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Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Making Moves

Transportation in Dearborn

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 10, 2016
1. Making Moves: Transportation in Dearborn Marker
Inscription.  
Dearborn has long been a transportation hub,
first by water and land, later by rail, air and automobile. The Rouge and Detroit rivers provided water transport to the Great Lakes. Major overland routes included the Sauk Trail (later the Chicago Road and now Michigan Avenue), followed in the 1830s by the Michigan Central Railroad.

Auto and truck traffic on Michigan Avenue,
Telegraph Road and I-94 has connected Dearborn with destinations in all directions. Air transportation first arrived in 1925 at Henry Ford's Dearborn Airport and thrives today at nearby Detroit Metro Airport.

You Auto Know
The United States government spent $250,00 in 1825 to plan and build the Chicago Road, from Detroit through Dearborn to Fort Dearborn (Chicago).
 
Erected by Motorcities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles
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By Joel Seewald, August 10, 2016
2. Making Moves: Transportation in Dearborn Marker — upper left image
The steamship Argo supplied the federal arsenal in Dearborn by travel up the Rouge River to Michigan Avenue. Image courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 42° 18.502′ N, 83° 14.19′ W. Marker was in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker was on Michigan Avenue (U.S. 12) half a mile west of Evergreen Road, on the right when traveling west. This marker is at the south trailhead of Rouge Gateway Trail. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Dearborn MI 48124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Richard Gardner House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Carver Lab (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Arsenal 1839-1875 Powder Magazine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Millpond (approx. 0.3 miles away); Compost Then and Now (approx. 0.4 miles away); U. S. Arsenal - - - Armory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hanks Silk Mill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Harnessing Nature's Energy (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dearborn.
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 10, 2016
3. Making Moves: Transportation in Dearborn Marker — lower left image
Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, 1925. Michigan Avenue (U. S. 12), or "the Old Chicago Road," provides an uninterrupted route for travel from the center of Detroit to Chicago. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, August 10, 2016
4. Making Moves: Transportation in Dearborn Marker — top center image
The Ford Tri-Motor aircraft, a common sight in the 1920s at Ford Airport in Dearborn. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, August 10, 2016
5. Making Moves: Transportation in Dearborn Marker — center image
1932 Ford bus for the Dearborn Coach Company. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, August 10, 2016
6. Making Moves: Transportation in Dearborn Marker — bottom center image
Dearborn had several electric trolley and bus systems, some to transport employees to the Rouge Plant, some to provide access to Wayne and Detroit. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, August 10, 2016
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The dirigible Los Angeles mooring at Ford Airport in 1926. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, August 10, 2016
8. Making Moves: Transportation in Dearborn Marker — right center image
The Michigan Central Railroad Station along tracks running parallel to Michigan Avenue through Dearborn. Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Historical Museum.
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By Joel Seewald, August 10, 2016
9. Making Moves Marker
Missing Making Moves: Transportation in Dearborn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, October 7, 2019
10. Missing Making Moves: Transportation in Dearborn Marker
The marker was removed during the Wayne County and Alliance of Rouge Community's Henry Ford Estate Dam Fishway Habitat Restoration Project.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 14, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   10. submitted on January 7, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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