Cars and trucks bearing the all-American brand, Chevrolet, were built all across America.
Other brands have had a single flagship assembly factory. Think Ford Motor Co.'s Rouge plant; Buick City in Flint, Mich.; and Volkswagen's Wolfsburg.
Chevrolet, though, never had a single flagship plant. Instead, it claimed hometown loyalties across the United States and beyond.
Over the years, Chevrolet had factories assembling cars or trucks from Wisconsin to Louisiana. It had two assembly plants each in New Jersey, Texas and Georgia; and three in New York, Ohio, and Missouri. California and Michigan had four or more.
In all, 17 states -- or one out of every three of the lower 48 states -- hosted a Chevy assembly plant.
The first plant opened in July 1911 at 1145 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Just two years later, Chevrolet opened an assembly plant in New York City.
Establishing plants in various parts of the country made sense in the days before the interstate highway system and dedicated car carriers on railroads. Built-up cars then were shipped inside boxcars. Windshields and wooden bodies often were damaged in transit. So it was easier to ship major components by rail and then build the cars locally for regional markets.
In 1916, Chevrolet opened the auto industry's first West Coast assembly plant in Oakland, Calif. Production of the 490 began on Sept. 23, 1916. The plant remained in continuous service until the summer of 1963. Others weren't as long-lived: A factory in Fort Worth, Texas, operated only from 1917 to 1921.