Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Tucker House

One of the things that I love about doing this blog is learning about some of the histories of this area. A few years ago, there was a movie called "Tucker" and it was about a man and his quest to start an automobile company. For a period of time, that man lived in Ypsilanti.
Preston Tucker was born near Capac, Michigan. He grew up in Lincoln Park and was a police officer there for a while. Then he worked for Ford for a bit. Eventually, he became a car salesman.
In 1937, he moved to Ypsilanti and founded the Ypsilanti Machine Shop in a barn behind this house. Sadly, the barn is no longer there. From there he founded an avation company but that never really took off. But what inspired the movie was his car. His car would have been revoluationary but the company ended in shambles. He died in 1956 of lung cancer.

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