July 21, 2016

Wyandotte, Michigan

The story of Wyandotte begins with the early French settlers and a Native American tribe known as the Wyandots. Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac landed on the banks of the Detroit River in 1701 to establish a settlement.
July 21, 2016

Woodhaven, Michigan

Compared to most of the communities in the Downriver area, the establishment of Woodhaven as its own entity has been relatively recent. Much of the early settlement in the Southeastern Michigan area followed a typical pattern in that arriving settlers stayed close to waterways because they provided easy access to the necessities of life.
July 21, 2016

Van Buren Township, Michigan

Nearly all of the first white settlers who came to Van Buren Township were Frenchmen looking to hunt and trap for the fur trade. Although it may seem obvious, Van Buren Township was named after America’s 8th president Martin Van Buren.
July 21, 2016

Trenton, Michigan

The Wyandot tribe roamed and settled in the area for hundreds of years before any European settlers arrived. They called their village Monguagon.
July 21, 2016

Taylor, Michigan

Named in honor of General Zachary Taylor, a career army officer, war hero, and 12th President of the United States, the City of Taylor started out as a township in 1847.
July 21, 2016

Sumpter Township, MIchigan

Settlement of the Sumpter area was slow at first because the area was very difficult to reach. Even if one did make it and setup a farm, it was equally difficult to transport goods by wagon considering the condition of the early roads, if they could even be called that. The earliest settlers to the Sumpter area began to arrive after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825.
July 21, 2016

Southgate, Michigan

Southgate is another Downriver community that is on the younger side, but it still has a rich history. The people of Southgate had a difficult time in the beginning just trying to become a city.
July 21, 2016

Romulus, Michigan

Romulus did not incorporate as a city until 1970, but it had a lengthy history as a township and a territory before then.
July 21, 2016

Rockwood, Michigan

Rockwood, Michigan
July 21, 2016

Riverview, Michigan

Riverview is one of the younger Downriver communities, as it is only 57 years old, but it does have a rich history going back even farther than that.
July 21, 2016

River Rouge, Michigan

River Rouge was first a part of Ecorse Township and did not become a village until 1899. It then became a city on April 3, 1922.
July 21, 2016

Melvindale, Michigan

Melvindale was originally put together in the 1920s and was made from a small residential and farm area called Oakwood Heights.
July 21, 2016

Lincoln Park, Michigan

The entire Downriver area was once home to the Potowatomi Tribe. They roamed the area looking for deer, bear, fox, and other furbearers that could provide them with the necessities of life.
July 21, 2016

Huron Township, Michigan

Huron Township was organized in 1827, but it did not look like the Huron Township we know today, as it included the cities of Romulus and Belleville, as well as the townships of Sumpter and Van Buren.
July 21, 2016

Grosse Ile, Michigan

It is estimated that the Potawatomi tribe roamed Grosse Ile 1000 years before the arrival of European settlers. They named the island Kitcheminishen.
July 21, 2016

Gibraltar, Michigan

Gibraltar may be small, but its impact in the Downriver community over the years has been huge. The area was first called, "Chenal de la Presque Isle" by early French settlers, which roughly translates into "Channel of the Near Island."
July 21, 2016

Flat Rock, Michigan

As with most of the land in Southeast Michigan, the area that today is known as Flat Rock had visitors long before any European settlers saw the landscape.
July 21, 2016

Ecorse, Michigan

Ecorse’s history began in the early 1700s, as it was first settled by French Habitants under Antoine Cadillac. In 1795, the first white settler, Pierre Michael Campau, came to Ecorse.
July 21, 2016

Brownstown, Michigan

Brownstown was actually around before Michigan was even officially a state. Like many areas in Michigan, Brownstown was apart of the French Province Quebec, and was named after Adam Brown, a young boy who grew up with the Wyandot Indians after being kidnapped around the age of 8.
July 21, 2016

Belleville, Michigan

Belleville is a city in the Downriver area southwest of Detroit. It became a village in 1905 after breaking off of Van Buren Township.