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Lincoln vs. Cadillac: 1909

Lincoln vs. Cadillac: 1909

Detroit circa 1909. "Alexander Macomb monument, Washington Boulevard Park." Adolph Weinman's statue of the War of 1812 hero, flanked by the Lincoln and Cadillac hotels. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Still competing

Old rivals in automobiles, both the Lincoln and Cadillac car companies were founded by the same man, Henry M. Leland.

Before the boom

This 1909 photo was taken before Detroit's big building boom. Over the next twenty years, virtually everything in the photo was replaced. In fact, there are only two things I can spot that are still the same today:

- Alexander Macomb and his cannons still watch over Washington Boulevard
- The hotel on the right is still named for Antoine Cadillac, although the building is different

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