Saturday, March 04, 2017
Today I have some nice vintage photos of Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. Please see this post from 2015 for some info about this amazing place that I want to visit someday!
Greenfield Village was arranged very much like a small town (or, er, village) with streets and avenues. There was a chapel, and historic houses, an old steam train, a Netherlands-style windmill, and lots more.
Take a look at this vintage souvenir map to get a better idea of what it was like in the old days!
I don't know if this sleepy road had a name (the maps don't help, or I should say they don't help me), but it appears to be an approximation of a "typical" American street. I am guessing that it was here that you might have found Luther Burbank's birthplace, the McGuffey birthplace (as in William McGuffey, author of the famous "McGuffey Readers"), and the Mattox family home (Amos and Grace Mattox were descendants of slaves, and they lived in this home during the Great Depression).
This photo shows the "Clock Tower" - a replica of Philadelphia's Independence Hall - which was built in 1929. The man in charge of building the replica wanted to correct some architectural errors that are present in Independence Hall, but Henry Ford insisted that it be built as an exact duplicate, errors and all. So "...the columns. that protrude from the brick are out of line by a few inches and the windows are off center and not at the same height".
I wonder if Walter Knott insisted on preserving these same errors when his replica of Independence Hall was built?
Henry Ford was a great admirer of Thomas Edison, and had worked for the inventor at the Edison Illuminating Company's "Station A" in Detroit in 1896. While this is a replica of that building, it has been reduced in scale and includes features from other Edison facilities. Hey, I can live with it!
I'll have more from Greenfield Village in a future post.