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The Wayne County city of Allen Park, Michigan is the headquarters for the Detroit Lions, and home to several of the offices and facilities of the Ford Motor Company.

The city is bordered by Dearborn to the north, Melvindale to the northeast, Lincoln Park to the east, Southgate to the south, Taylor to the west, and Dearborn Heights to the northwest. The main routes through the city are I-75, I-94, and M-39.

When Europeans first came to the area, it had been inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years, including the Potawatomi, Chippewa, and Ottawa people, who were related, as well as the Huron.

The first European people in the area were the French, who came to trap beaver, and later the English came for the same reason.

The first European to acquire land in what was to become Allen Park was Pierre St. Cosme, a Frenchman who had been given more than 4,000 acres by the Native Americans. In the early 1800s, he encouraged other French pioneers to settle the region now known as the Downriver area.

Lewis Allen was five when his father moved him from New York to Detroit in 1819. He trained as a lawyer, but came to earn his living as a lumberman, acquiring 276 acres that extended from the Rouge River, which forms the northern border of the city today, to the area where Thunderbowl Lanes and Arena is situated today, establishing a sawmill along the river.

By the end of the 1800s, much of the land had been cleared during lumbering operations, and the land had become more suitable for agriculture. New agricultural lands attracted German immigrants, as the majority of its French population had moved closer to the Raisin River.

Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903. introducing the Model T in 1908, and developed the assembly line in 1913, and several farmers from Allen Park and the surrounding area decided to seek jobs with Ford. Farmland was sold to developers, and subdivisions replaced the family farms. By the late 1960s, most of the land in Allen Park had been developed.

The village was officially platted in 1926 and named for Lewis Allen. It was incorporated as a village in 1927, and as a city in 1957. R. Donald Pretty became the city's first postmaster on September 10, 1957. Originally, Allen Park did not include the portion of the city directly west of Melvindale, as that was still part of Ecorse Township.

Allen Park is home to the Uniroyal Giant Tire, the largest non-production tire scale model ever built, and a popular roadside attraction. Originally created as a Ferris Wheel for the 1964 New York World's Fair, it was moved to Allen Park in 1966.

Fairlane Green is an unenclosed shopping center in Allen Park. Also known as The Hill, as it was built on top of a former Ford Motor Company landfill, and its elevation is high enough that portions of the Detroit skyline can be seen from the complex on a clear day. Previously, The Hill had been home to the Allen Park Veterans Administration Medical Center, which was demolished in 2014.

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