Timeline - 1856

  • July 1: Detroit, Monroe & Toledo Railroad completes its Detroit-Toledo line.  It is acquired in 1856 by the Michigan Southern. [MDOT/MRRC/AAD]

  • July 1: The Detroit & Milwaukee reaches Owosso from Fentonville. [MCR-75]

  • December: The Michigan Central and the Detroit, Monroe & Toledo Railroad reach an agreement which allows the MC to use the west side of the DM&T's route from West Detroit to Milwaukee Jct. for the purpose of building a branch to Bay City.  That option was activated on May 8, 1973. [EMR4]

  • December: The Detroit Free Press reports that rail service between Detroit and Monroe has began.  [EMR4]

  • The Detroit & Milwaukee  reaches Owosso from Fentonville. [AAD]


  • Detroit & Milwaukee RR arrives at Durand. [MHM]

  • Charlotteville Lumber Co. builds 7 mile long line in Berrien County (T6S R19W). Abandoned in 1870. [MRRC]

  • Bay de Noquet and Marquette Railroad completes line from Marquette to just beyond Ishpeming. [SSJB]

  • Michigan receives first federal railroad land grant. 3.8 million acres contributed by Federal government, joined with 1.7 million acres added by State of Michigan. [MDOT]

  • The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern builds its first depot in Hudson, west of Adrian. It is a one-story frame structure. It was replaced in 1856, and was moved down the road to Cadmus. [NYC-Q1/1996]

  • The Central Mining Company begins extraction and stamping of copper in Central, Michigan. It continues until 1898. Central reaches a population of 1,200 in 1883. [BOM]

  • The Robinson, Russell & Company, freight car manufacturers, build shops on Croghan Street (now Monroe Avenue). [HWC]

  • First railroad bridge spans the Mississippi River at Davenport, Iowa. [STOV]

  • Railroads begin experimenting with passenger car seats that recline, a for-runner to the sleeping car. [AAD]

  • Quincy Mine, on the hill north of Hancock opens. "Old Reliable" stays open until September 1, 1945. [MSL]

  • The first bridge across the Mississippi River is completed by the Chicago & Rock Island railroad at Davenport, Iowa. [AARQJ]

 


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