Timeline - 1907

  • June 29: D&M leases Alabaster Branch (4 miles) to Erie & Michigan Railway and Navigation Company. Lease continues until January, 1948. [HI/MRRC]

  • July 20: Michigan's worst railroad accident, a head-on collision of two Pere Marquette trains east of Salem due to misread train orders, kills 30 persons.  [MDOT]

  • December 4: Pere Marquette RR relinquishes control of the Toledo Railway & Terminal Co. [PMHS]


    December 7: A skip carrying 10 miners falls in the Rolling Mill Mine near Negaunee killing all.
  • Ann Arbor RR builts a 100-room hotel in Frankfort, known as the Hotel Frontenac. [MDOT]

  • The Keweenaw Central RR is completed to Mandan from Calumet, most northerly railroad in Michigan. [MDOT]

  • The Michigan Railroad Commission is created. [MDOT]

  • The Detroit & Mackinac Ry. begins construction of their branch from Alpena (Hillman Jct.) to Hillman. [WK]

  • MM&N moves its round house and shops from South Manistique to Manistique itself, just north of the depot and office building on Deer Street.  The roundhouse is enlarged to six stalls. [AATHA-W/1990]

  • Grand Trunk builds depots in West Bay City, Kalamazoo and Port Huron. [IT-12/79][IT-12/1974]

  • Grand Trunk builds depot at Pigeon.  Depot continues to exist into 1974. [IT-12/1974]

  • The Huron Portland Cement plant at Alpena begins production. [GW]

  • The Pere Marquette builds a new wooden depot in Hemlock.  It is later moved to Saginaw to house a museum. [MRP-I]

  • The PO&N builds a replacement depot at Cass City, a block structure which is almost identical in design to the wooden depot it replaced. [IT-5/80]

  • The Wisconsin & Michigan acquire trackage rights on the Milwaukee Road between Quinnesec and Iron Mountain. [MW]

  • Michigan Limestone & Chemical Co. opens a private line to its quarry near Rogers City. [NK/MRRC]

  • Pere Marquette Railroad retires it's last narrow gauge locomotive, a 4-4-0 "D". [PMHS]

  • The Packard Motor Company opens a plant on Chalmers Avenue. [BOM]

  • The railroad car building business reaches it's peak in Detroit, employing over 9,000 men with an annual production value of $28 million.  Two big freight car plants build 100 cars a day in Detroit. [HWC]

 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