Letters to the Editor: The “City of Dearborn, MI” Should Change It’s Name to “Henry Ford, MI”
Your gentle town “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 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 on The American Road 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.
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, owned property, worked 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. And while we are at it, let’s re-build the Ford Rotunda as a meeting place for these new tourists.
I will put up the first $1,000 if Ford puts up the next $7 million. Capital of the World. You can make it happen…you can rejuvenate this beautiful town and give it meaning and an economic re-birth. Do not think of the reasons “why not.” Think of the reasons “why” and what Henry Ford, Michigan could become.
~ George Knutson, 272 Sapphire Lake Dr., # 201, Bradenton, FL 34209
Editors note: Mr. Knutson has been single-handedly waging a campaign suggesting a name change for several years. He’s very persistent and now offers $1000 to get a project started to rebuild “The Rotunda”. The Ford Rotunda, was was the 5th most popular tourist destination in the United States in the mid-twentieth century. This futuristic structure received more visits in the 1950s than did the Statue of Liberty. If Mr. Knutson begins a Kickstarter campaign and raises the first million dollars toward rebuilding the Rotunda his idea might really take off.