Dearborn: The city that Ford built

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The city of Dearborn, MI, on the perimeter of Detroit, is home to Ford Motor Company. This is where Henry Ford built his main plant when he was cranking out Model Ts. It’s also home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the US, thanks to the numbers of people from Arab lands who traveled here decades ago to work on the auto assembly lines.Dearborn is also home to a lot of history. The first airport hotel in the US was built there to service Ford’s overseas and out of town customers. It’s home to the Ford Automobile Museum and Ford Village, a reproduction of turn-of-the-century America. It has items like Thomas Edison’s laboratory, which was removed from Menlo Park and reassembled in Dearborn; the bus that Rosa Parks did her famous ‘I’m not giving up my seat’ act; and the car JFK was riding in when he was assassinated.Every May, Dearborn hosts a Memorial Day parade, honoring those who have served and sacrificed. In 2013, I was invited to be the Grand Marshal of that parade. Following are some of the photos from my visit. Across the street from the old Ford Airport is the airport hotel (where I stayed), the first airport hotel in the US. The bus that Rosa Parks rode on, at the auto museum. Lounge of the hotel where I stayed. Presidential limos in the auto museum.

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