It was easier and more profitable to sell land scraped clean of obsolete and decrepit buildings.

We went to the township government officials to see if they could acquire the property in order to make it a local historic attraction.

At the end of the week, Ron wrote a comprehensive and glowing report on the PPG underscoring the historic importance of the whole site, not just the airplane hangar.

The PPG property had been transferred to the Land Development division of Ford, which gave me a sense of foreboding.

We drove the test track many times over the next few years, dodging protruding rebar to avoid flattening a tire.

This was to be the first in a long line of big and little disappointments during the early days of discovering the PPG.

He described the buildings to me, but when he got to the description of the lodge, I knew I had my mystery building.