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FWD Seagrave Museum

FWD Seagrave Museum

The FWD Foundation began with the original Machine Shop where mechanics Otto Zachow and William Besserdich invented and patented the first successful four-wheel drive concept automobile.

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The Automobile Gallery

The Automobile Gallery

The Automobile Gallery collection spans nearly a century of automobile history. Visitors can admire a 1963 Corvette or go “Back to the Future” and have their photo taken sitting in a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12.

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Throttlestop

Throttlestop

The Throttlestop Museum shares their passion by showcasing their rotating collection of 200 historic motorcycles, 75 showroom cars, and robust engines.

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Dahl Auto Museum

Dahl Auto Museum

At the Dahl Auto Museum, you can immerse yourself in the rich history of the most widely used mode of transportation, the automobile.

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WISCONSIN

Wisconsin is a midwestern U.S. state with coastlines on 2 Great Lakes (Michigan and Superior) and an interior of forests and farms. Milwaukee, the largest city, is known for the Milwaukee Public Museum, with its numerous re-created international villages, and the Harley-Davidson Museum, displaying classic motorcycles. Several beer companies are based in Milwaukee, and many offer brewery tours.

AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY

Although Detroit is known today as the birthplace of the automobile industry in the United States, Wisconsin, and specifically the Milwaukee area, made many contributions to the early years of the auto industry. Since 1900, more than eighty different makes of automobiles have been manufactured in Wisconsin. In 1873, the first steam-powered, self-propelled vehicle in the United States was designed and operated by Reverend Dr. J.W. Carhart of Racine of Wisconsin.

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