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Welcome to Dearborn

Discover a vibe as distinctive as the diverse people who call Dearborn home, starting here.

About Us

From 18th century European farmsteads along the Rouge River and the Sauk Trail, a major thoroughfare used by Native nations, our community grew in the 19th century with the establishment of the Detroit Arsenal on the Chicago Road linking Detroit and Chicago. In the 20th century, Dearborn developed as a major manufacturing hub for the automotive industry. Born on a nearby farm, Henry Ford exerted a major influence on Dearborn’s development.

People from many different countries and cultures have made Dearborn home. Dearborn’s diverse Arab-American communities have enriched the city for many decades. The very first came from what is present-day Lebanon in the 1890s. Many more came to work in the early decades of the 20th century in nearby Ford auto manufacturing facilities. New immigrants continue to arrive today, making further contributions to Dearborn’s remarkable culture and character.