Charles B. King may have been the first on Detroit streets with a gasoline powered motor carriage, but as early as the 1880s Detroit’s mechanics, machinists, engineers and amateur tinkers were all feverishly working on some version of a steam, electric or gasoline powered contraption.
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By Bryce Hoffman / The Detroit News Saturday, May 26, 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Overpass, the infamous encounter between leaders of a young United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Co. security men on a footbridge over Miller Road outside the company’s River Rouge complex. It would prove a defining … Continue Reading →
By Joel Kurth / The Detroit News The Rouge Factory Tour opened Monday with a bang. Literally. Clare Fisher’s ears may still be ringing. Bangs, booms, strobe lights, mist and other special effects wowed 825 visitors who sold out the factory’s first day of tours since 1980. The MTV approach to heavy industry had Detroit … Continue Reading →
As the world was becoming engulfed in war in 1940, The Ford Motor Co. pitched in and helped establish the United States Naval Service Training School at the Rouge plant in Dearborn. By the time the school closed in May of 1946 it had trained more than 22,000 young sailors to repair engines, both diesel … Continue Reading →