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The sad story of an abandoned American factory that was once the world's best

Love Exploring Logo By Hannah Ward-Glenton of Love Exploring | Slide 1 of 22: Packard was an American luxury automobile arm of Packard Motor Car Company, first founded in Detroit, Michigan. The very first Packard vehicle was produced in 1899, but manufacturing of the automobiles rumbled to a stop just 57 years later. Since then, Detroit’s Packard Plant has become a ruined marvel, abandoned despite extensive redevelopment and rejuvenation plans. Read on for the story of how it went from boom to bust.

Decrepit in Detroit

Packard was an American luxury automobile arm of Packard Motor Car Company, first founded in Detroit, Michigan. The very first Packard vehicle was produced in 1899, but manufacturing of the automobiles rumbled to a stop just 57 years later. Since then, Detroit’s Packard Plant has become a ruined marvel, abandoned despite extensive redevelopment and rejuvenation plans. Read on for the story of how it went from boom to bust.
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