Timeline - 1844

  • June 25: The Central road reaches Albion from Jackson. [MCR-75]

  • August 12: The Central line reaches Marshall from Albion. [MCR-75/AAD]

  • Autumn: The Detroit & Milwaukee extends their road from Birmingham to Pontiac. [MCR-75]. Dated by other sources as July 4, 1843.


  • The Palmyra & Jacksonburg Railroad sells their road from Palmyra to Tecumseh to the State of Michigan. The state united it with the southern road, calling it the Tecumseh branch. [LS]

  • The Central line's extension from the depot at Michigan and Woodward to the river wharf is abandoned due to little use. [HWC]

  • Wells and Company establishes a freight express office in Marshall, one of the first such offices in Michigan. [AAD]

  • William Austin Burt discovers iron ore at Negaunee, MI. [IOHT]


Timeline Key:

  • Railroad event in Michigan
  • Event relating to mining
  • Event related to car ferries
  • Event outside of Michigan
  • Improvement in Technology
  • Railroad built or extended
  • Railroad abandoned and/or removed
  • Economic panic or depression