There's a story behind the giant tire in Allen Park

By Steve Garagiola - Reporter/Anchor

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Chances are you've driven past a landmark countless times and never even given it a second thought, but there's a story behind the now-iconic symbol in Metro Detroit.

Every day, we welcome thousands of visitors to Metro Detroit, and as they drive along I-94 from the airport it's impossible not to notice one thing in particular in Allen Park: the giant tire.

Steve Frey started doing some research and eventually wrote a book about it. The tire stands 80 feet high and weighs 11 tons. It has stood alongside eastbound I-94 in Allen Park since 1966 but that's not where the story begins.

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