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WAYNE COUNTY MICHIGAN








Wayne county map

Size: 607 Square Miles
Elevation: 600-800 Feet
Physiography: Lake border plains
Growing Season: 160-180 days
Annual Precipitation: 29-32 inches
Average Snowfall: Less than 40 inches
Forest Type: Oak-Hickory, Maple-Beech, Elm-Ash-Cottonwood
Fall Colors: Middle October

Wayne County was submerged beneath the ocean thousands of years ago. With the evaporation of the water, large salt deposits were left. A group of people known as the Mound Builders constructed earth mounds all around the area. Because of the early Objibway settlement, many of the main streets of Detroit are named after the Objibway hunting trails. Antoine Cadillac, a French officer, is known as the founder of this city. He felt this area would be good for a French fort for expansion and protection. In 1760 the British took Detroit as part of the Northwest Territory. It wasn't until after the Revolutionary War, in 1783, that Detroit became an American Post. The British didn't officially give it up until 1796. The Indian fighter, General Anthony Wayne, came to the area allowing his name to used for the County. More Americans began to settle here among the French and the British. In 1805 there was a huge fire that destroyed Detroit. A new city was then designed by Judge Augustus Woodward. With the shipping industry Detroit began to grow. As railroads were constructed more immigrants came to the area. Manufacturing began to increase, and in 1899 the first automobile factory in the world, Olds Motor Works, was opened in Detroit. Other auto pioneers came here, such as Henry Ford. The first concrete road was constructed, and by 1917 23 car companies were located in the area.


Wayne County
Southern Wayne County Chamber of Commerce

Allen Park (48101) Belleville Brownstown Township (48183)
Canton Dearborn Dearborn Heights
Denton Detroit Ecorse (48229)
Flat Rock (48134) Garden City Gibralter (48173)
Grosse Ile (48138) Grosse Pointe Grosse Pointe Farms
Grosse Pointe Woods Hamtramck Harper Woods (48225)
Highland Park (48203) Inkster (48141) Lincoln Park (48146)
Livonia Martinsville Melvindale (48122)
New Boston (48164) Northville (48167) Plymouth (48170)
Redford Redford Township River Rouge (48218)
Rockwood (48173) Romulus (48174) Southgate (48195)
Taylor (48180) Trenton (48183) Wayne (48184)
Westland Woodhaven (48183) Wyandotte (48192)






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