6/26/13 Wednesday at St Clair, MI (St Clair-TT)
When our morning duties were completed, we went to the St. Clair Post Office, but found no mail for us yet. Back at the campground we got together with Pauline and Allan (from England). We took off in Allan’s car for Detroit and the Henry Ford Museum by 10 am.
Tickets are $15/senior (62 and over), but Allan paid for all 4 because he wanted to give us the senior discount, thinking we didn’t qualify. That was so sweet of him. Plus they charge $5 for parking when you pay for your ticket to any of their attractions. This museum is huge – 12 acres in a single building. You’d have to be younger and a speed reader to feel you saw everything. I’ll try to stick to the major items:
DRIVING AMERICA section
I was hungry at this point, so we had lunch at the Michigan Cafe. Good food for pretty reasonable prices. We paid for everyone, but that still didn’t cover what Allan paid for tickets.
RAILROADS section (no photos for you). The 1941 Allegheny Locomotive, one of the largest steam locomotives ever built pulled coal for the Chesapeak & Ohio Railway.
HEROES OF THE SKY section
At this point we lost Allan and Pauline! After much searching, we asked for help at the ticket taker’s desk. Sorry, she said, they don’t have a paging system. Good luck. For the prior search I stayed stationed at the HEROES OF THE SKY exit while John ran all through there and the next section. This time John stayed at the entrance to the museum while I dashed about. Finally, I spotted Pauline. Whew!
WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL section
Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man in December 1955 on this very bus. The Montgomery City law was that the last 10 seats were for black people and the front ones were for white people. Usually about 75% of the riders were black, but this particular day many more whites boarded the bus than usual, so the placement shifted. After this incident the Montgomery African Americans did everything they could to not ride the buses.
This museum has many only one of items, such as The Chair that Lincoln was sitting on at the Ford Theater when he was assassinated. There is one turn of century (19th) car of which only 13 were built and they have the only one known to still exist.
YOUR PLACE IN TIME section
Dymaxion House – One of 2 prototypes designed by Buckminster Fuller (of geodesic dome fame). They were very energy and space efficient, but too different for most people to buy into. He sold 41, but that wasn’t enough capital for his investors, so none were built after the prototypes. Mr. Graham (an investor) ended up buying both (for $500 each-total steel) and living in this one for 20 years. He gave it to the Ford Museum which then took 2 years to renovate.
Allan and John in the kitchen.
At this point, it was closing in on 4:30 pm, so we took our long walk back to the parked car. We took I-94 for our way home, getting a bit slowed up, but not badly, in commuter traffic. Home after 5:30 pm. Pooped. Glad supper was our crock-pot recipe for sauerkraut. Still very hot and muggy. I really didn’t want to give those mosquitoes another meal by going for a walk, so we just stayed inside. I read and John meandered through his computer.