General Motors' roots can be traced to Durant-Dort Carriage Co., a long-shuttered 133-year-old factory in Flint, Mich., and the office building across the street. They were headquarters for GM founder Billy Durant's efforts to expand from the horse-drawn carriage business to automobile production.
Now GM has acquired the buildings and plans to turn the site into a showcase for the company's history.
From his desk at Durant-Dort, Billy Durant plotted a dynasty. He used the millions he made in the carriage business to acquire the troubled Buick Motor Co., the first in a string of automakers that would eventually make up GM.
GM North America President Mark Reuss called the location "the birthplace of GM."
"Inside of the Durant-Dort [office building] is Billy Durant's desk and his spittoon and all the records from carriage sales and financing. It's all handwritten stuff," Reuss said. "We want to take the office and make it a little museum for people to get through, but the factory is big enough where we could actually have a really nice collection of Buicks and GMC and hold dealer events there."