2014 : Dodge Celebrates Centennial at Meadowbrook Hall

June 26, 2024 all-day

The Dodge Brothers Illustration from Hour Detroit

Meadow Brook Hall celebrates The Dodge Brothers Centennial with Dodge Days, an afternoon of lively activities including rides in vintage automobiles, lectures about the history of the Dodge Brothers, and a vintage Dodge car show featuring over 90 cars.

John F. and Horace E. Dodge, sons of a Nlles Michigan machinlst, moved to Detroit at the turn of the century, briefly produced transmissions for Ransom E. Olds, and beginning in 1903, became the major suppliers of drive trains to the Ford Motor Company. They built the first Dodge in November 1914 and the new car was an instant success. When the Dodge brothers died in 1920, they employed 22,000 workers and produced 140,000 automobiles per year. Dodge Brothers Company remained an independent firm until 1928, when it became a major division of the fledging Chrysler Corporation.

Dodge brothers in first automobile, 1914

Sources :

Meadow Brook Hall website.

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company History

For background information, see George Bulanda, “Brothers of Invention; The 100-year Dodge legacy will be celebrated with a tour — and a new museum at Meadow Brook”, Hour Detroit, June 2014.

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