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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

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Address: 461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number: +1 313-872-8759
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Description: Experience the Original Model T Factory Visiting the Piquette Avenue Ford...
Experience the Original Model T Factory Visiting the Piquette Avenue Ford Plant is a unique experience-it's the oldest auto plant open to the public anywhere in the world. Almost unchanged since Henry Ford's day, the plant is a three-story New England-style mill building. Each floor is divided into sections by the original metal fire doors, complete with the shadows of Henry Ford's "Positively NO Smoking" stencils. The old plank floors are worn from the 12,000 Model Ts built on them, so wear appropriate shoes for your visit. The plant is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a designated National Historic Landmark and a Michigan State Historic Site. Walk the worn wood floors and touch the brick walls where Henry Ford and his team of automotive pioneers developed the car that led to an automotive and social revolution. See Henry Ford's office as it was in 1908 when he was on the cusp of fame. And learn why it still matters today. See a selection of rare Detroit-built cars from the first decade of the 20th century and learn their fates.
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It is amazing that this building has survived considering all the decrepit buildings surrounding this one and all over Detroit. Even if you're not particularly interested in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Hyde Park, Vermont
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Hyde Park, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

It is amazing that this building has survived considering all the decrepit buildings surrounding this one and all over Detroit. Even if you're not particularly interested in the history of car manufacturing this is worthwhile as the model T that was produced here was a revolutionary a product at the time as the internet has been in the last 20... More 

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Roseville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place to visit. Our guide, Jerry, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. There is also a very well-done, informative movie at the beginning of the tour.

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Lorain, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

While planning my trip to Detroit to see the Motown museum and,the Henry Ford Museum, came across Piquette Avenue. Added this to the itinerary. So glad I did. Very cool site that highlights the beginning of Ford. Definitely worth a visit.

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WA state
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We took this tour on the recommendation of Kim at Show Me Detroit driving tours as a "must see." We were not disappointed. Tom was our guide, and he was super enthusiastic, friendly, and knowledgeable. I'm not even that into cars and found it fascinating. How can it not be...this is where Henry Ford started it all.

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

If you have an interest in automotive history, this is a must visit. This is the place where Henry Ford originally built the Model T. It is not the assembly line process he used later in Highland Park, but it explains how he started out. Great displays of the evolution of the Ford Motor Company, and the Model T. Parking... More 

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Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It's Detroit, we are all about cars. Go and go to any of the open assembly plants, GM's in Poletown, or the Ford Rouge plant. See our baby's being born, just in time ( JIT) .

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

went to the ford museum and asked detailed questions about the model T roots ? got a blank stare. went to the piquette ave plant and spent 2 1/2 hours seeing the reality ! of where it truly began. our tour guide Tom knew twice the History as those working across town. For those who want to see Henry Fords... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is an amazing experience. I took a bus tour from the DIA there. Everyone was so impressed. Beautiful, luxury, family and unusual cars are on view. Well informed and personable tour guides make this experience worth the trip

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Sacramento, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We arrived at about 9:40 a.m. which gave us a little time to look around before the 10:00 tour. Joe was a wonderful tour guide, and the one hour tour quickly turned into two hours. He is passionate about the subject of cars, particularly Fords, and the collection of historic vehicles was fascinating. It did not feel at all like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I had a Blast going to the past. Your guide Randy an engineer for Ford and a Model T Club member. He was very knowledgable and a pleasure to listen too! Even let me get Into a Modle T Car. Fun ! Fun! Fun! Nice Sunday afternoon tour.

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