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Taylor, Cora V. (1884-1971)

Cora Taylor

Cora V. Taylor was the first woman in the United States to be issued a chauffeur's license.

With her husband, she founded Indian Trails in 1910 as a delivery service that specialized in moving passengers and freight from the local railroad depots to points around Shiawassee County. The Taylors soon expanded this service to Flint and their company became known as the Owosso-Flint Bus Line.

Cora Taylor ran the company during World War I and into the 1930s. It was officially incorporated as Indian Trails Bus Lines around 1935, about the same time that the Federal Highway Act brought bus operations under the control of the Interstate Commerce Commission. Today, Indian Trails operates some 54 coaches from facilities in Owosso, Kalamazoo and Metro Detroit.

Michigan Transportation Hall of Honor, 2006