The Kalamazoo Automobilist

David O. Lyon

Published by New Issues Press, Western Michigan University
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Synopsis: The year is 1891 and Kalamazoo inventor J. B. Rhodes is tinkering with his most impressive creation yet––an operable steam wagon that could be propelled down the streets of Kalamazoo, Michigan without the aid of horses. Steam-powered vehicles had traveled the roads in other towns as early as 1805, but Rhodes‚ wagon holds a special place in history as Kalamazoo's first "horseless carriage," marking the very beginning of a frenzy that some called "horseless-carriageitis." By the turn of the century, new vehicles began arriving in the city that could carry citizens about with the proclaimed "speed of Pegasus." Soon to follow would be the autos of the Blood brothers, the Fuller family, Frank Burtt, and the brothers-in-law, Frank Lay and Henry Lane. The initial success of these men was followed by despair of those that tried and failed in the business and the inevitable fraudulent schemes that spring up in any arena where the stakes are high and there is money to be made.

Car Histories Included: Barley, Blood, Cannon, Checker, Cornelian, Dort, Greyhound, Handley, Handley-Knight, Kalamazoo trucks, Kalamazoo-Rail, Lane trucks, Michigan, Pennant cab, Reed tractor, Roamer, States, and Wolverine.

The Kalamazoo Automobilist describes the town's role in this unfolding drama––from Michigan Buggy's rise and fall to the birth and subsequent death of the city‚s reputation as home of the beloved Checker taxi cab––demonstrating that at one time, Kalamazoo was a formidable contender as a hub of automotive power. This is the story of one hundred years in the history of a small Midwestern town, and the part it played in an invention that changed the world: the automobile.

About the Author: David Lyon retired from Western Michigan University in January 1999 after 35 years of service as faculty member, department chair, interim dean and director of collective bargaining. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in History from Hamilton College. He has always had a love of antique automobiles and spent many of his teenage years cajoling his father to allow him to purchase a Model T Ford, without much success. He is now able to better indulge his passion and has owned a variety of autos including a 1910 and 1912 Buick, and a 1909 Economy high-wheel buggy which he restored. He is active with the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club, the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Horseless Carriage Club of America, and others. David and his wife Jane reside in Lawton, Michigan.

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Title: The Kalamazoo Automobilist
Publisher: New Issues Press, Western Michigan University
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