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City of Ypsilanti: Fact Sheet

In 1809, three French explorers built a log structure on the west bank of an Indian trading post and was one of the earliest structures in the vast, sparsely populated Michigan territory, whose citizens, including soldiers, at first, numbered just 4,762. Gabriel Godfrey, proprietor of the trading post, was followed in 1823 by Benjamin Woodruff who, along with several companions, established a small settlement on the river a mile south of the post and named it Woodruff's Grove, the first settlement in Washtenaw County.

In 1824, Father Gabriel Richard, Representative in Congress for the Michigan Territory, urged the building of a federal highway from Detroit to Chicago, to be known as the Chicago Road. In 1825, three prominent settlers, Judge Woodward, John Stewart and William Harwood, combined their own land to form the original plat for a new settlement at the crossing of the Huron River and Chicago Road. It was named after the Greek Patriot General Demetrius Ypsilanti. The city developed as stage coach stop, railway center for the trade between Chicago and Detroit.

 4.2 square miles
 22,362 (2000 census)
Household Income
 $28,610 (2000 Census in 1999 Dollars)
Per Capita Income
 $13,559 (2000 Census in 1999 Dollars)
Fun Facts 68% of commuters drove alone to work in 2000, up 3% in 10 years
  56 miles of streets (2.3 miles of freeway, 20 miles of major streets, 33 miles of local streets)
  11,956 registered voters
  Incorporated as a village in 1832
  Incorporated as a city in 1858
Frog Island Music Festival
Washtenaw Community College
Eastern Michigan University
Miller Motor Sales Museum
Ypsi Auto, Truck and Fire Museum