The Township of Orange, one of Macomb’s original townships, was changed to Erin Township in 1843. It has been said this change took place owing to the great number of Irish Catholics settled in the area. They presumably found the name “Orange” distasteful, as the Orangemen of Ireland, named after King William of Orange, were traditionally Protestants from Northern Ireland.
In October of 1897, the name Halfway was coined for the post office and stage coach stop that was established there by Herman Hummrich at the Fort Gratiot Turnpike and 9 Mile Road. The village was so named as it was halfway between Detroit and Mount Clemens.
The incorporation of the Village of Halfway was officially changed to the city of East Detroit on Jan. 7, 1929 by a vote of the people
Beginning in the 1980s, George Lawroski was the leader of a movement to change the suburb's name, stating the name’s association with Detroit lowered property values in the city.
On July 1, 1992, the city of East Detroit became the city of Eastpointe by charter amendment subsequent to a majority vote of the electorate. They adopted the slogan “An old city with a new name.”
Cynthia S. Donahue is a historian for Macomb County Facilities and Operations. This article was featured inMacomb Matters in April 2017.