🔒 History behind Michigan’s Giant Uniroyal Tire on I-94

Local 4′s Rod Meloni shares memory of riding old Ferris wheel

DETROIT – If you’ve driven through Southeast Michigan any time in the last 50 years, you’ve surely noticed a giant sized tire sitting on I-94.

The Uniroyal Tire has been a staple of Metro Detroit, sitting on Interstate 94 in Allen Park, since 1966.

The Giant Tire was created as a Ferris wheel for the 1964 New York World's Fair. When the fair ended in 1965, the tire was sent to Detroit where it was reassembled as a static display outside a Uniroyal office.

The sales office eventually closed, but the tire remained.

Alex Atwell featured the tire on Live in the D’ Uniquely Detroit, which features Local 4′s Rod Meloni sharing his experience actually riding the Ferris wheel.

Watch the story below:

About the Authors:

Rod Meloni is an Emmy Award-winning Business Editor on Local 4 News and a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional.

Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / ClickOnDetroit.com. He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.