Introduction to Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn is located in Wayne County and is part of the Detroit metropolitan area. It's home to the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company. Dearborn features green beltways and fields filled with sunflowers. The River Rogue flows through the city. It's a regional center for health care and shopping. The municipality includes one of the largest Arab-American populations in the country.
The first non-natives arrived in 1786. The village was founded in 1836. It was named in tribute to Henry Dearborn, a general during the American Revolution and the Secretary of War for President Thomas Jefferson. In 1837 the Michigan Central Railroad arrived. Henry Ford chose Dearborn as the location for his Fair Lane estate and the place to establish the Ford Motor Company.
- The Henry Ford (Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village) features thousands of artifacts regarding Henry Ford's developments in transportation and manufacturing processes. Presidential limousines and a camp bed utilized by George Washington are also featured. Greenfield Village includes nine historic districts, Edison's workshop, the notable Wright Cycle Shop and the Noah Webster House.
- Automotive Hall of Fame examines the history of the automobile industry and features automobiles going back to the early 1900s.
- Henry Ford Estate is an early 20th century attractive home situated on a large acreage and includes a garage filled with impressive automobiles.
- Ford Rogue Factory Tour features rare footage of the factory's history and a theater which utilizes virtual reality effects to give visitors a sense of automobile production. A tour through the truck assembly facility is included in the presentation.
- Arab American National Museum has the appearance of a mosque and examines Arab-American history and culture. It includes artifacts and exhibits of contemporary Arab-American artists.
- Dearborn Historical Museum features two facilities of the original 1833 United States Government Arsenal. The museum showcases farm equipment, buggies and wagons. It features the Richard Gardner House and the McFadden-Ross House.
- Historic walking and bicycle tours.
Activities and Entertainment
Dearborn features a large number of parks and numerous sledding hills and ice rinks. Camp Dearborn is a a large recreation area located nearby. Residents and visitors enjoy listening to the Dearborn Symphony. The Players Guild of Dearborn Theater and Joey's Comedy Club are noteworthy venues. The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center contains an impressive theater and the Padzieski Art Gallery.
The city is served by the Amtrak rail system.
The municipality is home to the University of Michigan Dearborn campus and Henry Ford Community College.