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The City of Taylor is the most-populated municipality in the Downriver community, the fifth most-populated city in Wayne County, and the seventeenth most-populated city in Michigan.

Situated in south-central Wayne County, about fourteen miles southwest of downtown Detroit, Taylor is part of the Detroit Metro Region. The city is bounded to the north by Dearborn Heights, on the east by Allen Park and Southgate, on the south by Brownstown Township, and on the west, by Romulus.

The northern boundary of Taylor is Van Born Road, the eastern boundary is Pellham Road, the southern boundary is Pennsylvania Road, and the western boundary is Inkster Road. The main highways through Taylor include I-75, I-94, and US-24 (Telegraph Road). Other routes include Beech Day Road, Ecorse Road, Wick Road, Goddard Road, Northline Road, and Eureka Road.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Taylor include Allen Park, Southgate, Lincoln Park, Inkster, Woodhaven, Ecorse, Wyandotte, Dearborn Heights, Riverview, River Rouge, Romulus, Flat Rock, Trenton, Garden City, Wayne, Dearborn, Gibraltar, Rockwood, South Rockwood, Westland, Belleville, Detroit, Hamtramck, Carleton, and Highland Park.

Augustus Coan was the first European-American to acquire land in what was later to become part of Taylor. Moving to the area in 1824, he purchased a 100-acre parcel of land from the United States government in 1830. His children included four sons: Peter, Marlin, Edmund, and Elisha, and some sources indicate that Peter and Edmund Coan were the first settlers in Taylor Township. Peter bought an 80-acre parcel of land in 1832. Eventually, members of the Coan family owned more than 640 acres of land in the township.

Originally part of Ecorse Township, residents in this western part of the township petitioned to separate from that township because they lived too far away to participate in the affairs of the township. Granted in 1847, Taylor Township was formed, and named for Major General Zachary Taylor, who would later go on to become the 12th president of the United States.

On January 12, 1863, a post office was established as Taylor Center, with Jared Sexton as postmaster. The office closed on February 15, 1914. The community was served by various adjacent post offices until October 7, 1958, when the post office reopened as Taylor, with Stanley A. Grendel as postmaster.

The Wabash Railroad came through in 1876, establishing a small station in Taylor Township. The railroad station was known as Hand Station for George E. Hand, who sold the right-of-way through his land to the railroad. Locally, the area around the station was sometimes known as Hand Corners.

Taylor remained a township until the late 1960s when residents voted to incorporate the township as a city, and this became official on March 6, 1968. At that time, its population was above 70,000. The city's population declined between 1980 and 2010, although it increased slightly in 2020, when its population was 63,409.

The city owns and operates several parks and recreational facilities, including Atlas Park, Boardman Park, Chelsea (Timberline) Park, Fletcher Trail, Heritage Park, Homestead Park, Howard Noble Park, Jaycee Park, Lange Park, Lucinda Burns Park, Memorial Park, Midtown Park, Miller Clapham Park, Northwest Park, Papp Park, Phoenix Park, Rotary Park, Vince Caplis Park, and Zub (Dudley) Park.

Heritage Park is a large community park that features baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a library, and other attractions and events. The park is also home to several replicas and original historical buildings, including the Greenwald-Herkimer House, the Fred and Clara Knope Farmhouse, the Log Cabin, the Schonsheck Farm, Taylor Heritage School, the Wabash Railroad Train Station, the Water Mill, and West Mound Church. Several events are held at the park throughout the year.

Law enforcement, fire suppression services, and emergency medical services are provided by the Taylor Police Department and the Taylor Fire Department.

The focus of this portion of our web guide is the City of Taylor, Michigan. Online resources representing governmental entities located within the city, as well as businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities, are appropriate for this category.


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