Voters Approve Name Change From Dearborn to Henry Ford, Michigan?

Time to change from Dearborn to Henry Ford, MI?

The gentle town of Dearborn is misnamed.  I propose that the city be re-named Henry Ford, MI as recognition of the contributions of Henry Ford to the nation and in particular to our city.

Instead, we have our city named after someone who never heard of it let alone ever stepped foot in it, General Henry Dearborn. Now he was a righteous dude, I will grant you and served our country well in the Revolutionary War and with a lot less distinction in the War of 1812, when he was basically fired from his position. 

Now comes a true giant in American history, a man born within the city limits of our town, who built a mammoth enterprise here, kept it here and built his own family home at Fairlane.

Henry Ford changed America from this very spot. He was one of us. He lived among us and his company provided a tax base that any city would die for. Henry Ford's company provided excess funds for Camp Dearborn and a multitude of city services. Henry Ford's company donated land to all of us, the land of my high school, Edsel Ford, of which I was in the first graduating class. Henry Ford built that enterprise right here, a car company that needed no government bail out and a company that provided good jobs at the famous Rouge plant and today still headquarters itself at its Central Staff Building and other buildings that house engineering, styling, test track and divisional HQ's. He provided funds for one of the greatest museums in the world - the Henry Ford and Greenfield Village and these bring thousands of tourists every year to see these attractions and to begin a trip to see an automotive assembly plant.

Henry Ford had defects—so did General Dearborn. Henry Ford was an anti-Semite. He discovered very late the nature of the swine, Hitler, but he also produced a plant that produced over 400 B-24's/month in 1944 that help prompt Hitler to place pistol to his temple.

The name Henry Ford means something. Henry Ford means something to us, the people who live in his town, the people who work in and visit his town and yes, even to people like me who grew up here and moved away. It is no exaggeration to suggest that Henry Ford made this town.

This, the town of his birth and death, the town of people he loved. This most important person, a person who brought the automobile within range of everyone and a living wage to all who worked for him. The man who showed the world what modern manufacturing could attain lifting the living standards of millions. 

This town is Henry Ford, Michigan. Leverage that name and let everyone know where he came from, what he did and what they can still see of the America he helped build in the Twentieth Century. Let the people debate this idea. Let them vote on it. Let them live in Henry Ford, Michigan.  It is a proud name. It is an important name. It is our name. Henry Ford, Michigan, USA.

