I was originally going to include in the previous post a few paragraphs about Studebaker, a maker of carriages and wagons founded in the 1850s that eventually made a successful transition to making automobiles (the company lasted more than a century, until 1966). Although I let one reference in the last paragraph stand, I ultimately decided to cut the Studebaker bits from the post. However, there was one thing I came across in my research that's just too cool not to show you:
From Google Maps
This is a satellite picture of a public park called Bendix Woods in New Carlisle, Indiana, near South Bend. (The top of the picture is oriented west.) Built in 1926, it has the distinction of being the first* dedicated automobile test track in the world built and maintained by a car company. One of the features of the track is a "sign" composed of 5,000 pine trees spelling out the name of the company, which can be seen to the upper right of the track; while the South Bend automaker still existed, this was known as one of the largest advertisements in the world. Here's an aerial view, date unknown. Evidently the "sign" was damaged by a severe storm in 2004, so both pictures probably predate that.
And a detail.
Apropos of nothing—I just thought this was interesting.
*An assertion which has been disputed in our comments, for which see.
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