Workers Arriving and Departing by Bus at Willow Run Bomber Plant, 1942

Summary

Getting workers to and from Ford Motor Company's Willow Run bomber plant, 35 miles west of Detroit, was a significant challenge -- especially when wartime gas and tire rationing discouraged commuting by car. Buses offered a practical solution. Public bus lines operated 35 daily trips to the plant from Detroit, while private carriers operated another 130.

Getting workers to and from Ford Motor Company's Willow Run bomber plant, 35 miles west of Detroit, was a significant challenge -- especially when wartime gas and tire rationing discouraged commuting by car. Buses offered a practical solution. Public bus lines operated 35 daily trips to the plant from Detroit, while private carriers operated another 130.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

30 July 1942

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.76924.A

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 11 in

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