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September 15, 2009


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Steve Davis

Fascinating post. Goes to show we should all be taking note of these markers when we see them. Makes for great stories.

One of Olds' more famous early car lines was known at the "REO" which of course was taken from Ransom's initials. One rock group from the 1980's called themselves REO Speedwagon after one model of the car line. See told you there are lots of stories behind these things. Thanks for sharing this with us.



Steve-I saw the sign and had to stop! Tim's a history grad student (going back to finish his degree after a long lay off from school), and local history always fascinates me as well.
I wasn't sure if the sign's placement was more appropriate...or more ironic...but I could appreciate it on both levels.
Following up on interesting stories like this is one of the things that makes writing Midwest Guest so much fun for me :)
I remember REO Speedwagon and knew of the name's connection to Olds, too. It's something that was mentioned a lot around here in the Detroit area at the time because of the automotive connection.

Royal Feltner

Ransom E.Olds first automobile was the Oldsmobile in 1897 in Lansing, MI. In 1903, he left the company because of a dispute with the management and in 1904, started the REO Automobile Company also in Lansing. These were two different companies that produced fine automobiles. The first assembly line for the automobile industry was by Hume Cariage Company in Amesbury, MA. He had been using this method since 1858 and continued when he started making bodies for The Grout Automobile in 1896. Ransom Olds could rightfully be called the Father of the American Automobile Industry. These markers are a great reminders of history that should not be forgotten. Thanks for showing this one


Royal-Thanks for stopping by! I was fascinated to learn a bit more about Ransom E. Olds when I started researching this story--he really was quite the unsung automotive pioneer.
I'm always curious when I spot the historical markers along the road, and this one really caught my eye because of its location in the auto parts' store's lot. I had to turn back and check it out!
Interesting site you have about early automotive history, too.

Fog Light

Nice car.I love this.

Dominique King

Fog Light-I thought this was kind of a fun post, too. Thanks for stopping by!

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