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Hooniverse Weekend Edition: Chevrolet in Tarrytown, NY via Hemmings

Jim Brennan December 5, 2010 Nostalgia 5 Comments

Another weekend seems to be going by quickly, and I spotted this post written by Dan Strohl of Hemmings. This particular posting seems to coincide with the announcement by General Motors that they plan to have open houses at each of their 54 manufacturing facilities next year. Well, thanks to photojournalist Fritz Goro of Life magazine, we can now see the long closed Chevrolet Tarrytown New York facility in its heyday…

The history of the Tarrytown plant was one of interest to even the most casual automobile enthusiast. You see, Chevrolet made both cars and trucks at this plant from 1914 right up until 1996. The last Chevrolet was a Chevrolet Lumina APV Minivan, which was discontinued that year. The plant was torn down shortly afterwards, but its footprint remain visible. Read more of Dan’s article at Hemmings, and then go over to the entire collection of images over at LIFE-Google.

  • SeanKHotay

    I've never heard of Terrytown, NY…

    • UDman

      Tarrytown…. yea, its fixed.

  • Rocketsalad

    Hometown pride! Whenever I’m in town to visit the parents, I almost always make a stop at the former site of the plant, down by the muddy Hudson River.

    All that’s left is the guard booth a the gate, the foundation, and half of the overpass workers used to cross-over the Metro-North train tracks. Last time I was home, I found that some intrepid explorers had finally torn-open the doors to the overpass and I got in a took some pics. Also, right in the center of the main production line, there was an enormous crater down to the sublevels filled with rubble from elsewhere.

    Maybe now I’ll finally get them online and I’ll link them here.

  • dukeisduke

    When I first heard about the Life image archive going online a couple of years ago, of course the first search I made was on car pictures, and the Tarrytown pictures were some of the first pictures I looked through. Those engines no doubt came from the Tonawanda engine plant. What's amazing to me is how they coordinated stuff like engines, fenders, etc. coming together, in the age before computers. Simply wow. It's also interesting that they built cars and trucks (all the way up to 1-ton) at the same plant.

  • dukeisduke

    And if you go to Historic Aerials:

    You can look at old aerial photography (low-res) of the site in 1974, 1954, and 1953, when it was still running.