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I did a search test for Ypsilanti on Wikipedia to find articles that have "Ypsilanti" in the name, and there were some on there, we should transform the Ypsilanti redirect article into a disambiguation for people name Ypsilanti in addition to the city in Michigan. --SuperDude 03:07, 15 May 2005 (UTC)

Ypsilanti was actually established in 1823[edit]

I grew up in Ypsilanti and I can assure you it was established in 1823, not 1825 as your article suggests.

I would also like to add that locals refer to it is "Ypsi" for short.

Tom Monaghan's Domino's Pizza did start in Ypsilanti. When he obtained 3 locations he created his logo. 2 Ann Arbor locations and 1 Ypsilanti location. Thats why the domino in the logo has 2 dots on one section and 1 dot on the other.

During a period the mid 1800's, after the Chicago Road was completed, Ypsilanti was the largest city between Detroit and Chicago. Ypsilanti was the second most populated city in Michigan for a few years in that same time period.

This indicates that there may have been settlers and trading posts in the area before 1825, but that was the date that the plat for what became the city was officially recorded. Perhaps that could be worked in somehow, but exactly what constitutes "establishing" a town is fuzzy. One very important step is platting. olderwiser 20:58, 14 October 2005 (UTC)
The above linked description looks similar to the text of the historical marker pictured here.
Also this from Washtenaw County's About page timeline: "1823: Settlement-About a mile southeast of Ypsilanti, Benjamin Woodruff began the first permanent European settlement."
And from the Ypsilanti Historical Museum, narratives and pictures of a Woodruff's Grove marker, a sesquicentennial plaque, and a Chicago Road Plaque EMU CPA (talk) 12:53, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
The Ypsilanti Historical Society site has an excellent timeline slide presentation, including:
Woodruff's Grove settled and recognized by Governor Cass in 1823, Original Plat was in 1925, Village of Ypsilanti in 1832, and City of Ypsilanti in 1858 after Village of East Ypsilanti incorporated in 1857. EMU CPA (talk) 13:26, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

An anon added that Woodruff's Grove was incorporated as a village. Is there any citation to support this? olderwiser 15:25, 2 January 2006 (UTC)

Fanciest Gents in Southeastern Michigan?[edit]

The article currently says "Ypsilanti was rated by GQ magazine as having the 'Fanciest Gents in Southeastern Michigan.'" but a google search didn't turn anything up with that text aside from this article page. I added a citation request to hopefully get the month and year of the issue of GQ in question. Georgehotelling 19:39, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

I went back to the history and found that the edit was the only one from that IP, so I killed it. Georgehotelling 19:45, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

I suspect of us who have lived there would have no trouble with that edit. Not that I am not considered a pretty sharp dresser among my peers - it's just, well look at how they dress. Carptrash 20:30, 9 February 2006 (UTC).

Cleary moved out long ago[edit]

Cleary University used to be in Pittsfield Twp., neighboring Ypsilanti, but moved to northeast Ann Arbor several years ago. The site of the old Cleary building is now occupied by a Walgreen's. I edited the education section to remove Cleary and add Ave Maria College, which is right next door to Eastern Michigan University. (Ave Maria College is slated to close in conjunction with the establishment a few years ago of Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida.)

Add photos please[edit]

Could someone add a photograph of EMU? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by David A. Victor (talkcontribs) 09:58, December 19, 2006.

