History behind Michigan's Uniroyal Giant Tire on I-94

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

By Alex Atwell - Photojournalist, Rod Meloni - Reporter, CFP ®, Ken Haddad

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 this week, which features Local 4's Rod Meloni sharing his experience actually riding the Ferris wheel. 

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