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First Automobile in Humboldt County (Newell & McIntyre)

It was a Michigan! There were four different makes of automobiles with that name, the Michigan (1904), the Mighty Michigan (1911), and automobiles manufactured by the Michigan Automobile Company and the Michigan Motor Car Manufacturing Company. The origin of the word 'automobile' is credited to a 14th Century Italian painter and engineer named Martini. The word comes from the Greek word, "auto," (meaning self) and the Latin word, "mobils," (meaning moving). He never built an automobile, but he did draw plans for a man-powered carriage with four wheels. The word 'car' comes from the Celtic word "carrus," (meaning cart or wagon). Other early media references to motor vehicles included names such as: autobaine, autokenetic, autometon, automotor horse, buggyaut, diamote, horseless carriage. mocole, motor carriage, motorig, motor-vique, and the oleo locomotive.