Abraham Cook purchased this area, now known as Indian Village, from two French farmers, Gabriel St. Aubin and Francois Rivard, during the first decades of the nineteenth century. The vicinity, known as the Cook Farms, was a race track from 1836 to 1893. In 1894 Cook's heirs subdivided the property and named it Indian Village. The first home was built 1895 and Indian Village developed into a distinctive single family residential community of over 300 homes representing a diversity of popular styles of the late 1800s to early 1900s. Due to the unique combination, Indian Village is one of the most significant neighborhoods in present-day Detroit. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.