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This is another view of the building from the previous post, the hydroelectric powerhouse on the Henry Ford's Fairlane Estate. As I said in that post this powerhouse provided all the electricity and heat for the sprawling 1300 acre estate, including the 32.000 square foot mansion. However, having this self-sufficient estate had consequences in 1947.

A massive storm rolled through the area on April 7, 1947 flooding the Rouge River on which the estate is situated. The water peaked at 10 feet above normal crest. This put the powerhouse out of commission as the turbines had been flooded. It also made Henry venture out to inspect his museum village down river and the massive Rouge River Factory for damage. His health had been spiraling and this taxed his system greatly.

That night he lay in his bed sick and dying being warmed by a fireplace and lit by candlelight. He requested his doctor but because of the lack of power his chauffeur had to be sent to the nearest working telephone a half mile away. By the time he got there and the doctor arrived Henry Ford had been dead for 20 minutes. So ironically Henry Ford, father of modern industrialism, was born by candlelight and died by candlelight, despite the technological world he had helped create.

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Additional Photos by Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2680 W: 165 N: 2694] (7290)
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