Garden City's 85th Anniversary as a City

In December 1933, the big step was taken to incorporate Garden City into a city, having an area of 5.8 miles with a population of 2,500. A charter was adopted that year that provided for a mayor-council non-partisan form of Government. Garden City's first Mayor was Arnold Folker.

Visit the Garden City Historical Museum in the Straight Farmhouse on Merriman Road Wednesday and Saturdays Noon-3 pm to learn much more.

Downtown GC 1940s
Middlebelt Road, looking south, just north of Ford Road in the 1940's.

1927:  Garden City was incorporated as a village and received electricity from Detroit Edison.|
1929: Garden City was connected to the Detroit water system.
1930: Garden City opened its first bank, the Garden City State Bank.
1931: Post Office opened in Garden City
1933: Incorporated as a City.
1951: Garden City High School dedicated.
1959: First Little Caesars ever opened in Garden City.
1961: Jaycees put on first Santaland Parade.
1962: First K Mart ever opened in Garden City.
1965: Current City Hall opens.