Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
on the Chicago Road
The Chicago Road was the way to go west from Detroit.
After the Erie Canal in New York state opened in 1825, great numbers of Americans searched for their future to the west across the Great Lakes. Many of them traveled on the Chicago Road, or Michigan Avenue. Dearborn's history includes many inns and taverns that offered rest and refreshment along this difficult journey.
In 1833, Michigan Avenue became the center of things
In that year, the federal government built the Detroit Arsenal at Dearbornville, a military frontier outpost on land along this route, a few blocks to the east of where you stand. Here the business community began to grow with Michigan Avenue as the main street for early Dearborn.
You Auto Know
The Mustang sports car was born in the early 1960s in meetings Lee Iacocca held with designers at the Fairlane Inn, located at Michigan Avenue and Brady Street.
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
Location. 42° 18.354′ N, 83° 14.775′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker Click for map. The marker is at the Bryant Branch of the Dearborn Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22100 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn MI 48124, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bryant Branch Library (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Arsenal 1833 - 1875 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Arsenal Officers' - Surgeons' Quarters and Barracks 1833 - 1875 (about 600 feet away); Commandant's Quarters (about 600 feet away); Michigan Soldiers Trained at U.S. Arsenal During Civil War (about 700 feet away); A Military Reserve (about 700 feet away); U.S. Arsenal-Sutler's Shop (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rhythm of Radio (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dearborn.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 139 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page was last revised on August 12, 2016.