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AXXEL KNUTSON February 12, 2013 at 04:35 PM
This is typical of the love that Ford Motor Company has for this city from today's Patch: "The Henry Ford Centennial Library is the largest of Dearborn's four branches. Its name comes from the fact that Ford Motor Company deeded the land where the library was to be built to the city on July 30, 1963 — the 100th anniversary of Henry Ford's birth. The library cost approximately $3.5 million to build, with all of the funds coming from Ford Motor Company and the Ford Foundation. Although the Henry Ford Centennial originally housed only library staff, the Dearborn Health Department relocated its offices into the west end of the building in 1979, where they have remained ever since." I have to ask, what has General Dearborn done for us lately? Not even North Hampton, New Hampshire, where he was born is called "Dearborn." I think "Henry Ford, Michigan" says a lot of very good things.When I was growing up never once did I explain to people the namesake of our town it was so unimportant. Let's change that. Call for a vote even though I can't vote.
laplateau February 12, 2013 at 04:48 PM
So, what has George Washington done for us lately Perhaps we should re-name DC to Capital City. What has Thoman Jefferson done for the state of Missouri lately. Maybe they should change their capitol's name to Capitol City, MO. Or, what about Washington State...pehaps rename it Northwestern State. Come on, we name places for people that have made selfless historical contributions and sacrifices to our country. Nope...Dearborn sounds just fine, thank you!
AXXEL KNUTSON February 12, 2013 at 04:58 PM
You are welcome. The Nays, have it by the looks of it. Poor Henry Ford gets no respect.
SandraB February 12, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I would vote no as well. "Dearborn" was here before Henry Ford and will be here if Ford Motor ever pulls out. Henry Ford just helped make it larger. Yes, they have donated property; BUT, that property reverts back to the family if the city ever stops using it (which is why Bryant library is still open and Snow had to close). I understand why someone would have a passing thought about changing the name, but it doesn't make sense. First off, the cost of the change would be phenomenal and wasteful (paperwork, signs, logos, police and fire vehicles repainted, etc.) Not only that, but I don't want to say I live in "Henry Ford". That just sounds strange.
edward binkley February 12, 2013 at 08:30 PM
just name it oriellyville seeing he want to break all the rules the dearborn press and guide should do an article on me running as mayor.. how much did he pay them to do the article on him. hell did you see abraham lincoln in town today i did and actually he should be the next mayor. if the city turns in to baby detroit the tax papers aren't gonna blame themselves they wqill blame everyon else not even mayor cheese head we need a younger mayor he says i have decide to run again but have not pulled my petition yet i would like to know why not!! is he gonna try and run with out a petition and did he turn in all of his fundraising papers to the state of mich. he gonna try and get away with not pulling petitions.and another thing because i am running against him as mayor he didn't pick me to become a commissioner of the historical commission maybe i would of drop out of the race did he think about that.my family in years gave a lot of money to the museum. what if i were to ask for it back under the right of being an heir. then it would be broke for sure he does not think about his actions.and is not accountable for anything just passes the buck.. so he wants a war thenhe will get the best fight of his life i know alot of people to here in dearborn also so he quotes in the press and guide.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 12, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Apparently everyone wants to honor someone who never set foot in the place? Unusual. Poor Henry Ford can't catch a break even in his home town.
Chicago Way February 13, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Axxel writes: "...everyone wants to honor someone who never set foot in the place? Unusual." No, not unusual at all. The second largest city in the US is named after "the angels" and it they would be poor candidates for ever setting foot in Los Angeles. Further, it would not have been possible for the patron saints of these other California cities to have set foot in San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica or San Diego.
W Clem February 13, 2013 at 01:19 AM
SandraB has it right - I live in "Henry Ford" is just strange sounding .
AXXEL KNUTSON February 13, 2013 at 01:39 AM
No one seem to,defend General Dearborn...I submit that almost no one in Henry Ford, MI had any clue about the good general. If it had not been for a very unique teacher at Oxford School, the name Gereral Dearborn never once surfaced. But I have no standing here (although I should) because I am not a voter, so it is up to you, the current voters. So if you want to continue the name of your fair city named after someone with no measurable connection, I would call that a colossal shame and a missed opportunity.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 13, 2013 at 02:03 AM
As for Seashore Pool: A little over 70 years ago Henry Ford, MI embarked on providing the citizens with one of the most unique recreational swimming pools in the nation. It is gone. I don't know why. But Imdo know that this city had a real gem. I know there is no easy money laying around...still that is not a reason to not at least think about. Please see this link: http://www.dearbornfreepress.com/2012/08/20/dearborns-seashore-pool-remembered-in-rare-photos-70th-anniversary-celebration/
Lee Jacobsen February 13, 2013 at 07:15 AM
Henry Dearborn was a bona fide Revolutionary War Hero. He was at Bunker Hill. He was at Valley Forge with G. Washington, and he did everything his country asked of him, and more. Read more about him here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Dearborn Dearborn is a great name to have a city named after, we are lucky to have it. In fact, If we used his full name, we could honor Henry Ford, who was no doubt named after Henry Dearborn, out of admiration for his first name Henry. If you asked Henry Ford about the name change, he would tell you to get some brains instead. Besides, it would cost too much money to change all the maps and city paperwork. Ask questions like this when we are more a paperless society and name changes are seamless. Of course , we could be named after a sign post such as NOVI (No. 6) or an indian such as Ishpeming here is a pic http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/14377 I actually helped promote the use of the name Dearborn decades ago, when Dearborn Hts was looking for an identity. Of course, we could have an exciting name like Westland (wasteland), or Taylor, obviously named for a movie star of the same name. Isn't there a singer named Taylor Swift? Anyone want to venture a guess as to the origin of the name of Inkster? Actually Robert Inkster, a scot, operated a saw mill at Inkster and Mi ave. in the 1860s. After 100 yrs of figuring out the boundaries with Dbn, they incorporated in 1962. I vote to keep Dearborn.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 13, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Now Lee, I know you really didn't mean to be so rude. Dearbornites always had a reputation for civility: "If you asked Henry Ford about the name change, he would tell you to get some brains instead. " As for the money it would cost...I mean really you can't be serious about the cost of such one time charges. Someone even said it would cost "billions!" As for General Dearborn, please just be fair. A good performer in the Revolutonary War and poor performer in the War of 1812. A defect. Henry Ford had defects as well, but HF is YOUR native son. General Dearborn...well, he is not. Honor your people-a HenryFordite, not some guy from New Hampshire. But, not to worry...not one person in town thinks this a good idea so the nay have it by the looks of it. Or do they?
