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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Detroit - The Ford Plant on Piquette Avenue

After leaving Grand Rapids, our next stop was Detroit.  We rolled into town at about 3:00 p.m. and arrived at the historic Ford Plant at 411 Piquette Avenue.  The plant is a well preserved shrine to Henry Ford and the Model T.  The Model T enthusiasts who maintain and operate the plant museum modestly claim, " (I)t may be the most significant auto-heritage site in the world."  Here's a link to the Wikipedia entry.
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The plant operated before assembly-line methods had been developed and is composed of a great many bays where individual cars were assembled. You can see quite a variety of models in various states of assembly although most are fully assembled vehicles.

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The "secret room" where the model T was developed is worth a trip into Detroit for any car enthusiast.
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At the end of the tour, we even found one Model T available for a comfort check.

The plant is located in a safe area - but don't stray too far from a direct route off Woodward Avenue.  It is only open on Wednesday through Sunday and closes at 4:00 p.m.

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