Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Reservations Available for "In the Steps of Henry Ford"

Henry Ford  - Library of Congress photo
Preservation Detroit and the Woodward Avenue Action Association have teamed up to present a bus tour of the Motor City that will give visitors a new perspective on the life of famed industrialist Henry Ford. It will be available on three different dates this summer. Visitors will experience landmarks in Midtown Detroit, such as the Ford Piquette Plant (461 Piquette St.) and the church he attended regularly later in life, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul (4800 Woodward Ave.).

As with many of the tours that Preservation Detroit and the Woodward Avenue Action Association present, this tour will happen via a comfortable charter bus. Tour guides will be present on the bus itself and at each of the stops.

The first of these three tours will happen this Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. The tour will start at the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex, which is also known as the Piquette Plant or the T-Plex. A map and directions to the site are available here.

The two additional tours will happen on Tuesday, July 30 and Saturday, September 7. Both tours will start at 10 a.m. from the Piquette Plant in Detroit. The tour on Tuesday, July 30 will honor what would have been Henry Ford's 150th birthday.

While this tour will not visit the Warrendale neighborhood, I believe it will still be fun and information for anyone visiting Detroit. After this tour, I would encourage everyone to see Henry Ford's grave, which is indeed in Warrendale.

The odd juxtaposition of Henry Ford's grave being across the street from the Obama Gas Station, by the way, is lost on very few people.

Tickets for the "In the Steps of Henry Ford" are only $50 and available from Preservation Detroit's website here. For more information about this tour, please call (313) 731-2361.

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