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Lincoln Park, Michigan is in Wayne County. Sharing a border with Allen Park, Detroit, Ecorse, Melvindale, Southgate, and Wyandotte, it is the second-most densely populated municipality in the state, following Hamtramck.

Other cities and villages within twenty miles of Lincoln Park include River Rouge, Taylor, Riverview, Dearborn, Trenton, Woodhaven, Dearborn Heights, Inkster, Romulus, Flat Rock, Garden City, Wayne, Gibraltar, Hamtramck, Rockwood, Highland Park, South Rockwood, Grosse Pointe Park, Westland, Belleville, Grosse Pointe, Carleton, and Livonia.

The chief routes to and through the city are I-75, M-85 (Fort Street), and M-39 (Southfield Road). Outer Drive forms most of the northern border of the city.

The South Branch of the Ecorse River flows through the southern portion of the city, emptying into the Detroit River just east of the city.

Lincoln Park is part of the Downriver collection of cities within Metro Detroit.

Prior to its settlement by European-Americans, the Potowatomi people inhabited the entire Downriver area. Although there was no evidence of a Potowatomi village in the area that was to become Lincoln Park, the area served as a hunting ground.

The first European-American to come to the area was probably Adrien Joliett, who came by canoe from Quebec in 1669. In 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac came with soldiers, woodsmen, and a larger group of Native Americans, establishing Fort Ponchartrain in what is now Detroit. A few years later, French settlers created what was known as ribbon farms fronting the Detroit River and the Rouge River.

In 1763, the Ottawa Chief Pontiac called for Midwestern Native American tribes to unite against further encroachment of European-Americans. This meeting took place along the banks of the Ecorse River, at a location now known as Council Point Park in Lincoln Park. An engraved boulder marks the spot.

In 1776, the Potowatomis deeded four thousand acres to Pierre St. Cosme, with whom they had developed a relationship. This land included portions of what would later become Wyandotte and Ecorse, and all of Allen Park and Lincoln Park. Upon his death, Cosme's family sold tracts of land to French farmers who had developed ribbon farms that began at either the Detroit River or the Rouge River, running several miles back into the forest.

Some of the earliest settlements in Lincoln Park were in the southern section, particularly along what is now known as Goddard Road.

In 1827, the area became part of the now-defunct Ecorse Township. During the mid-1800s, several German immigrants arrived, and a business district developed near the corner of Fort Street and Southfield Road. The opening of the Ford Motor Company's operations brought several autoworkers to the area, as it was close to Ford's Rouge Plant.

Although there were several homes in the area by that point, Lincoln Park was not platted until 1906, and named for its first subdivision, the Lincoln Park Subdivision. Lincoln Park was incorporated as a village in 1921, and became a city in 1925.

Its peak population was 53,933 in 1960. Due largely to the depression of the state's industry, small family sizes, and the lack of developable property, Lincoln Park has lost population each census year since 1960, and currently has a population under 40,000.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the city of Lincoln Park, Michigan. Online resources for the municipal government or any businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, sports programs, and recreational opportunities in Lincoln Park are appropriate topics for this category.


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