I'm all for photos, but we've got to do something about the 3 photos taking up more than half of the small intro section. It just doesn't look right. JPG-GR 07:27, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
I was surprised to see my picture of the bust and the Tower door show up here because I posted it at the Ypsilanti Water Tower article to show one of the crosses. However, I have started moving things around a bit, so see what it looks like on your computer and let's make room for some EMU shots. Carptrash 16:41, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Much better, but I don't know if a picture of Sherzer on fire really works in the article. JPG-GR 18:20, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Feek free to pluck it out. It was just an EMU picture that I'd discovered recently. Carptrash 19:04, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Local media[edit]

Putting WAAM at the top of the radio station list takes the list out of order by band/frequency, but doesn't put it in alphabetic order. Thus, I put it back at the bottom to preserve the original order. Nburden 04:46, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

The Ypsilanti Courier is not headquartered in Belleville anymore. There was a consolidation, and the Western region paper are now run out of the Saline office. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:54, 20 November 2009 (UTC)


i see 2 different pronunciations, the latter being IPA (and stated as) but what is the first one? Ypsilanti is a Greek name, is that a transliteration of the Greek spelling? ...Patrick (talk, cntrb.) 02:00, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

Before I revert the changes[edit]

I think that the commonscat box looks stupid. -- carol 01:08, 13 January 2008 (UTC)


I added a sentence about the Shadow Art Fair at the end of the first culture paragraph. I think it's one of the distinguishing events that happen here in Ypsi, which thankfully doesn't have anything to do with really old cars. I think it could be re-worded to flow more with the paragraph, if anyone feels inspired. Also, do we still feel that the Ypsi arts scene is "underground"? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Five55555 (talkcontribs) 21:42, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Should a page for the "Ypsitucky" controversy be established?[edit]

As you will see from the "Nicknames" section, the controversy over the word Ypsitucky (and whether or not it should still be considered offensive, since the younger generation are trying to claim the name back with pride) this is beginning to hit the media now.

I am wondering whether or not it deserves a page of its own. 8,720 ghits and increasing.

At the very least, the search-term Ypsitucky should be diverted to here in the meantime. Tris2000 (talk) 10:22, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Go for it. Start anaother page and see what happens. Carptrash (talk) 14:35, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
I created Ypsitucky as a redirect to the "Nicknames" section of this article. I'm not sure there are adequate reliable sources is enough to be said about the term to write it as a separate article. cmadler (talk) 18:00, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

More potential references/source material[edit]

FYI, a list of more Ypsilanti-area historical resources in addition to the Historical Society/Museum: EMU CPA (talk) 13:15, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

"Supernatural" TV series[edit]

"Supernatural" TV series part 8 in 3rd series took place in this town ("A Very Supernatural Christmas" was the title). Maybe it could be added to "In popular culture" section? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:53, 18 August 2009 (UTC)

Three Christs of Ypsilanti[edit]

I remember from sociology (a while back, I admit) the famed study (late 40s early 50s, I believe) of the Three Christs of Ypsilanti, a study of three men of the city who each believed himself to be Jesus Christ. In an experiment, the three were introduced to each other to see what effect this would have on the delusion. Characteristically, each of the three understood and forgave the other two for impersonating him (Him?). If verifiable sources can be found linking this, does it deserve mention or inclusion here? (talk) 03:17, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

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Oh right, it's so easy to pronounce that mess of indecipherable characters, and I'm SURE everyone visiting this page will want take time to study the decryption page trying to figure it out. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:8:9F80:53E:414E:9AF3:548A:EBE9 (talk) 01:21, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

True. If there is an audio somewhere of the correct (most common) pronunciation, the page could link to it. (talk) 03:09, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Rosie the Riveter[edit]

This is a quick note about an overlooked matter on the Ypsilanti page. We can discuss the phallic buildings but not about Rosie the Riveter. Although there is specific uncertainty about the factual identity of Rosie, there is mass agreement that she did indeed work in Ypsilanti off the Willow Run exit. If this information is not added soon, than I will do the necessary research with citations. I am merely surprised that under the lists of famous people from Ypsi or the history section there is no mention of Rosie the Riveter. Whether or not this person was real, the history and debate is. Thus, it is necessary to have some mention of Rosie the Riveter on the Ypsilanti page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jmrandal1711 (talkcontribs) 17:29, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

The Tridge merged[edit]

Yes check.svg Done Merged. - Denimadept (talk) 21:24, 8 November 2014 (UTC)