Post By Brentallica
Post By River Rat
Aug 26, 2012, 08:32 PM
Found a lost Hotel key in my back yard
Hello all - Friday night I was swinging in the back yard and found this old key. Found many pieces of skeleton keys, however, this is my first intact!
Brief History of the Hotel which closed in 1973 and is now housing to 93 apartments and caters to parties, etc
The Durant Hotel served as Flint’s premier hotel for over 50 years. From 1920 to 1973, it provided luxury accommodations fit for the various dignitaries, celebrities, and business leaders visiting General Motors from around the world. Moreover, it served the City of Flint as a grand venue for all manner of weddings, conventions, and other celebrations over the course of its life. Perhaps the building’s most enduring trait is the name itself. Hotel Durant was named in honor of the founder of General Motors, William C. Durant., after he stepped down as president of the company for the last time. W.C. Durant was a charismatic leader whose passion and ambition allowed him to build successful businesses from the ground up. He started his first business purchasing a patent on a two wheel carriage in 1885. It didn’t take long for his carriage business to grow, and by the end of the 19th century he was a millionaire. However, with the days of the horse drawn carriage numbered, Durant would soon find himself in a new business: That of selling automobiles.
As a major manufacturer of both carriages and gasoline engines, Southeastern Michigan would quickly become the center of the automobile world, and Flint, being the home of W.C. Durant, would become the epicenter of that world. Countless inventors and mechanics in the area attempted to build their own versions of the horseless carriage, introduced to the U.S. in 1895. W.C. Durant, a leader in the carriage business, would soon be drawn into a partnership with a company started by one of these inventors, David Buick. Under Durant’s leadership, the Buick brand took off to become one of the most successful in the U.S. Its manufacturing facility in Flint was the largest in the world at that time, and it provided jobs to countless individuals in the area.
Aug 26, 2012, 08:46 PM
I really like that key...will look good in a shadow box along with postcard. Congrats on your find!
Aug 27, 2012, 04:21 AM
Very cool find
Aug 27, 2012, 04:40 PM
Mike from MI
Pretty neat relic and the info that goes with it. Congrats!
"There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure"
Aug 27, 2012, 04:59 PM
That is a cool find, when you can get some history from a find it's a good one, Congrats and thanks for sharing....
Aug 27, 2012, 08:43 PM
Very unique and historical find there Brent and a very nice touch w/ the historical info, I remember passing this many times in my youth as my father worked and everybody's father either worked for GM or Buick and thanks for the memories.
Aug 29, 2012, 07:05 PM
killer find man! congrats on a first, and a sweet bit of local history too! awesome!....love the shadow box idea too! Lookin forward to seeing what else that yard holds!
Aug 29, 2012, 07:55 PM
I am from Flint and remember the stories about the Durant Hotel. Not many people realize the General Motors started in Flint rather than Detroit. If I recall, the old Durant carriage building is still downtown also. Thanks for sharing such a neat part in history.
Aug 29, 2012, 08:02 PM
Now that is just plain and simple hardcore history....WAY COOL.....
Aug 29, 2012, 08:10 PM
Wow-compare that to the plastic cards they give you for hotel rooms nowadays.....really cool find!
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Sep 06, 2012, 06:12 PM
Very cool relic Brent. Thanks for sharing the history on it with us.
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