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Last tour planned for Rosie the Riveter’s plant

Rose Will Monroe played  'Rosie Riveter' nation's poster girl for women joining work force during World War II. |

Rose Will Monroe played "Rosie the Riveter," the nation's poster girl for women joining the work force during World War II. | AP Photo

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YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The public is being given one final opportunity to visit part of the historic Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter once worked.

Much of the former Willow Run bomber plant in Ypsilanti Township is to be torn down.

But a tour of the property is scheduled for Saturday. It’s being offered to those who pre-register for a free conference showcasing the plant’s history.

The Detroit Free Press reports the event is part of the nearby Yankee Air Museum’s campaign to preserve a 175,000-square-foot section of the 5 million-square-foot plant as its future home.

If the museum meets its fundraising goal by Nov. 1, it’ll win the right to acquire a section of the plant in a deal with the General Motors bankruptcy trust.

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