AXXEL KNUTSON February 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM
I challenge Edsel Ford High School to adopt this project for 2013. Ya got what it takes, still?
Lee Jacobsen February 14, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Axxel, Edsel Ford is a good name for a High School, why are you challenging them to change it? There is already a Henry Ford High School anyway. I know the 'Edsel' was not a winner for Ford, but that was offset by winners that I have driven such as Maverick, Topaz, Falcon, Pinto, Festiva, Tempo, Mystique (mistake) Windstar, Aerostar, Freestar, Granada, and other notable names that are still with us. Axxel, I am surprised that you are not one of the supporters for Wind power in Dearborn, we could put one in the vicinity of City Hall. Max blade could be 56 feet, and cost would be around $22 grand. Payback? 30 years, less depending on who gets elected. Regarding Dearborn's possible name change, another way is to put the opportunity up for auction or bid. Get some return $$ for the taxpayers. One thing for sure, Detroit does not have enough money to make us interested, and we can always do the obvious, and simply annex that pesky little Dearborn Hts that seems to divide our city in two for no reason. If we can buy Camp Dearborn from Milford, and Royal Oak can have Detroit's Zoo, certainly we can have FOMOCO spend the big bucks and bring back the Ford Rotunda, and have a grand new city hall tacked on somewhere to get some Federal Obama stimulus spending bucks to fund it. Axxel, this is true tongue and cheek, but much of it will be taken seriously since we are now in the Obama tax and spend era . Time to get our part of the gravy.....
laplateau February 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Ugh...Obama gravy, made from pure pork fat!
AXXEL KNUTSON February 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM
I want the students to change the name of the TOWN to Henry Ford, MI. I like the name of the school and was in the frost graduating class. Additionally, I love Edsels, particularly the Citation convertible of 1958. "Dearborn" has no connection whatever with our town. Our most important native son, does.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM
As for wind power in Dearborn...well, look at the wind charts. The only place there is enough steady wind is along the Lakes Michigan and Superior shorelines. But not in Henry Ford, MI.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 15, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Apathy reigns. This is how towns lose their heart. The lose Cunningham's, they lose the Ford Rotunda and don't re-build it, they lose Seashore Pool, the most magnificent municipal pool I have ever seen and when the town has an opportunity to put its stamp of importance on the town, the simple task of naming the city after its most important son...it fails. Dearborn, you are a dissapointment.
Gary LaPointe February 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM
No one wants to honor someone else, people did that years ago. We just don't want to change it. It's not like most street signs don't have "The birthplace of Henry Ford" written on them (or something like that). Let's change Washington State to Microsoft! I'm sure Bill Gates contributed more to the state which probably had a pretty minor population when George Washington was around!
Gary LaPointe February 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Maybe we could have a few museums built in the area to honor Henry Ford??
Lee Jacobsen February 17, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Axxel, there is still time for you to redeem yourself and Dearborn, in its thanks, will make you its 'favorite son'. Could you hold your breath while swimming the width of Seashore Pool, including going through the inner gates? That feat alone may be your redemption.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 17, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Nay Sayers abound. It wasn't always the case...but it is now.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Naming our city "Dearborn" makes about as much sense as naming it after Daniel Boone. I am right and ALL of you are wrong. The town will be renamed Henry Ford, Michigan so get used to it. Maybe not in 2013, maybe not by 2025... But I am NEVER wrong about such things that make such obvious sense. Someone with more clout, some organization will take up this quest.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 17, 2013 at 11:49 AM
...and a bust of me will be placed at the new Seashore Pool right next to the re-built Ford Rotunda. Think I'm crazy don't you? Well, I am a product of your schools in a day when our scores were not so pathetic.
Gary LaPointe February 17, 2013 at 03:40 PM
No one is naming it Dearborn, this was a done deal, it was named many many moons ago.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 17, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Here is your Major General Dearborn: The reason Washingon was burnt nearly to the ground, including the Capitol, is because of the thuggish acts of General Henry Dearborn's troops in the fight Dearborn commanded at York, Canada [Toronto] previously. The Brits know about payback and paid back in spades thanks to MAJOR GENERAL Dearborn. He was relieved of his command. And this is the name of Henry Ford, Michigan.
Your taxes pay my salary February 19, 2013 at 09:12 AM
Can we name it after Mayor McCheese?
AXXEL KNUTSON February 20, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Someone on Detroit Yes, asked me a question about this. Although I am sure no one cares, here is the response I made: "I do live near Edison, NJ and here is a town that rightfully is proud of a man who, like Henry Ford, made a difference. No man is perfect...not General Dearborn, not Thomas A. Edison and not Henry Ford. I, however, am perfect but in spite of this do not want the name of the town I grew up in [Henry Ford, MI] named after me. As far as Kroger is concerned, the local Kroger store supplied me with Koeplinger's Whole Wheat Bread -the best tasting toasted bread ever made-BUT I DIGRESS. Henry Ford, MI is already a tourist destination of sorts because of Henry Ford. People come there to see the Ford attractions, The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, the Rouge Plant tours. Residents are INSANE if they do not rename the place Henry Ford, MI in spite of some not-so-hot general from the War of 1812 than never set foot in the place. Of course I can't vote on such a name change, but having lived there for 16 years, going to school there and loving the place, I have more of a right to suggest this name change than any Henry Ford, MI - come lately perhaps. "
edward binkley February 27, 2013 at 06:45 PM
so sorry to say he was the first commandant at the dearbon arsenal when it was built in 1833 during the french indian war because the government was afraid the british would invaid fort wayne and steal the armory weapons so they moved it away from the detroit river and they picked dearbornville. Its co=ordinances were south madison to telegraph north to golfview and east to the rouge river then to michigan avenue. about 22.5 miles
AXXEL KNUTSON March 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM
The bandwagon to change the name of our town has left the station. Henry Ford, Michigan it is. So far, there is one person on that bandwagon. "When those Henry Ford Pioneers hit that line...da de dum dum."


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