Below are some important facts about Ypsilanti that you can use to pass our Ypsilanti City of the Week Quiz!
Where did they come up with the name Ypsilanti???
Ypsilanti was named after Greek General Demetrious Ypsilanti (1793-1832), who was a hero in the Greek War for independence.
What was there first?
Ypsilanti grew from where a Native American trail crossed the Huron River. Ypsilanti became a transportation hub due to being located on the road to Chicago (later called Michigan Avenue) as well as a major stage coach stop and train station.
Two Cool for School?
Ypsilanti is home to two colleges, Eastern Michigan University (Founded 1852) and Cleary College (founded 1883). Each college is still educating thousands of students in South East Michigan.
Thirsty in Ypsilanti?
Ypsilanti built a 250,000 gallon water tower in 1890 that still remains as the town’s most recognizable landmark. It has a nickname that that includes what it is made out of, and what body part it resembles. If you really want to know what they call it, you can ask Donielle Flynn!
Elvis sighted in Ypsilanti?
Ypsilanti is home to The Michigan ElvisFest, an annual two-day festival held in July in Riverside Park and Depot Town. ElvisFest has grown to be the largest Elvis festival in North America, attended by approximately 10,000 fans each year.