|Flint Axle Works viewed from the Flint Varnish Works facing northeast. This is the intersection of St John & Hamilton. Looking across the Flint river you can see the east side of Flint is a clean slate as was most of Flint after the logging era. The Flint Axle Works was created in 1900 as a subsidiary of the Durant-Dort Carriage Company known as department #5. By manufacturing axles needed for the carriage production, the company secured its sources of materials and parts. The company changed names from the Flint Axle Works to Walker-Weiss Axle Co in September 1912 and finally to the Flint Motor Axle Company in 1914. Flint Axle Works was the first industry to locate in the Oak Park development and reached a wartime payroll of 600 workers in 1918. After World War I, motor plants started creating their own foundries, forges and stamping plants which forced the Flint Motor Axle company to cease operations in 1924. In 1933 Buick Motor Company bought this property, razed the old buildings and it became a parking lot. Steve Weiss contacted me and stated that “My grandfather, Fred J. Weiss originally went to Flint, MI in 1900 to establish the Flint Axle Works and later bought it from Dort-Durant and later still sold the property to GM.”.