Chelsea / Chelsea Depot

Chelsea / Chelsea Depot (HM10ME)

Location: Chelsea, MI 48118 Washtenaw County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.153', W 84° 1.173'

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In the 1830s the Congdon brothers, Elisha and James, settled the land where Chelsea is located. In 1848 they offered the Michigan Central Railroad a free site on which to build a station. The first and succeeding structures were freight stations. The first shipment sent on May 2, 1850, was a barrel of eggs weighing 130 pounds. For a time more wool was shipped from Chelsea than from any other place in the state. Grain, apple, stock, and meat shipments were also large. In 1880 the Michigan Central established Chelsea as a passenger service point. The depot was built with two waiting rooms—the east for women and children, the west for men.

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Chelsea Depot
In 1880, Chelsea was chosen by the Michigan Central Railroad for an experiment in upgrading the appearance of rural stations. Mason and Rice of Detroit were commissioned as the new station's architects. Their design was Victorian, characterized by numerous gables and gingerbread embellishments. This depot served patrons of the Michigan Central until 1975 when the company was taken over by Amtrak. In 1981, Amtrak discontinued service to Chelsea and closed the station. Fearing damage from prolonged neglect in 1985, area citizens formed the Chelsea Depot Association to restore the building. The group purchased the depot that year, and restoration began in 1986.
HM NumberHM10ME
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL1356
Year Placed1988
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 7:37am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 745606 N 4689522
Decimal Degrees42.31921667, -84.01955000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.153', W 84° 1.173'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 9.18" N, 84° 1' 10.38" W
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Area Code(s)734
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 125 Jackson St, Chelsea MI 48118, US
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