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City Hall: 3869 W. Jefferson Ave., Ecorse, MI 48229; 1-313-386-2520  

Origin of name:  Ecorse is the oldest Downriver community. The original "ribbon farms" granted by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac to French pioneers extended from above Lake St. Clair to the Ecorse River. The village, which later became Ecorse, first was called "Grand Port." It was established on a Wyandot Indian site and burial ground at the close of the War of 1812. The eventual name, Ecorse, came from its location at the mouth of a little stream known to the French as "Riviere Aux Echorches" (Bark River) because of the number of birch trees along the banks where Indians made their canoes and wigwams.

Area:  2.7 square miles

Major employer:  U.S. Steel-Great Lakes Works

Population:  9,343

Web Address:


Mayor: Lamar Tidwell; 1-313-386-2410  

Clerk: Dana Hughes; 1-313-386-2520, ext. 4  

Treasurer: Doris Young; 1-313-386-2520 ext. 3  

Council: Brenda Banks, Nathaniel Elem, Robert Hellar Jr., Gary Sammons and Donald Agee Jr.; 1-313-386-2410  
Terms of all elected officials will expire in 2017. The general election is on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.


Assessor: Robert Hellar Sr.; 1-313-386-2400  

Building: Jim Wright; 1-313-386-3636  

City Attorney: Logan, Huchla and Wycoff Law Firm (313) 386-2410; 1-313-294-3728  

Constables: George Hughes and Rashad Jones  

Public Works: Kevin Lawrence; 1-313-294-3731  

Recreation: Joe Passalacqua; 1-313-598-4766