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The Rouge Complex begins at the Dix Street Draw Bridge [tower at right] which admits giant Great Lakes freighters bearing coal and iron ore for the blast furnaces and coke ovens seen in the middle. Further on, iron is transformed to steel, then parts, then millions of cars.  

     Lying across the river whose name it bears, the mighty Ford Rouge Complex came to symbolize mid century American industrial might.  The Rouge was Ford's attempt to extrapolate the genius of his moving assembly lines, perfected at Highland Park Model T plant, into a gigantic multi-industrial organization that would provide all of the elements needed to produce his cars.


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