Dearborn, Michigan

Wayne County


Dearborn is a city in Wayne County in Michigan, USA, with 97 775 inhabitants. It is located in the north of the United States near the Great Lakes immediately southwest of Detroit. The area of Dearborn was first settled by Europeans in 1786. The village of Dearborn was established in 1836, named after Henry Dearborn, Secretary of War under President Thomas Jefferson.


The city is the hometown of Henry Ford and the seat of the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company. The development and coinage of the city is largely due to Ford.

In Dearborn is the second largest of the three campuses of the University of Michigan as well as Henry Ford Community College. Dearborn has more than 29,000 Arab- Americans (according to the census of 2010, this corresponds to 41.7 % of the total population of the city ) is the second largest Arab community in the United States (New York has nearly 70,000 ). Arabs settled here first in order to work in the automotive industry. In January 2005 opened a new Arab- American National Museum, as a result of the strong population. The right-wing populist journalist Debbie Schlussel called Dearborn because of the high proportion of Arab- Americans disparagingly Dearbornistan.

Dearborn is home to the Ford Rouge plant, built by Henry Ford to produce the components for the Model T Ford. At its peak, the plant employed 100,000 people and produced complete vehicles. In the 1990s, a new production hall was built, in their Ford F-150 is now produced.

Internationally became the local newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, a top series of Henry Ford, the later as " The International Jew " was known ( German " The International Jew ", published in Germany by Theodor Fritsch in Leipzig), reprinted and caused a worldwide sensation.


The city was founded in 1893 as a settlement, and received the 1927 status as a city. Later it merged with the nearby Fordson, not to be incorporated by Detroit. Orville L. Hubbard was from 1942-1978 the mayor of the city. He was one of the most influential figures Dearborn and a fanatical supporter of racial segregation. He prevented the influx Black with legal and illegal methods.


The city has an area of 63.3 km ². 63.1 km ² of which are land, 0.2 km ² are water. The Rouge River runs through the city. The watercourse was artificially influenced initiative Fords and by a weir water is fed to the operation of an electricity power plant. Three of the four arms of the river (Middle, Lower and Rouge River), come together in Dearborn. About the Michigan Avenue (U.S. Highway 12 and Interstate 94) Dearborn is connected to Detroit. Also in west-east direction leads Michigan State Route 153 (Ford Road) by Dearborn. At the western edge of U.S. Highway 24 runs from north to south through the town, running parallel to it through the middle part of Michigan State Route 39, at the Allen Park ends at Interstate 94 in the south.


The Greenfield Village in Dearborn is an open air museum, which was initiated by Henry Ford. Historic buildings were built here in the original again - see, for example, are the bicycle repair shop of the Wright brothers and the laboratories of Thomas Alva Edison.

The Henry Ford Museum offers the opportunity to see cars, planes and trains. Also, the bus in which Rosa Parks refused to offer a white passenger her seat is issued. In addition, you can visit and watch as cars produced in one of the most modern assembly line factories in America, the Ford Rouge Factory.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Vesta M. Roy (1925-2002), politician
  • John Kornblum (* 1943), diplomat and investment banker
  • Dave Florek ( born 1953 ), actor
  • Jon -Erik Kellso (born 1964 ), jazz trumpeter and cornetist
  • Frankie Andreu (born 1966 ), cyclist
  • Brian Rafalski (born 1973 ), ice hockey player
  • David Burtka ( born 1975 ), actor
  • Jessica Smith ( b. 1983 ), Shorttrackerin and inline Speedskaterin
  • Rima Fakih ( born 1985 ), Miss USA 2010
  • Lawrence Warbasse (* 1990), cyclist