Wayside Signs & the Historical Museum

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, Spring 2008,
Spring 2008
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Author: Bill Nickels

Our Historical Museum is one of six Ypsilanti sites about to receive a Wayside Sign from MotorCities. MotorCities is a National Heritage Area and an affiliate of the National Park Service dedicated to telling the automotive history of the metropolitan Detroit area. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and MotorCities are cosponsors of the Wayside Sign program that will eventually have signs throughout the area telling the automotive history of sites in southeastern Michigan.

All of the signs will have similar styles and will display the MotorCities and National Park Service logos. When 220 N. Huron was an apartment house, it housed war workers during World War II and now archives much of the automotive history of our area.

Ypsilanti will be the first community to have their signs installed later this spring. Our 2 × 3 Wayside Sign will be installed by Huron Sign Company on the walkway that leads to the museum porch. The project is funded by the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation, Ypsilanti Convention & Visitors Bureau, MotorCities, and MDOT.

The new MotorCities sign that will be placed alongside the sidewalk entrance to the Museum.