas Mudd
Kathleen Mullins
Thomas Mullins
Peter Murdoch
Julie and John Neilson
Bruce Nelson
Paul Neuburger
Joseph Neussendorfer
William Nikels
David & Joyce Novak
Michael O'Callaghan
Ramona Oliverio
Thomas Page
Rebecca Pettengill
Herbert G. Pfabe, Jr.
James Pita
Shawn Pomaville-Size
Arthur Pope
Kenneth Poynter
Allen Pruehs
Stephen Purdy
Lynn Raade
Donald Rash
Richard Ray
Charles Reavis
Thomas Remington
John Revitte
James Ridge
William Romanski
Dan & Samantha Ross
Richard Russell
Carl Rychlik
Harriet and Alvin Saperstein
Majorie Sawruk
Frank Scheidt
Sharon Scott
Jack Seavitt
Glenn Shagena
Albert Sheets
Randy Shelton
Charles Sinche
Michael Skinner
Robert Sovis
Gary Stroze
Sandra Studebaker
John Summerville
Gillian Talwar
Geoffrey Taylor
Dr. Doris Taylor Ph.D.
Dave Thomas
Mark Thomas
Nancy Thompson
Robyn Tonkin
John Tucker
Richard Tweddle
Norman Twork
Roger Tyyska
Douglas Wallace
Charles Watson
Mark & Lori Weber
Ed Weichsler
Robert Weidendorf
Jay Wetzel
Geneva Wiskemann
Nelson Zuchetto

Organizational Members 2019

ASBE Foundation
Automotive Hall of Fame
Back to the Bricks Inc.
Bomber Restaurant
City of Ferndale
The Cooperation Group
Corktown Experience
Cruis'News Magazine
Dearborn Historical Museum
Detroit Auto Dealers Association
Detroit Blues Society
Don Nicholson Enterprises, LLC
Eastpointe Gratiot Cruise Inc.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Friends of Highland Rec Area (FOHRA)
Friends of Historic Fort Wayne
Friends of Nankin Mills
Friends of Rouge Park
Grigg Graphic Services
The Helppie Family Charitable Foundation
The Henry Ford
Henry Ford Heritage Association
Historical Society of Michigan
Julian Samora Research Institute
Kettering University
Lambda Car Club International-Detroit Region
Meadow Brook Hall
Michigan Firehouse MuseumMichigan Military Technical and Historical Society
Motor City Rockets
Oh These Irish Hills
Packard Motor Car Foundation
Partnership for the Arts & Humanities
The Pierce-Arrow Museum
Preservation Detroit
Project Arts & Ideas
R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
Red Ink Flint
Saline Area Historical Society
Six Rivers Land Conservancy
Special Collections and University Archives Kettering University
Stahls Automotive Foundation
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Washtenaw County CVB
Wayne Historical Society
Whaley Historic House Museum
Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum

New MotorCities Automotive Themed Tours Now Available!

MotorCities is partnering with seven Detroit-area tour operators to offer public tours related to the automotive or labor heritage of Michigan.  The partnerships are intended to serve as a pilot program that can be expanded in future years both in metro Detroit and in other communities around the 16-county National Heritage Area. 

Tour experiences available vary from riding in a vintage Ford Model A to pedaling a bicycle or even kayaking in the Detroit River – all while visiting key automotive historical sites and learning the story of how the region put the world on wheels.

We are proud to offer the following experiences:

Antique Touring Company
ntique Touring Company - Tinkerers to Titans in the Auto Age Tour
Antique Touring photo RESIZED 450Hop in a Ford Model A and explore the "coming of age" story of the automobile during the first decades of the 20th Century from the vantage point of Detroit’s Woodward Corridor. Tours are offered every day, except Tuesdays, May 1 through October 31. Additional information can be found on their website:

City Tour Detroit
City Tour Detroit - MotorCities Car Culture Tour   
 walking/Detroit People Mover/QLine tour showcases Detroit’s automotive heritage in the Downtown and Midtown areas. The four- hour tour begins in Hart Plaza and will stop by many significant sites in the city. These tours will be offered on a seasonal basis once a week mid-June through September.

Detroit Experience Factory
etroit Experience Factory - MotorCities Auto Heritage New Center Walking Tour 
On this walking tour, guests will experience the past, present and future of the Detroit area, going back in time with a visit into the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and speak with some of the innovators who now call these neighborhoods home. The tours are offered monthly May through September. For more information, please visit

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Magical Michigan Tours - Henry Ford: From Farm to Factory Tour 
This bus tour connects visitors to actual historic sites that reveal Henry Ford’s life from his farming roots to becoming an industrial magnate. Guests will visit locations important to his story and gain a personal view of his life and impact on society in the 20th century. The tour is available year-round.

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Preservation Detroit - MotorCities Downtown Auto History Tour  
The two-hour walking tour, offered the second Sunday of each month May through September, will explore the early automotive history right in downtown Detroit, from the site of Henry Ford’s shed, where he built his famous Quadricycle, to the Dodge Brothers’ Greektown bicycle building roots. The MotorCities Auto History tour is also available as a private tour to groups from five to 50 guests. 

Normally, the tour will be a 2.5 hour walking experience, however it can also be conducted via the People Mover if requested by private groups.

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Riverside Kayak Connection - MotorCities Detroit Historical Canal Tour  
Riverside Kayak Connection photoExplorers are going to kayak through Detroit’s Eastside. Highlights of this tour include the Fisher Mansion, stories of prohibition and the Purple Gang, the friendly residents of Detroit’s “Little Venice” and a view of the Motor City’s downtown. Tours are two hours long and are available seasonally on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday availabilities and more information can be found on their website:

Wheelhouse Detroit

Wheelhouse Detroit - Auto Heritage Bicycle Tour 
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n this 15-mile tour, guests will discover how Detroit became the center of industry. The tour takes in the Globe Building, Dequindre Cut, Packard Plant, the GM Detroit-Hamtramck (Poletown) Assembly Plant, Milwaukee Junction, New Center (old GM Headquarters and Fisher Building), and TechTown, where we will learn how industry is evolving with advanced technology. Tour dates are available seasonally one day each month. For more information please visit