Introduction to Ypsilanti, Michigan
Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw county, is 6 miles E of Ann Arbor, Michigan and 29 miles W of Detroit, Michigan. The people of the city are in the Ann Arbor metropolitan area. Ypsilanti has a population of 22,362.
Gabriel Godfroy, a French-Canadian fur trader, established a trading post in this area in 1809. By 1823, a permanent settlement had been establsihed here by Major Thomas Woodruff. In 1829, Woodruff's Grove became Ypsilanti. The community was named in honor of the Greek war hero, Demetrios Ypsilanti. On February 4, 1858, Ypsilanti was incorporated as a city. Ypsilanti has been home to a number of automobile industries, including the Apex Motors.
Ypsilanti and nearby Attractions
- Fair Lane
- Ann Arbor Art Center
- Gerald R. Ford Library
- Highland Cemetery
- Prospect Park
Things To Do In Ypsilanti
Visitors to Ypsilanti can take a trip to one of the many nearby historical sites, like the Croswell Opera House or Fair Lane, which was the home of Henry and Clara Bryant Ford. The Plymouth Historical Museum, the Ann Arbor Art Center, and the Gerald R. Ford Library also offer insights into the historical and cultural background of the area. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has interactive exhibits like a rock wall, a preschool gallery, and a giant bubble.
Air transportation is available from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
Ypsilanti Higher Education
Institutes offering higher educational opportunities to the residents of Ypsilanti are Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw Community College.