Crescent Carriage Co. - 1900-1920 - Pontiac, Michigan


   

Crescent Carriage Co. was established by S.E. Beach and J.S. Stockwell. Crescent exemplified the evolution from wagon to carriage by occupying the former site of Taylor Wagon Works to conduct operations. Edward Murphy, an associate of Beach and founder of Pontiac Buggy Co., was a partner in this company as well. In 1907, four of the early Oakland, two-cylinder vehicles engineered by Alan Brush were hand-built on the premises.

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Pontiac had been producing carriages on a small scale for several years when, in 1886, Charles Vliet Taylor convinced local citizens to raise/contribute money to build a new carriage factory that could produce carriages for wholesale distribution. Taylor's carriage business took off. Taylor carriages were sold across the U.S. and by 1900, the company was producing 8,000 vehicles per year. Charles V. Taylor's entrepreneurial success was instrumental in influencing others to explore the business of carriage production. Carriage production in turn, was a predecessor to the booming automotive industry. Taylor went on to sell his company to Edward Murphy, S.E. Beach and J.S. Stockwell; the site was re-established as Crescent Vehicle Company.

 

   

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