Timeline - 1853

  • May 29: Kalamazoo's Michigan Central Station is destroyed by fire when two drunks upset a stove in a blind pig two doors away. The fire was beyond the capabilities of the Fire Department to extinguish. An intervening thunderstorm is credited with saving the town.  [MT]

  • George B. Russell and other parties secure premises on Gratiot Road in Detroit and manufacture twenty-five cars for the Detroit & Pontiac Railway. This was the first railroad car builder west of Albany, New York. This later becomes the Robinson, Russell & Company, and later the Detroit Car & Manufacturing Company.  [HWC]

  • New York Central Railroad is organized in New York.

  • The Michigan Southern Railroad moves it's Chicago depot to the new Rock Island Depot on Van Buren between Clark and Sherman.  Both roads share in the operation of the depot.  [AAD]

  • The duplex telegraph is invented.  [SAM]


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