In fact, only after its founding and after Cadillac moved existing French fur interests there, did orchards, farms and dairies grow to sustain the city—not the other way around. Holli, a history professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, had an idea about this. Detroit started its exporting life with fur, later moving to cars and culture.
The White Stripes sell American cars in ads worldwide. Kid Rock lives in California now, but grew up in Romeo, Michigan , a Detroit suburb built on the remains of an Ojibwa village. He sold the Lincoln-Mercury lines for decades before selling off his lots in Edsel Ford created Mercury as a marquee brand for Ford in Mercury lasted roughly the same amount of time as the ideal biblical lifespan—just a hair over three score and ten. Ford officially ended the Mercury line after 73 years so that the company could focus on its Lincoln line.
The last Mercury ever made, a Grand Marquis, came off an assembly line on January 4, The factory that made this car, the St. While the company has plants all over the world, they still build thousands of cars in Detroit every year. The River Rouge plant, located downriver from the city proper in Dearborn, will celebrate the th anniversary of its groundbreaking in Today, Ford employees still work there, mainly building Ford F pickup trucks.
Many Ford plants line Automation Alley, the chain of Detroit service towns that line I from Toledo to Monroe, and I still see French names on streets, towns and highway exits when I drive through this area. When I drive on Gratiot, a main artery, my GPS pronounces it "Gratt-eye-ott," though my car, which came from a GM factory, was likely built by people who know how to say the street's name.
On Gratiot, I often think about fur, and leather and tanning. You soak the pelts in a solution of canning salt, water and battery acid, weighting them with a brick or heavy stone to keep them submerged. Early methods called for human urine, animal dung and animal brains. Little children roamed the streets collecting pigeon or dog feces. Tanners soaked skins in vats of dung-water, kneading the sopping hides with their bare feet for three hours or more at a time. Skin has tremendous resilience.
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The proteins in hides endure after an animal dies, even after solutions of chemicals or acid-rich urine unravel most of them and penetrate the tissue. Tanning dries the hide, removing proteins and residual fats, and transforming the once-living skin into fabric. The process takes days. Today's methods subtract urine, feces, and bare feet from the equation; modern tanneries rely on salt and sulfuric acid. Reading about fur hats brought taxidermy to mind.
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Taxidermy relies on some of the same preparation as tanning, but requires far more effort and skill. Victorians liked to pose whole collections of mounted creatures in human poses , the dead animals arranged in tableaux of happy human action. Beautifully illustrated world maps in muted blues and yellows hang on the wall behind them. He also made a full wedding party of kittens, mostly tiny orange-and-white tabbies, all in period costume. I try not to think about how he came into possession of dozens of dead kittens. The kittens look young and permanently startled. Because I have a round face, and because fat tends to stave off wrinkles, people mistake me for a much younger person.
Functionally, I think of myself as I wonder if I should lie about my age, or simply let people think what they like. I shrugged.
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