Timeline - 1884

  • January 1: Grand Trunk (Michigan Air Line Ry.) opens line from Ridgeway to Jackson. [MRRC]

  • January: Menominee Branch Railroad completes line from Menominee to Green Bay. [MRRC]

  • Mid: Saginaw & Mt. Pleasant RR (F&PM) converted to standard gauge. [PMHS]

  • Mid: Saginaw, Tuscola & Huron RR builds a 9 miles to Bay Port. [PMHS]

  • June 9: Marquette and Western completes line from Marquette to Ishpeming.  (Later leased to DSS&A). [MRRC]

  • June 27: The Ann Arbor Railroad is completed as far north as St. Louis. [AAD]

  • July 19: Paris & Pere Marquette River Railroad opens 3'1" line from Upper Paris west 16 miles. Abandoned in 1889. [MRRC]

  • August: Toledo, Ann Arbor & North Michigan opens like from Owosso to St. Louis. [MRRC]

  • November: Paddlewheel car ferry "Lansdowne" began more than 90 years of crossings between Detroit and Windsor, the longest service of any railroad car ferry in the world. [MDOT]

  • November: Michigan's first mechanical interlocking plant was installed at Wasepi at the crossing of Grand Rapids & Indiana and Michigan Central Railroads. [MDOT]


  • Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western Ry. opens line from Watersmeet to Ironwood. [MRRC]

  • Potts Salt and Lumber Co. opens line from McKinley southwesterly 14 miles. [MRRC]

  • First railroad service to Ironwood started by Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Ry. Co. [MDOT]

  • Cadillac & Northeastern opens 3' private logging railroad from 10 miles in length, from Cadillac to NW corner of Lake Missaukee. [MRRC]

  • Gogebic Range is opened for iron mining, the last range developed in Michigan.  It became a major iron producer on both the Michigan and Wisconsin sides of the river. [MSL]

  • Grand Trunk builds depot at Gaines and Morrice. Depots continues to exist as of 1974. [IT-12/1974]

  • Saginaw, Tuscola and Huron Railroad builds a new board and batten depot in Elkton in 1884. The depot continues to exist in 1999, though it has been moved to a site downtown. [MRP-I]


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