- The building where the Hackett Auto Museum is planned to go. (IMAGE: J. Scott Park / MLive.com)


Former Jackson automobile factory to be redeveloped into Hackett Auto Museum.

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A 14,000-square-foot building in Jackson, in Michigan USA, that was built in 1910 have a long automotive history.

It all started around 1911, when the Standard Electric Automobile Company produced a closed, coupe-brougham model known as the Model M and another called the Runabout.

It’s been passed over from manufacturer to manufacturer, including the Lewis Spring and Axle Company, and Argo Motor Company. It was also owned by David Buick, founder of Buick Motor Company, at one point. It later became a Jackson Citizen Patriot storage warehouse.

The interior of the Hackett Automobile Company, circa 1916. (IMAGE: Library of Congress)

The interior of the Hackett Automobile Company, circa 1916. (IMAGE: Library of Congress)

Now, there’s plans to save the history as the former automobile factory will be redeveloped into Hackett Auto Museum.

The Museum already have 12 cars that will be showcased, including a Model A, Model T, a 1913 Cartercar, a 1948 Frazer Manhattan and a 1966 Mustang. There will also be an airplane - a Pietenpol.

The museum will definitely present the automotive history from the state of Michigan, as the 13 vehicles are Michigan made; from Detroit, Highland Park, Ypsilanti and Pontiac, but there’s not any vehicles manufactured in Jackson. The project leader, Ted O'Dell, wants to change that.

"I'm trying to put together a small collection of cars significant to Jackson, I want this to be the permanent home." O'Dell said to MLive.


O'Dell is seeking local, state and federal funding help for the construction project, which he hopes to begin in the first quarter of 2018.

He wants to turn the building back into more of it’s original state, and is planning on featuring old gas pumps, fire hydrants and signs. He already has an original city of Detroit light pole, which once stood in front of Henry Ford's original factory. All of this is hoped to add to the atmosphere of the building.

If everything goes to plan, the museum will open by summer 2019.

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