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Monday, January 19, 2015

The Henry Ford, America's Greatest Attraction

"The Henry Ford, America's Greatest Attraction".  That's the actual official name of this museum in Dearborn, MI.  This museum was founded by automotive pioneer and notorious anti-semite Henry Ford, and was initially his personal collection.  While I may not be a fan of Henry Ford the person, there is no denying that Henry Ford the museum is an amazing collection.  Take a look at me and Anna's trip through this remarkable attraction in the video at the bottom of the page.

There is an amazing collection of vehicles including this sweet Weinermobile.....


Another star attraction is the car that Kennedy was assassinated in.....


If it looks a little different then you remember, its because they built a bulletproof top on it.  While its obvious why this was done, what is shocking is that they continued using this vehicle after Kennedy was murdered.  Apparently, the assassination of a US president wasn't enough reason to stop using a perfectly good car, that doubles as a piece of evidence is the greatest unsolved murder case of all time.  Someone hosed it down and they used it until Nixon. 

They have other presidential cars as well, including Eisenhower's.  


This is special for me, because in my collection of vintage 35 MM slides I actually found a picture of this car with Eisenhower in it....


Of course possibly the most amazing vehicle is the bus that Rosa Parks was arrested in.....


You can actually go inside and sit in her seat.  Impressive how such an amazing piece of the Civil Rights battle is in a museum named after a notorious racist.  Heck, the National Civil Rights museum has to use a replica of the bus.  That being said, the Henry Ford does have an expansive section dedicated to Civil Rights.


Other noteworthy items include a death mask of Nicola Tesla.....


And the last breath of Thomas Edison, saved in a test tube......


Oh yeah, and this museum easily has the best collection of Mold-A-Ramas I have ever seen......


Which me and Anna were thrilled to add to our collection.....




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