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Michigan Central Railroad - Niles Station

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Topic Railroads
Image Source Photo by Wayne Harsh
Image Notes This train station is located at 588 Dey St. in Niles, Michigan. It was built in 1893 to impress travelers who stopped here on their way to the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.
Time Period 19th Century
Image Date September, 2004
Keywords Michigan Central Railroad

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Historical Background Michigan Central Railroad, started in 1832, was the first railroad to cross Michigan. In 1848 the first passenger arrived in Niles, which was the last stop before Chicago. Passengers were taken by wagon to a riverboat on the St. Joseph River. At St. Joseph, Michigan passengers caught a lake ship to Chicago. In 1919 a classification yard was built where trains were disassembled and reassembled. By 1928 the railroad employed 1600 people, and in 1935 it merged with the New York Central Railroad.

The station is now used by Amtrak passenger trains.

From display material at the Fort St. Joseph Museum in Niles, Michigan.

For more information see the book title below.
Books & Videos "Tales of Early Niles" by Ralph Ballard; 1948

Newspaper Articles
Websites Michigan Railroads

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