Oxford, Michigan

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Oxford is a village in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,540 at the 2000 census. The village is located within Oxford Charter Township. The village occupies one square mile and is both politically and geographically a part of the township. The village calls itself sister city to Oxford, England.

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Culture of Oxford

Oxford is 47 miles north of Detroit, Michigan, and emanates a small-town feeling. The village center consists of shops, restaurants, and taverns stretching for two blocks. Notable establishments that have made cultural contributions to Oxford are The North Oakland Historical Museum,[4] which showcases some of the region's history, Williams Art Glass Studio, The Ox Bar and Grill, Sweet and Savory Bake Shop and Choo Choo's Chocolate. Local happenings such as athletic events, downtown fairs, scarecrow competitions, school plays, and concerts garner a large turnout throughout the year and are reported in the weekly newspaper of record since 1898, The Oxford Leader. The area's public high school, Oxford High School, was newly expanded in 2003-2004 and now holds the title of the largest single-floor high school in the state of Michigan.[citation needed]

Notable residents

Eric Ghiaciuc, a football player for the New England Patriots, was born in Oxford on May 28, 1981. Other Oxford High graduates to have played in the NFL are Mike Lantry (University of Michigan / Dallas Cowboys), Chris Gambol (University of Iowa / Indianapolis Colts) and Dave Rayner (Michigan State University / Indianapolis Colts). 1964 Oxford grad Jim Bates (University of Tennessee) has been a long time NFL defensive coach (Packers, Broncos, Dolphins and Bucs) as well as being Miami's head coach for 8 games in 2004.

Was once home to Brace Beemer, radio's Lone Ranger.

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