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Monday, March 7, 2011

Ford Homes Historic District, Dearborn

The Ford Historic Home District contains some really beautiful homes. Although there are only six different styles (A-F) each looks unique.  We were surprised to learn that this development had nothing to do with cars but with equipment and tractors.  Henry Ford  started production of tractors in 1915 to help the American farmer.  He employed 400 men who had to rent homes in Detroit at the high rate of $75.00 per month and ride the crowded street car to get to work.   In 1919 construction of high quality homes began by Dearborn Realty and Construction Company whose major shareholders were Clara Ford and Edsel Ford.  250 homes were constructed in 1919 and 1920.  Pictured are a couple of models that originally sold for for about $9000 in 1919.  

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