Tidbits of Interest
Although characterized as residential, Dearborn claims over 200 industries and has achieved international fame as the world headquarters for the Ford Motor Company. The city is also home to the nationally recognized Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, a premier historical center that attracts as many as 2.5 million visitors each year. The outdoor museum called Greenfield Village covers 81 acres with recreations of 17th, 18th, and 19th century America. A collection of nearly 100 historic buildings include such highlights as the birthplace of Henry Ford, Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory, the Wright Brothers Cycle Shop, and the Noah Webster House. Among the master planned communities within Dearborn is Fairlane, the 2,300-acre planned community originally developed by the Ford Motor Company. A village setting intermingles residential neighborhoods and retirement communities with hotels, shopping centers, fine restaurants, offices, industrial parks, medical facilities, athletic clubs, and a Jack Nicklaus designed Tournament Players championship golf course. Nestled amid the every-growing city of Dearborn, Dearborn Heights is a thriving, well planned community that takes pride in its separate entity status while reaping all the benefits of nearby Dearborn. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is a welcome presence for both communities, adding the intellectual stimulation, cultural amenities, and visual appeal of a 'college town'.