Gateway to Nature

Gateway to Nature (HM1ZG6)

Location: West Bloomfield Township, MI 48324 Oakland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 35.204', W 83° 21.336'

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at the Orchard Lake Beach Trolley Stop

Many Detroiters escaped to nature on the trolleys
of the Detroit United Railway (DUR) in the early 1900s. The Orchard Lake Beach stop was located here, where the parallel Grand Trunk Railroad and DUR trolley tracks crossed Orchard Lake Road. It was a very popular stop for people enjoying day trips to Orchard Lake for swimming and picnicking. The DUR highlighted local attractions by building trolley stops at lakes, resorts and amusement parks. Over time, the trolley cars became more luxurious, featuring ornate interiors and dining cars. Fares averaged a penny a mile and the electric trolleys could reach fifty miles per hour.

You Auto Know
Because the elecctric trolleys operated quietly, accidents sometimes occurred with surprised people and other vehicles.
HM NumberHM1ZG6
Series This marker is part of the series
Placed ByMotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, July 6th, 2017 at 6:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 306712 N 4717613
Decimal Degrees42.58673333, -83.35560000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 35.204', W 83° 21.336'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 35' 12.24" N, 83° 21' 20.16" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)248
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near W Bloomfield Trail, West Bloomfield Township MI 48324, US
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