Timeline - 1876

  • Depression continues.

  • August: The LS&MS ceases to assign specific engines to individual engineers. [LS]

  • Fall: Chicago & Lake Huron completes line between Flint and Lansing, making a through line from Port Huron to Valparaiso, Indiana. [IT-10/1972]

  • Paw Paw RR merged with the Toledo & South Haven RR. [PMHS]

  • Flint & Pere Marquette builds a pile dock and an adjacent warehouse to expedite privately owned break-bulk boat service that had started in 1874. All freight was transferred by hand from freight cars to the ships and vise versa. This sort of service was continued during the period from 1876-1882. [COHS-8/1997]

  • Russell Wheel and Foundry Co. established by George H. and Walter S. Russel. Their father, George B. Russell, founded Hamtramck's Iron Works to manufacture first car wheels in the West. [DWS]

  • Congress establishes the standard rate for transportation and handling mail on land-grant railroads at 50%of regular rates for governmental passengers, and 80% of normal postal rates. These were eliminated in 1940.  [AAD]

  • Detroit's population is 101,225. [D18]

  • Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone. [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