The first Model T rolled off the assembly line on May 4, 1925. The plant’s opening generated tremendous excitement within the business community, whose leaders expected it to generate a big boost for the local economy. Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

First Model T rolls off TCAP assembly line on May 4; at 840,000 sq ft, it’s the largest Ford plant outside of Detroit. 500,000+ visitors tour plant and grounds


Construction of the hydroelectric plant was well underway in this 1923 photo. The plant began generating electricity in 1924. Courtesy Brian McMahon

Federal Power Commission awards Ford permit for hydropower at High Dam (over objections of Minneapolis); Henry Ford, Edsel Ford and other officials tour St. Paul site; construction begins on Twin Cities Assembly Plant (TCAP); GM introduces annual model changes