Mobility Midway

Even in 1891, when Henry Ford went to work as an engineer for Alexander Dow at Edison Illuminating Co. in Detroit, electric power was still new and exciting. Initially, Detroit Edison supplied electricity for about 1,000 homes and 5,000 streetlights. As in today’s dawning age of mobility, the young industry attracted bright talents. Ford was 28 years old and had studied accounting and mechanical drawing before he went to work maintaining a steam generator on the night shift, all the while dreaming of horseless carriages.

 

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