This just about has to be the first photo (colorized postcard) of the Weston-Mott factory #1. What they called “First Steam” back then was supplied to this factory on August 8, 1906. At that time all the axles (front & rear) came from this one factory. The size of this building was 60,000 square feet of floor space. Only twenty men were working on that first day. It was demolished in 1946. This photo was taken from the corner of Industrial Avenue and Hamilton Avenue facing north-east.
This photo of Weston-Mott #1 (Buick #31) was taken from the W.F. Stewart body factory #4 across Hamilton Avenue. Notice the pristine pasture beyond the factory. It was said that back in 1900 this was one great place to hunt rabbits.
This scene is the same as shown below, only a couple of years earlier. Notice the water tower and (single) smoke stack. Also note that the office in the photo below has had an addition built on the west and east end.
I like this view ( Identical to the one below) which shows the gentleman selling lunches on the corner of Industrial & Hamilton. Most views I see show paper boys (as shown below). Some traditions always remain and they were still selling lunches outside the gates when they closed the factory.
This north facing view of Weston-Mott factory #1, #2 and #3 (Buick #31, #32, #33) shows great detail of Industrial Avenue. Notice that the main factory floor remained as a single floor, whereas the wings on the east and west walls were two floors.
A north-east view of Weston-Mott factory #4 (Buick #34). This factory was built in 1909 and ( partially) demolished in 1939. “First steam” in this plant was December 16, 1909. This plant made hubs and rims. The original cost of this factory was $20,000.
A north facing view of Weston-Mott #5 (Buick #35). This is the axle plant that Harry Bassett (Weston-Mott General Manager)requested to be built next to factory #4 in his letter dated July 31, 1909 to William “Bill” Little (Buick Manager). It just ended up a bit farther north. These factories back then could be up and running in as little as 3 months from the time you contacted the builder. “Not as much red tape as today”. At the time of this photo I believe it was still an axle plant but when this was published in “The Factory Behind The Car” Buick labeled it as to it’s then current use.
This is the Weston-Mott axle heat treat plant #7 (Buick #37) This factory was built in 1909 and demolished in 1936. This view is facing north-east. This factory was for front axles only as far as I know at this time.
|This map will help you with the locations of the various West-Mott factories in 1909.|
Inside factory #7 (Buick #37). For the complete story on these factories just read the article below. It is from “THE HORSELESS AGE” dated April 8, 1914. Just double click to enlarge any portion. Most of these photos are from the Buick Research Gallery in Flint, Michigan. The rest are from my collection. I could supply much more background information about these factories, but this site mostly deals with the workers and the buildings. I only supply the information that I feel is important to the researcher looking for “additional” or missing information on these buildings.
Links: Factory #35 And #94 Industrial Avenue Revisited. Hamilton & Industrial Avenue 1915.Industrial & Hamilton Avenue 1915. Weston-Mott At Industrial & Hamilton Industrial and Hamilton Avenue Early views of Buick & Weston-Mott. Weston-Mott Powerhouse #6 Weston-Mott Officers Industrial & Hamilton Avenue 1913 Weston-Mott Employees Factory #10 and #07 during construction. Plus Industrial and Hamilton Factory #34 Weston-Mott #4 Industrial and Hamilton AvenueWeston-Mott Demolition 1946 Weston-Mott 1923 Inside Weston-Mott Weston-Mott Company Hamilton Avenue #4-#08 And Weston-Mott Engineering & Experimental 1923