Today’s entry is for Paul, who recently asked for more information about the old Plant no. 1. Plant 1 stood at the n.e. corner of Tecumseh & McDougall. The site now occupied by a shopping plaza. Plant 1 was originally the plant of the Maxwell-Chalmers Motor Car Co. and was built c. 1920.
Maxwell – Chalmers became the Chrysler Corporation in 1925. The plant on Tecumseh Rd was expanded in 1927, and again in 1928. The plant eventually became a truck plant and was closed in 1978. By the time I came to Windsor it was a vacant lot. If you look along the Tecumseh Road frontage of the shopping plaza, you’ll notice that there are still the 1920’s era vintage street lamps in place.
From the WPL Digital Project “Some Assembly Required”. Photo c. 1920
Photo from the book “Pioneering The Auto Age” by Carl Morgan & Herb Colling. Photo c. 1950
A copy of the 1937 Fire Insurance Map.
This aerial photo above dates to 1961. The plant is kind of cut off, but is on this photo from DTE Energy.