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Old October 6th, 2013, 05:27 AM   #1
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Dearborn, Michigan: Tour of the Henry Ford (and a bit of Detroit)

Dearborn, Michigan: Tour of the Henry Ford

Hey guys!

I didn't post this earlier because I wasn't sure if it would be worthy of its own thread on Skyscrapercity, so I decided to post it a year after!

I visited Detroit in September 2012, stayed overnight at the historic Westin Book-Cadillac hotel downtown, attended a couple of Tigers games (one that was rained out unfortunately) and took time to take a short cab ride to nearby Dearborn, Michigan and visit the Henry Ford, which includes the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, and the historic River Rouge Ford factory.

If you are ever in Detroit/Dearborn, please take time to visit this amazing historical attraction, they don't call it America's greatest for nothing!

Started off downtown at the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel, waiting for my cab ride...
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Washington Blvd. in downtown Detroit
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Book Tower
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Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, taken from the cab ride on I-94.
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Henry Ford Museum Edison Institute building, modelled after Philadelphia's famous Independence Hall
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Ford Research Center
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Entrance to Greenfield Village
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An authentic Thomas Edison steam engine coming in to take us on a tour!
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Riding along...
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Old school bus stop sign...
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Henry Ford farm house... he lived here until his teenage years when he came to Detroit. Then it was located in a different part of Dearborn...
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Inside the Henry Ford farm house...
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Back yard of the property...
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Ford's first car factory… it was quite small back then, don't you think?
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Videos inside showing how one of Ford's Model Ts were made in this factory...
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Wright Brothers bicycle shop, once located in Ohio...
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Wright Brothers family home, was located in Dayton, Ohio, until carefully moved here.
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Inside the Wright Brothers family home
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H.J. Heinz Factory, once located in Pennsylvania
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Sir John Bennett Jewelry Store
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Thomas Alva Edison Statue
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Thomas Edison's work estate, Menlo Park
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Edison's workshop
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Inside...
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Some of Edison's many laboratories...
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Edison Library and Archives
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One of Edison's many laboratories...
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Edison's glass house (where he made his early light bulbs)
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Sally Jordan house, was the first house in the world to ever be wired for electricity
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Ackley Covered Bridge, originally built in Pennsylvania, relocated here.
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Edison Homestead, served as the home of Thomas Edison's father, Samuel. Built in 1815, originally located in Vienna, Ontario, until it was moved here. It was his childhood home.
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Noah Webster house, founder of the famous Webster Dictionary
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Inside his library, probably where he got all the material for his books...
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Stephen Foster home, he was known as the "Father of American Music". I knew his song, "My Old Kentucky Home" is played at the Kentucky Derby.
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Cabin of George Washington Carver, best known as the inventor of peanut butter, as well an innovator in agriculture.
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Schoolhouse where Henry Ford once went to school...
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Edison Steam Plant
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Detroit, Toledo, and Milwaukee railroad roundhouse
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Water Tower
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Glass shop...
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Watching a demonstration on glass making...
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Pottery Shop...
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Armington and Sims Machine Shop
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Back to the Henry Ford Museum...
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Inside the Henry Ford, charming... it does remind me of Independence Hall, which, btw, I visited in 2009 when in Philly.
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Down the Hall, the museum on the inside is spectacular.
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Teddy Roosevelt Presidential Vehicle...
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Kennedy Presidential vehicle… the infamous car he was assassinated in while in Dallas.
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First plane replica of the Wright Brothers
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The famous Oscar Mayer Weenie-mobile...
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The famous bus that Rosa Parks was in when she started the Montgomery Bus boycott...
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Inside the bus...
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I think I actually sat in the exact seat the late Rosa Parks was in when she refused to give it up...
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More inside the hall...
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River Rouge Factory Entrance
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The complex was designed by Detroit architect Albert Kahn and is a U.S. National Landmark
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I couldn't take picture inside the factory and assembly line itself, but I did go up to the Observation Deck...
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The green roofs...
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Most of the complex is seen from this view...
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A great view of downtown Detroit
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Interstate 94
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After finishing up at the complex, it was back downtown to Comerica Park for the Tigers game! The Minnesota Twins were in town!
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Miguel Cabrera warming up...
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Prince Fielder
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Doug Fister working on a shutout with the Tigers leading 8-0!
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Fister gets the job done, pitching all 9 innings and getting the shutout!
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Another sold-out crowd of 40,000+ at Comerica Park saluting the Tigers!
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There's the score to prove it!
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Hope you all enjoyed my photo tour of the Henry Ford in Dearborn and Detroit!
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Old October 6th, 2013, 06:53 AM   #2
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Really enjoyed the thread! I really like all the muesum picks, and the pics of Comerica Park with the Detroit skyline are great.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 03:25 AM   #3
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What a treat it must have been to revisit all that history. I know what we're doing next time we're visiting Detroit. Thanks for the tour!
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