In 1984, Norma Ward met with the manager of Autoworld in Flint, hoping to pick up leads on fundraising sources for her project: restoring Durand Union Station.
“You’ll never get anywhere with that,” the man, whose name Ward no longer remembers, told her dismissively.
In an ironic twist, Autoworld — an $80-million tourist attraction — went bankrupt within months of opening and has long since been torn down.
Durand Union Station, by contrast, has received $2 million through donations, fundraisers and grants over the years and is still going strong to this day. Continued