The original Smiths Creek Train Depot has quite a history with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The building was moved to Greenfield Village by Henry Ford in 1929. Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn MI 48024 Phone Number: (313) 982-6001 Website:: www.thehenryford.org/visit/greenfield-village/
The original location of the depot Address: 7082 Main Street, Smiths Creek, MI 48074(Approximate)
Thomas Edison, who was one of the most prolific inventors in history, started out in humble beginnings. He worked on the Port Huron to Detroit Grand Trunk Railroad route as a teenager selling newspapers and candy. He would go by the Smiths Creek location every day on that route until 1863 when he accidentally set the baggage car on fire performing experiments on the train.
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Edison told the story to Henry Ford and he found it amusing. In 1929 Ford bought the depot and moved it to Greenfield Village. In October of that year, ceremonies were held for the official opening of Greenfield Village and Edison's 50th Anniversary of inventing a practical incandescent lamp. The event was called "Light's Golden Jubilee" and Ford, Edison, President Herbert Hoover, and others arrived by train to the Smiths Creek Depot. Other dignitaries in attendance were John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Orville Wright, and Will Rogers...
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Thomas Edison was a mentor and friend to Henry Ford until his death. It was his influence that caused Henry to press forward in his pursuit to bring the automobile to the common man.
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Other depots that Edison visited on his route still exist. You can find out more about his life and work here.