Today was Shiver on the River at the Aquarium on Belle Isle but Mother Nature decided to leave a little gift for us and I didn't feel like heading down to Detroit in that. So I decided to stick around town today and I was feeling kind of bummed about that but then I remembered that there are some pretty cool photo subjects around here.
The Michigan Central itself was incorporated in 1846 to establish rail service between Detroit and St. Joseph. It then connected to Chicago by ship. It started as the Detroit and St. Joseph in 1831. The railroad ran into problems acquiring cheap land and had to be bailed out by the city of Detroit and the State of Michigan in 1837. At this time, it was named the Central Railroad of Michigan. By 1840, the railroad ran out of money after reaching Dexter, MI. In 1846, the railroad was sold to Michigan Central after reaching Kalamazoo. Eventually the railroad would reach Chicago.
It's kind of a shame to not see some of the great names of American history anymore but at least some of the railroads are maintaining the history of these old railroads. I would love to see one of the Norfolk-Southern heritage trains find its way to this area.