Statesville Avenue: Rich with history

Statesville Avenue which runs right in front of Brightwalk, is rich with history for Charlotte. It was home to a Ford Motor Company plant built in the 1920s.  The plant produced the venerable Model T’s and operated until the Depression.  Henry Ford himself took a role in the design of the plants and named the streets for friends – Vanderbilt, Kohler and Edison.  During World War II, the site became home to the Charlotte Quartermaster Corps Depot. Nike Missiles were produced at the plant in the 1950s and 1960s, and Douglas Aircraft made the plant the sole production facility for the Nike Hercules Missile.   The early 1960s saw work for other military agencies and NASA before the plant finally closed in 1967.

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