Railroad: Central line (State of Michigan)


BuiltCentral line (State of Michigan) → Michigan Central Railroad

Built: 1838

Operated for 8 years by State of Michigan.

Became: Michigan Central in 1846

Reference: [MRRC]


Central railroad announcementNotes

In 1838, the Central line, owned by the State of Michigan, began construction west from downtown Detroit and made it as far as Ypsilanti by the end of the year. This line never prospered and was eventually sold to the newly formed Michigan Central railroad, made up mostly of Boston investors.

The purpose of this line was to open communications with rural areas west of Detroit, transporting passengers and freight from the port of Detroit.

Photo Info: A notice of commencing operations on the Central Railroad in the Detroit Free Press, October 17, 1839. [DFP-1839-1017]


Time Line

1838. Line is built west from Detroit.

1846. State sells railroad to the Michigan Central, a new corporation funded by Boston capitalists.

Railroad: Central line (State of Michigan)


BuiltCentral line (State of Michigan) → Michigan Central Railroad

Built: 1838

Operated for 8 years by State of Michigan.

Became: Michigan Central in 1846

Reference: [MRRC]


Central railroad announcementNotes

In 1838, the Central line, owned by the State of Michigan, began construction west from downtown Detroit and made it as far as Ypsilanti by the end of the year. This line never prospered and was eventually sold to the newly formed Michigan Central railroad, made up mostly of Boston investors.

The purpose of this line was to open communications with rural areas west of Detroit, transporting passengers and freight from the port of Detroit.

Photo Info: A notice of commencing operations on the Central Railroad in the Detroit Free Press, October 17, 1839. [DFP-1839-1017]


Time Line

1838. Line is built west from Detroit.

1846. State sells railroad to the Michigan Central, a new corporation funded by Boston capitalists.

Bibliography

The following sources are utilized in this website. [SOURCE-YEAR-MMDD-PG]:

  • [AAB| = All Aboard!, by Willis Dunbar, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids ©1969.
  • [AAN] = Alpena Argus newspaper.
  • [AARQJ] = American Association of Railroads Quiz Jr. pamphlet. © 1956
  • [AATHA] = Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association newsletter "The Double A"
  • [AB] = Information provided at Michigan History Conference from Andrew Bailey, Port Huron, MI

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