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Where Dodge Was Born

Where Dodge Was Born

 

At the corner of Beaubien and Lafayette Streets in Detroit’s downtown entertainment district, there’s a handsome old brick structure known as the BoydellBuilding. It’s a bustling, happy place with several popular restaurants on the ground floor.

 

The Boydell Building was a busy place back in 1901, too, but for an entirely different reason. Back then, this was the center of Detroit’s industrial district, and the ground floor of this very same building was occupied by Dodge Brothers, Inc., one of the fastest-growing businesses in the city.

 

In around September…

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Where Dodge Was Born

From the Archives: First Dodge Vehicle Hits The Streets

In 1914, noted engine manufacturers John and Horace Dodge decided to distance themselves from their supplier roots and produce their own brand of automobile. On November 14, 1914, after eleven months of feverish preparation, the first Dodge Model 30 rolled off the assembly line at the Hamtramck, Michigan plant. Introduced as a more upscale version of the Ford Model T, the Dodge Model 30 quickly gained popularity for its full-steel body construction and sliding-gear transmission, features which were considered somewhat of a luxury at the time.

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From the Archives: First Dodge Vehicle Hits The Streets