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Presenter : Megan McCormick

Rust Belt Part II: The American Rebirth

The Rustbelt – roaring engine of America’s industrial revolution.

The railroad, steel and oil industries all made their mark here, and, as we will discover in this second Globetrekker chapter, they made the motorcar the vision of the 20th century. Megan McCormick leaves rubber tyre capital of the world, Akron, and travels to Toledo where the invention of the jeep using seat-of-your-pants American ingenuity led the Allies to victory in the Second World War. She joins a group of volunteers in cleaning up a 19th century coal schooner moored on the Maumee river and drives up the banks of Lake Michigan to motor city Detroit. Detroit is the fabled home of the American car as personified by the ‘Big Three’: GM, Fisher and the Ford Motor Company. They ruled the world’s car industry for a large part of the 20th century until high wages and foreign competition in the 1970s drove the automobile makers out of the city.

Megan explores Piquette Avenue, the location where Packard built its luxury automobiles and Henry Ford devised his production assembly line. However, little remains any more although, as Megan discovers, some memories linger of an extraordinary age when Detroit was the beacon of American car manufacturing. Intrigued by Henry Ford, Megan visits his private mansion called the Fairlane Estate. Here she is given a tour by historic preservationist Annie Ruuel, who describes the luminary guests who Ford entertained, like the naturalist John Burroughs and the inventor Thomas Edison. Ford and Edison built a power room in the basement of the house so that the family could enjoy electrical lighting and the telephone regardless sof their countryside location.

But it’s the garage that really impresses the most, not only for its collection of gleaming motorcars but for housing the original Ford tractor that so transformed farming in the early 20th century.

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VISIT MILWAUKEE

VISIT DETROIT

DETROIT EXPERIENCE FACTORY

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE GREAT LAKES

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM

VISIT CLEVELAND

LAKE EXPRESS FERRY

CLEAR STORY

MARITIME ACADEMY, TOLEDO

TOLEDO LUCAS PORT AUTHORITY

GIGI MONTROSE

BIERMEN BAND

OLD GERMAN BEER HALL

MILL HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST

REBEL NELL

CASS COMMUNITY

FAIR LANE HOUSE

PABST MANSION

EAGLE EYE

BEDROCK DETROIT

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