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Jul 25, 2011 - Rouge assembly plant

We met up with Steve at noon and traveled back to Dearborn to tour the Ford assembly plant for the F150. Flo and Becca met us there for the tour. The Rouge plant is a showplace for some of the environmental technologies Ford is testing. One of these is a living roof which is covered with sedum. The highlight of the tour was the self guided tour of the assembly line on a catwalk above the workers. Ford has created a very enjoyable experience and even some of us GM people were impressed. Bill

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Steele summer 2011

Jul 24, 2011 - Henry Ford

We requested the GM guy to take us to Dearborn and the Ford Museum. This is a must see for anyone with an interest in history. The village is a first class array of buildings, streets and walkways. It is the best group of displays of its kind. The buildings are reconstructions based on events in Henry Fords life. Edison's Menlo Park complex with many of the original furnishings, Wrights bicycle shop, Early power plant equipment were the highlights. The Ford family had the desire and the money to gather these artifacts and they are displayed...

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Steele summer 2011

May 14, 2011 - Dearborn, Michigan

We had a long day driving on Thursday. Several cities along the way had not updated their roads in the national GPS system, so we ended up taking some wrong turns. But we finally made it to the Dearborn, MI campground and were pleased that it is nicer than we'd read it would be (there are a lot of cranky RV campround reviewers on the web). We're parked alongside a lake that is home to several pairs of swans. We went to the Ford Museum and Greenfield Village yesterday. The Village is a re-created city that Ford built to remind him of his...

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Jul 6, 2010 - The Henry Ford Factory & Museum

We spent today touring the Ford Factory and museum with the Jackson family. Of course we would have to be there the one week the production plant is closed during the summer! The factory was still very interesting, but I would have loved to see it in action! The Henry Ford museum was really fascinating though! We were in the museum for 5 hours and could easily have spent all day there and still not seen everything. It is 12 acres under one roof and has MUCH more than just automobiles. Sammy’s favorite was the miniature doll houses, Ryan’s...

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Jul 5, 2010 - Dearborn, Michigan

We spent a good portion of today traveling to Dearborn, Michigan. Once again, MapQuest said it should take 4.5 hours and it took us 6.5! I know we have a 42 foot box towing a Jeep going down the road, but Russell is still able to do the speed limit. We did have to detour off the interstate for quite a while to avoid a backup from an accident, so that ate up some of our time. When we pulled into the Detroit Greenfield RV Park, which is actually in Ypsilanti (and I have NO idea how to say that!), we were all ready to get out and run around...

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Oct 9, 2009 - Henry Ford Museum

We reached Ann Arbor,Michigan on October 8th to visit with cousin Dick and wife Sherry Gibson. No sooner hit ground, and off to show us Ann Arbor. Lovely College town and they have a new football stadium that holds over 100K people and it is filled EVERY home game. Can't say that for the pro teams! Impressive...... The next day, we hit the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. Well done, and as most of you know, Cathy and I have an RV, so their displays peaked our interest. Also photographed, was a restored Oscar Mayer Wiener Wagon. Had a friend...

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Sep 22, 2009 - The Henry Ford Museum, MI

We got up early Tuesday morning, went for a walk on the beach, and went to the playground before we hit the road for a short drive to the Henry Ford Museum. The museum was really a neat place! More than just cars, it also had exhibits on planes, agriculture, locomotives, and civil rights. It was very well done and had kid stuff sprinkled throughout so Case stayed interested. Of course, as he does on all of our outings, Reed slept in his pouch.

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Aug 3, 2009 - Dearborn Day 3

This morning we went back over to the Ford Rouge Factory and took a tour. The Rouge was launched in 1917. We were able to view the assembly line workers putting together the 2010 Ford F150 Truck. This is an amazing process cann't even believe how many trucks they make in one day. They all have a job that only take 1 minute to complete as the truck moves from one person to the other on the line till it is driven off the end. It really is a amazing process and shows what a smart man Ford was and how he changed the world. They would not let us...

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Summer 2009

Aug 3, 2009 - Dearborn, MI

Our last morning in Dearborn included a tour of "The Rouge". Back in the 1920's Henry Ford had already been successful in producing the Model T, affectionately known as the Tin Lizzy. He depended on suppliers for many parts on that car and many times production was held up because the parts weren't available. Ford envisioned a manufacturing facility that made all the parts needed for his automobiles. He built that factory on the Rouge River. It had a deep water channel from Lake Erie and ore ships docked right along side the factory. The...

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Aug 2, 2009 - The Henry Ford

Today we took in The Henry Ford, a museum that is almost right up there with Smithsonian. It is overwhelming in every way. Areas dedicated to flight, rail transportation, American furniture, farm machinery, telephones, autos, watches and watchmaking, silver and pewter, Rosa Parks, womens rights, and on and on and on. It's not exactly laid out in a user friendly floorplan. You keep thinking you missed something, and I'm sure we did. We had enough time in the afternoon to go to the Ford mansion Fair Lane. As we were driving in, we saw a...

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Aug 2, 2009 - Dearborn - Day 2

Day two in Dearborn was another busy day. We started out with the Ford Museum. There was so much in it took us about 3 hours to go though it. There was hugh farm equipment, trains, cars, airplanes, and the Oscar Mayer Car. They had a special part with Rock, guitars and cars that was my favorite part. After we finish the Museum, got a quick bit to eat and then headed over to Ford's Estate. We got there and it was closed to tours of the inside because it was Ford's Birthday. So we could only walk around the grounds which are hugh. The guys...

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Summer 2009

Aug 1, 2009 - Greenfield Village

Today we all went to the Greenfield Village. This is a very interesting museum if you will. The Village is all outside, comprised of original buildings that have been moved to the site, most date from the 1800's and early 1900's. Some are reproductions built on site. The really nice thing is there are docents everywhere telling you about life in that era. Many of the docents have the skills necessary to do the jobs at the different venues. There is a working farm, a railroad roundhouse with machine shop, a craftsworks area, a whole section...

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