Dexter Depot / Track Pans

Dexter Depot / Track Pans (HM114B)

Location: Dexter, MI 48130 Washtenaw County
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N 42° 20.406', W 83° 53.034'

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Dexter Depot
The Michigan Central Railroad reached Dexter from Detroit on July 4, 1841, just after Dexter's first depot was completed. Frederick H. Spier of Detroit designed the present depot, which was completed in record time. Work began on November 6, 1886, and at noon on January 19, 1887, the station opened. The plantings for the grounds came from railroad greenhouses at Niles and Ypsilanti. The depot had two waiting rooms, a ticket office and a baggage room. Passenger service ended at the Dexter depot in 1953.

Track Pans
Kinnear, located two miles west of Dexter was the site of Michigan's first railroad track water pans, which were built in 1901. The pans were situated between the rails and heated during cold weather. Steam locomotives scooped up the water as they moved over the pans. The Kinnear pans and telegraph station were named after Wilson S. Kinnear, chief engineer of the Detroit River Railroad tunnel. In 1913 the pan were dismantled and moved to Four Mile Lake between Dexter and Chelsea.
HM NumberHM114B
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL1303
Year Placed1987
Placed ByState Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 11:54am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 262428 N 4691567
Decimal Degrees42.34010000, -83.88390000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 20.406', W 83° 53.034'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 20' 24.36" N, 83° 53' 2.04" W
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Area Code(s)734
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3458 Broad St, Dexter MI 48130, US
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