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Highland Park Ford Plant 1913-1915

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Jive-Bomber
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  2. very cool photos!
     
  3. Malcolm
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    Cool photos, indeed.

    What's really ironic to me is the photo of the horse-drawn wagon hauling Model T bodies :)



    Malcolm
     
  4. titus
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    Awsome pics
     

  5. JeffreyJames
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    What an awesome post Jive Bomber!!! I love image number 6 where it looks like they were brush painting the cars.

    Then image number nine reminds me just how beautiful the machinery was even down to the casters on the floor with ornate designs.

    Image #3 is cool to see how simple engineering got the bodies on. I'd kill for a cart like the ones on the right in that image. Would be rad to have that and know it was part of a legendary Ford Plant.
     
  6. Doctor Detroit
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    Great pictures... I always love historical automotive photos like that.

    Here's a little additional trivia: The first paved mile of concrete road in America (not brick, cobblestone, or macadam) was on Woodward Avenue, near the Highland Park Plant, which was about 100 years ago.

    "The section of Woodward Avenue between Six Mile Road [McNichols] and Seven Mile Road was selected most likely because that is where the county's jurisdiction began, but also because Ford's new Model T plant down the road in Highland Park would be turning out a large number of new automobiles. Woodward also was a likely candidate because it was one of the major transportation spokes radiating out of downtown."

    Reference: http://www.co.wayne.mi.us/dps/dps_roads_history_firstmilehistory.htm
     
  7. grander
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    Love the photos Thanks
     
  8. jimmitchell70
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    I agree w/ Malcolm. Image #7 is my favorite due to it's irony.
    You still can't beat good, old-fashioned horsepower!
     
  9. Retro Jim
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    Some great photos of some of the best times in history ! Back when you had a job and actually worked for your pay check at the end of the week .
    Sad to see how things have changed and took a mans job away and let a damn machine do his job .
    It was really kool seeing how they put the car together . So simple but yet everyone could own one for the very small price they sold for .
    Thanks for the great memories !

    Retro Jim
     
  10. gregaustex
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    I read an excellent book last summer, "Ford - The Men and the Machine" by Robert Lacey on the history of Henry, Edsel and Henry II. It was a long, but excellent read. If this interests you, I highly recommend. It was published in 1986.
     
  11. That is some type of spray equipment. You can see the liquid splashing down off the back of the body. They must have hosed it on and just let it flow out.

    Cool post Jive Bomber!
     
  12. outlaw256
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    thanks for the pics. it was a time in which america was just really starting to stretch her wings.how far have we come! but now seems to be we are going backwards
     
  13. I live near the recently closed Highland Park Ford plant in Minneapolis. I'm thinking the city here was named after the Michigan plant? Very cool, and slightly sad all at the same time.
     
  14. ImForwardlook
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    Here's a photo with fantastic detail!

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/11210?size=_original

    When in Detroit be sure to take a look at this factory, it is a beautiful sight, even if they cut the end to make room for a mall...what is wrong with people?
     
  15. Pic
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    Thank you for sharing these. The quality of the photos is amazing considering how old they are. Are those fire sprinklers in the ceiling?
     
  16. Ive lived in the metro Detroit Area all my life, never more than an hour from downtown... The vast majority of the Highland park plant still stands, which is amazing, considering how pretty much the rest of Highland Park (which was once a fancy part of detroit) has crumbled and burned around it.... Over the winter, I met a guy who worked for Ford, INSIDE the Highland Park plant, where he stored his Torino I was looking at possibly buying... I'd say the absolute ONLY reason this place has not been stripped of every last piece is becuase Ford has 24/7 security there, and the D.E.A. rents a part of it as well.... What is more impressive, is that the first Large Model T plant, the Piquette plant, is still standing, and gives tours, May-october (I beleive)... its on my list for this summer, if it ever cools off a bit. For out of towners, another impresive plant to look up, is the Packard Plant, (which is mostly being demolished now :( also bulit by Albert Kahn, in 1903.... It was the first building built with poured concrete walls, a method Albert Kahn came up with.... I beleive it covered 30 Acres, and at its peak, it employed 30,000 people. It was like a small city, it had grocery stores, even schools for children of employees.... Unfortunately, it is in one of the NASTIEST neighborhoods in all of detroit, and has been ravaged by scrappers for nearly 60 years..... The City of Detroit started demolishing a part of it illegally about a decade or so ago, and it was all tied up in court until recently, when I heard through the grapevine that they hare strarted demolishing parts of it again.... Although it is kind of hard to find pics of it in its heyday, there are alot of pics people have taken in recent years, sneaking around.... But if you dare to go there, go armed (I am not bullshitting you about that) becuase there are wild dogs that will eat you, but more importantly, crackheads that will rob you for your camera equipment... It is just so sad to see what a once beautiful city has turned into..... There were so many neat places, and so much cool architecture downtown... All of the auto giants lived downtown in the 20's and 30's.... Since about 1968, it is pretty much uninhabitable..... Another neat "urban ruin", is Motor City Central (train) Station, built around I beleive 1910. It can be seen in Transformers, and other recent movies.... Pretty neat place, but sad to see what it once was vs what it is now....

    James
     
  17. Bruce Lancaster
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    Jive, have you read the 1924 edition of "Ford Industries", a big hardcover showing manufacturing procedures and organization at Ford?? Fascinating book, has at least a few pages on everything from woodwork to foundry to recycling...including recycling of people!
    There were a bunch of Ford industries over the years, but as far as I know that year is by far the biggest and most informative.
     
  18. Hack Attack
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    Photo of my car in front of the remaining parts of the factory. Pretty cool place, I live 6 or 8 miles from there.
     
  19. Jive-Bomber
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    Just try to find a guy without a hat in that picture!!!

    :eek:
     
  20. Malcolm
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    Recycling of people?? :confused:
     
  21. Bruce Lancaster
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    This was employment of the disabled, actually, not punching gaskets out of them... pretty interesting chapter with some politically incorrect vocabulary...like "defective people"
    Assignment of one-armed men to suitable jobs, TB patients to outside jobs (fresh air was considered the cure then), reading classes for gibbering furriners.
    Beyond people...anything containing carbon was recycled til utterly gone, any smokestack spewing black stuff was worked at until the last spec burned, broken shovel handles were cut into hammer handles then screwdriver handles then into distilled wood products and then fuel...nothing left until the last use and the last speck of heat was beaten out of it.
     
  22. Felix 40
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    Heres my old employee badge, H.P. was a fun place to work! Henry treated us great!
     

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  23. Big Mac
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    Cool stuff! I had this handed down to me. It stays on the front of my Bonneville Salt Flats hat....

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  24. Felix 40
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    That security badge is impressive! I've never seen one before.
     
  25. Big Mac
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    It's an old bugger. Heavy too. It has a little bit of old Henry's nazi look/feel to it, eh? lol...
     
  26. Felix 40
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    Who was it handed down from?
     
  27. Doctor Detroit
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    That's pretty damn funny. I went back and looked... Everybody has a hat! I can only find one guy not wearing a hat.... but he's holding one. He's against the fence.
     
  28. bubba67
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    Very nice thread. Does anyone have any current pics of whats left of the plant ?
     
  29. Kiwifruit
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    great Post! fascinating stuff.
     
  30. ClearSpot
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