Station: Ionia, MI

GTW Ionia MI Depot GTW Ionia MI Depot GTW Ionia MI Depot GTW Ionia MI Depot PM Ionia MI Freight HouseIonia was established about 1831. It became the county seat of Ionia County. The village was incorporated in 1865 and it became a city in 1873. [MPN]

Ionia was a crossing of two railroads, the Pere Marquette line from Grand Ledge to Howard City and the east-west Grand Trunk Western from Owosso to Grand Rapids.

The Pere Marquette line through town was originally their main route from Detroit northwest, until a new line was created from Grand Ledge to Grand Rapids. The PM had a very large, ornate depot here.

The PM and GTW crossed here with the crossing protected by a derail (on the PM) and a target with switch lamp.

Photo Info/Credit: Top, An early postcard view of the GTW depot in Ionia. 2nd, A photo the the same depot with the larger Pere Marquette depot in the background. Note the PM train at their station. [Alan Loftis collection]. 3rd photo, a more recent photo of the GTW depot. [Alan Loftis] 4th photo, the same depot photographed in 1975. [Charlie Whipp]. 5th photo, the PM freight house in Ionia in 1976. [Charles Geletzke Jr.].

1879 improvements: A new coal house and derrick was built here by the DL&N. [DL&N-1879]

1889 scales. The DL&N installed a new 24-foot track scale at Ionia. [DL&N-1889]

1890 improvements. The DL&N laid a new floor in their machine shop; a brass foundry was built; the freight house was repaired and painted and the passenger house was repaired. [DL&N-1890]

1905 improvements: The PM builds a ice house at Ionia to replace one that was destroyed by fire. [PMAR-1905]

The Pere Marquette in Ionia had a 60' hand operated turntable, still in place as of 1942.