Henry Ford works on historical preservation project. McGuffey readers are seen. Sketch of Ford family farm in Springwells, Michigan. View of homestead at the farm, that Ford restores. He examines the farm's steam engine. The historic Wayside Inn, in Sudbury, Massachusetts, which Ford purchased to construct a community of historic buildings. View of the restored Botsford Inn,Detroit, Michigan, that Ford bought in 1924.View of Eagle Tavern, in Clinton, Michigan,before,and,after its purchase and restoration by Henry Ford. Concerned about need for additional buildings to house artifacts, Henry Ford consulting with Detroit architect,Robert O. Derrick (with mustache) and two other men. Derrick's plan for the Henry Ford museum is unrolled. It borrows from Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and the old City Hall in Philadelphia.Views of the Clock Tower and museum, as completed in 1929. A pictorial map of the Edison Institute Museum and Historical Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Michigan. View of construction begun in 1927. Thomas A. Edison laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, that Ford acquired for Greenfield Village. On a windy September 17, 1928, Thomas A. Edison steps from a car, and pauses before entering the doorway of his restored laboratory, in Greenfield Village. Henry and Mrs.Ford step from their car to quickly join him in the building.Edsel Ford and his wife, also follow. Inside the building, Edison officially open the site by starting a steam engine in the laboratory. Ford and Edison converse (Ford speaking close to Edison's ear, because he is hard of hearing). Later, Edison, in a cornerstone ceremony, imbeds, a shovel contributed by Luther Burbank, and then writes in cement of the cornerstone.Newspapers show coverage of the formal dedication of the museum and Greenfield village, October 21, 1929. Workers rushing the Village toward completion for that event. The Smithcreek Railroad depot is moved to the Village. Workers preparing installation of the depot.
Ford Motor Company film about the Rouge River Plants in Dearborn Michigan. Aerial view of Detroit Michigan, showing major city buildings and waterfront, with ships tied up. steam locomotive pulls a long passenger train along track passing through industrial area. Sidewalk scene in front of a hotel in Detroit, Michigan, where tourists are boarding a tour bus to take them to the Ford Company plants. The bus drives along streets of Detroit. Scene shifts to tour buses arriving at the Ford Motor Company Administration Building. The tourists leave their buses and walk to entrance of the Building. Visitors are seen seated inside the building as a tour guide addresses them. They all leave and reboard their busses. Aerial views of the Rouge River plants are seen from a low flying airplane (not shown). Smoke rises from numerous factory stacks. Ships and barges load and unload raw materials and waste products. A Stout Airlines Ford Trimotor airplane flies past the camera plane.It displays the number 12 on its tail. Views of electrified rail yard with an electric locomotive pulling freight cars. A steam locomotive moving backwards on a different track.
View of snow-covered iron mine area. (Ford Motor Company owned iron mines in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.), Ore bucket moves up incline to top of tipple. View from top of tipple. Ore ship under way at the dock. Large Hulett cranes unload ore from hold of ship at Ford River Rouge Plant in Michigan. Blast furnaces at the plant. Slag pours into large ladle on railroad car. Ladle cars with slag move through plant. Ladle cars tipping and pouring slag outside plant. Steam shovel scoops cooled slag and load it into railroad gondola. Workers shovel in yard. Tractor and cart move through yard. View of cement plant. Workers stacking bags of cement on truck and flat bed trailers. Loaded truck and trailers move away from loading ramp.
View of large Ford freighter ships loaded with coal moving in water towards the harbor. Huge cranes unloading the ships and scooping out the coke loaded on the ships. Various huge machines visible in background and smoke rising near the cranes. Coke being dump on ground near the railroad tracks at Fordson plant in Dearborn,Michigan. Views of the coal, ore, and limestone bins at the sprawling Fordson complex of Ford's River Rouge facility.
A travel guide points out plant sights such as Steel Rolling Mill, Blooming Mill and Open Hearth Furnace at The Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Views from a moving bus of Pressed Steel, Spring and Upset Buildings and Glass Plant. View of foundry buildings and blast furnaces. Tourists get off of a bus at the main power plant. Tourists gathered at the door of power plant. Workers at huge switchboard.
View of coke ovens at the Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Huge pile of coal. View of plant and conveyor system between the buildings. View of top of blast furnaces, hopper for charging them. View from yard of walkway and conveyor system into building. Shows coke oven discharging and car of flaming coke moving under quencher. Steam and smoke rise from the smokestacks. Coke goes through sorter. Coke on the conveyor. View of covered overhead walkway. Liquid runs over coils. Fertilizers drop into barrow from chute. Crane move fertilizer piled in building. Workers fill sacks with fertilizer.