Aerial View of Ford Rouge Plant, 1930

Summary

This photograph shows Ford Motor Company's River Rouge Complex in 1930. Completed in 1928 along the newly-dredged River Rouge, the Rouge Plant was the largest, most efficient manufacturing complex of its time. It quickly became an icon of modern industrial efficiency.

This photograph shows Ford Motor Company's River Rouge Complex in 1930. Completed in 1928 along the newly-dredged River Rouge, the Rouge Plant was the largest, most efficient manufacturing complex of its time. It quickly became an icon of modern industrial efficiency.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1930

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.833.55282.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: 8.5 in

Width: 10 in

Inscriptions

Typing on back of image reads: RIVER ROUGE PLANT MANUFACTURING CAPACITY:- 5000 Units. 16 Hours NUMBER OF MEN ON PAYROLL AT CAPACITY:- 81,000 TOTAL FLOOR SPACE:- 6,952,484 sq. ft. INVESTMENT (all values are before deduction for depreciation) Land and Land Improvements $ 23,853,020.68 Bldgs, Fixtures, and Structures $53,298,090.42 Tools, Machinery, and Equipment, and Equipment $191,843,480.97 Total $ 268,991,592.07.

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