Michigan Central Railroad Depot / Michigan Central Railroad Company

Michigan Central Railroad Depot / Michigan Central Railroad Company (HM1AON)

Location: Niles, MI 49120 Berrien County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 50.235', W 86° 15.16'

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Michigan Central Railroad Depot
This Richardsonian Romanesque-style depot was constructed in 1892 by the Michigan Central Railroad Company. Seeking to create a lasting impression of Michigan for passengers traveling to the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the company hired the Detroit firm of Spier and Rohns to design the station. Built mostly of Ohio sandstone, this depot replaced a ramshackle structure that the Niles Daily Star referred to as "the old cockroach repository." The grounds featured a pond and gardens designed by German immigrant John Gipner, who presented roses grown at the station to women arriving in Niles. The depot was showcased in several feature films including, The Continental Divide, Midnight Run, and Only the Lonely.

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Michigan Central Railroad Company
On October 2, 1848, "an era of prosperity" arrived in Niles when the Michigan Central Railroad Company (MCRR) became the first railroad to reach the city. Additional railroad lines soon followed, but by the 1920s, automobiles, buses, and trucks challenged railroads' dominance. During nationwide consolidation in the 1930s, the New York Central Railroad Company assumed control of the MCRR. Branch lines were eliminated, and the transfer of freight operations to Elkhart, Indiana, in 1958 further decreased rail traffic through Niles. Amtrak's arrival in 1974 maintained passenger service to the city and continued Niles' association with the railroad into the twenty-first century.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL1874
Year Placed2009
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 3:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 562050 N 4631976
Decimal Degrees41.83725000, -86.25266667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 50.235', W 86° 15.16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 50' 14.10" N, 86° 15' 9.60" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-599 Dey St, Niles MI 49120, US
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