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The City of Romulus, Michigan is a western suburb of the Detroit Metro Region. and part of the Downriver collection of communities along the western shore of the Detroit River.

Romulus is more than fifteen miles west of the Detroit River, however. The Huron River flows south, just east of the city, although the river does enter the city limits briefly, at the location of the Lower Huron Metropark Golf Course in the southwest corner of Romulus, and the Ecorse River flows through much of the city.

Other waterways within the city include Black Creek, Edmund Creek, and Hale Creek, as well as Blakely Drain, Boice Drain, Bosenworth Drain, Carr Drain, Carter Drain, Cooper Drain, Delaney Drain, Frank and Post Drain, Freeman Drain, McBride Drain, McLaughrey Drain, Mizner Drain, Packard Drain, Post Drain, Sloss Ganong Drain, Texas Marsh Drain, Tyler Drain, Vealy Drain, Wilbur Drain, and Zink Drain.

Located in southern Wayne County, the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is entirely within the city limits of Romulus, taking up a large portion of the city's land area.

I-94 and I-275 intersect within the city, on the west side. The city's northern boundary is Van Born Road, its southern boundary is Pennsylvania Road, Hannan Road forms most of its western boundary, and Inkster Road is the eastern boundary of Romulus.

The cities of Wayne and Westland are adjacent to Romulus to the north, Taylor abuts the city to the east, Van Buren Township to the west, and Huron Township to the south. Besides Taylor, Wayne, and Westland, other cities and villages within twenty miles of Romulus include Inkster, Belleville, Garden City, Allen Park, Southgate, Flat Rock, Dearborn Heights, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, Carleton, Woodhaven, Riverview, Ypsilanti, Plymouth, Ecorse, South Rockwood, Dearborn, Rockwood, Wyandotte, River Rouge, Trenton, Gibraltar, Livonia, Northville, and Detroit.

As the airport is a major hub for Delta Airlines, a base for Spirit Airlines, and a major international airport, DTW is significant for the city's economy, supporting a large number of other commercial businesses. Additionally, General Motors opened its Romulus Engine plant on Ecorse Road in 1975, producing transmission engines for a number of its models, and Amazon opened its DTW1 Fulfillment Center in Romulus in 2018.

Although retail industries are scarce in Romulus, the city does have a variety of small businesses, such as hotels, restaurants, and bars.

Police and fire functions are provided by the Romulus Department of Public Safety. The Wayne County Airport Authority has its own operational police department headquartered at the airport.

The first European-American settler in what would become Romulus was Samuel Polyne, a French-Canadian who came in 1826, although he left shortly after the township was organized in 1835. Samuel McMath came from Romulus, New York in 1827 after acquiring land from the federal government. He improved upon the land, and was planning on residing there, but he died before he could bring his family.

In 1830, Solomon Whitaker and Charles and Joseph Pulcifer came. In 1835, Jenks Pullen came with his wife and six sons. The following year, Pullen's Corners was platted, although it soon took on the name of the township.

Romulus Township separated from Huron Township in 1835, and the first township meeting was held in the home of Joseph T. Pullen.

A post office was established on September 9, 1835, as Romulus. The township's name was changed to Wayne on March 19, 1945, but changed back to Romulus on January 16, 1848. The village of Romulus was platted on the estate of Lansing B. Misner and recorded on April 4, 1871. In 1970, the township, including its village, was incorporated as a city.

In the first half of the 19th century, Romulus was a stop along the Underground Railroad, assisting slaves who fled the plantations in the South. Historic sites associated with the Underground Railroad still in existence in Romulus include the Samuel Kingsley Home. Samuel R. Kingsley lived near Pullen's Corners, the neighborhood now known as Five Points. He hid slaves in an underground cellar of his home. Today, the structure is across the street from the Romulus Historical Museum. Another is the White Church in the same neighborhood. At one time known as Romulus Wesleyan Church, and it is now known as 5 Points Church. As a new addition to the building was under construction in 1955, a hidden cellar under the church was revealed, with a trap door leading to the vestibule. The Wesleyan congregation continues to meet at 5 Points Church.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the City of Romulus, Michigan. Online resources for the municipal government are appropriate for this category, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities.


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