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Following is an Inter-Organization Letter from John E. Ryan to all P.O.P. personnel providing instructions on moving the Parade of Progress from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Lansing, Michigan on July 23, 1953.


1. Departure from Grand Rapids

(a) Your wardrobe trunk is to be set in the hall outside your room no later than 7:30 A.M. Wednesday July 22. It will be delivered to your room in the Olds Hotel, Lansing, Thursday July 23.

(b) Advance Party, as detailed by Operating Manager, will proceed to Lansing under the direction of Mr. Davenport and go directly to show location to commence setup.

(c) It is suggested that you double check with Hotel on return of valet and laundry to you before departure.

(d) Hotel bills are to be paid after 6:00 P.M., Wednesday July 22nd.

(e) Drivers assigned to passenger cars will be responsible for filling gas tanks and checking oil, grease, and water levels and tire pressure on the evening preceding departure. (Mr. Roddewig will also arrange for washing cars).

(f) All clothing not packed in your trunk is to be enclosed in your hand luggage. No clothes are to be hung in vehicles.

(g) The work uniform is to be worn for the trip. (Advance Party and main group.)

(h) The cafeteria in the Morton House and the Holly Grill, directly across Ionia Street from hotel are open at 7:00 A.M. You should allow a minimum of 45 minutes for breakfaster in either place.

(i) Supervisors will make plans to have all their men with luggage loading in passenger cars at the Grand Rapids Parking Garage for departure to John Ball Park no later than 7:45 A.M.

(j) Main convoy will depart from John Ball Park at 8:30 A.M. sharp.

(k) Route to Lansing:

    In Grand Rapids, leave John Ball Park, turn left into Valley Street.
    On Valley Street, turn right into Fulton Street
    On Fulton Street, turn right into Ionia Street
    On Ionia Street, turn left into Hall Street.
    On Hall Street, turn right into Division Street
    On Division Street, turn left into Belt Line Road (28th Street.) (marked bypass US-16).
    Continue on bypass US-16 for 8.6 miles, bear right into US-16 and follow all the way to Lansing.
    Lansing Parade Assembly Point on N. Grand River Avenue (US-16) at intersection of Hollywood Street.

2. Arrival in Lansing

(a) Arrival in Lansing at parade formation point is scheduled for 10:45 A.M.

(b) Civic officials, GM plant personal and dealers will ride in convertibles and Futurliners in parade through Business District.

(c) All vehicles will then be driven to Lansing Sexton High School Athletic Field, the show location.

(d) All trucks are to be locked on arrival and placement at location.

(d) Arrangements have been made for in-and-out parking of Parade passenger cars at the Wolverine Auto Park, S. Capitol Street, one block south of the Olds Hotel. Full service facilities are also available there. One check will be issued to each car and will serve as authorization for use of the car throughout our stay.

(f) When dismissed by supervisors, all Parade of Progress personnel will check into Olds Hotel.
    Lot to Hotel Route:
      From sow location, turn right on We. Michigan Avenue and follow to S. Walnut Street.
      Right on S. Walnut Street 3 blocks to W. Kalamazoo Street.
      Left on W. Kalamazoo one block to S. Capitol
      Left on S. Capitol Avenue to garage on left side of street (Hotel on right side of street -- one block north).

(g) Advance Man (O'Hearn) has arranged to register all personnel into rooms prior to arrival. Keys will be available in individual envelopes at registration desk.

Upon arrival at their destination the men sometimes used models of all the parade components, in conjunction with the dimensions of the field, to help them figure out the best layout.

If you have any additional information about the history or whereabouts of additional Futurliners, we would like to hear from you. Our objective is to capture as much of the history of these vehicles as possible.

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