STATISTICS: Miles of
railroads in operations in Michigan this year: 342.
Michigan Southern Railroad reaches Jonesville from Hillsdale.
Autumn: The Michigan
Central Railroad reaches Michigan City from New Buffalo.
November: The Michigan
Central Railroad freight house on the Detroit River is burned in
an arson perpetrated by Grass Lake farmers in retribution for
the railroad's failure to compensate them for livestock which
have been killed by passing trains. [AAD]
December 10: The
Michigan Southern Railroad reaches Coldwater, from Jonesville. [MCR-75/AAD]
Railroad Mileage Totaled 380 miles - 12/31/1850 - [MDOT]
Passenger cars are constructed of
wood, about 50' in length, 9' wide, and carried 50-60
passengers. Cars are illuminated by candles and had
toilets and drinking water at one end. Heat provided by a
wood or coal stove. [STOV]
The MCRR's wooden Ypsilanti depot
is razed, and replaced by its current brick structure.
The GTW builds a Romanesque depot
in Port Huron. The depot, which is situated near the
Bluewater Bridge, was used by Tom Edison to board trains for the
purpose of selling newspapers. The depot continues to
exist as of 1999. [MRP-Vol I]
The Michigan Central builds a
large freight house along the Detroit River. [AAD]
Nationally, there are 9,021 miles
of railroad track. [STOV]
The American Express Company is
formed by the merger of the Wells, Livingston, Fargo and
Butterfield Express companies. [SAM]