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The History of "Ford City"

The History of "Ford City"

"Ford City" the birthplace of the automotive industry in Canada. In 1904, local entrepreneur Gordon McGregor, president of the Walkerville Wagon Works, formed a partnership with American automotive pioneer Henry Ford. McGregor’s commitment to assemble automobiles in a converted wagon factory gave rise to the Ford Motor Company of Canada. As the company grew, so did the fortunes of this community. Once a sleepy village known as Sandwich East Township, a largely French settlement, it was soon dubbed “Ford City.” (Aerial of Ford City, 1910) In 1913, Ford City was incorporated as a village and, three years later was recognized as...

Oct 10, 2017

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The Windsor-Detroit Ferry

The Windsor-Detroit Ferry

  For years, the only way to cross the river between the Border Cities and Detroit was by boat. In the 19th century, steamer ferries transported people, horse-drawn buggies laden with supplies from a bountiful Essex County, trains, and later cars and trucks between these international ports. From its docks, large luxury cruise ships transported vacationers to all points along the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, from Duluth to Quebec City.   The current intersection of Ouellette and Riverside was once known as Ferry Hill, a bustling hub of commerce. With the coming of the Great Western Railroad (later...

Oct 04, 2017

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The Great Bank Robbery of ’59

The Great Bank Robbery of ’59

Little do the patrons of a local nightclub realize they are dancing in a building that was once the site of a real-life cops-and- robbers drama. June 9, 1959 was an unforgettable day to anyone in or near the Bank of Montreal atChilver and Wyandotte in Olde Walkerville. Two men, Nicholas Hamilton (aliasMcCormick) of Vancouver and Kenneth Irwin of Toronto, wearing white jackets,hoods, and sunglasses, entered the bank that afternoon, armed and ready to gettheir black-gloved hands on some easy cash. Adele Pare, a local housewife, was making a withdrawal when one of the men thrusta gun into her back...

Sep 29, 2017

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