This is where it all started with the Ford Motor Company of Canada in 1904.  Canada’s automotive industry began at the corner of Sandwich Street East (now Riverside Drive East) and Drouillard Road. The Walkerville Wagon Works owned by Gordon McGregor and a group of investors, working with Henry Ford in Detroit, founded the Ford Motor Company of Canada in 1904. This photograph was taken in January 1970 of the former automotive plant just before the structure was to be demolished. Automobile production was moved from Windsor in 1953 to a new facility in Oakville,  west of Toronto. Today the land is used as storage space for aggregate materials for the Port of Windsor. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit the library’s digital exhibits page “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at

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