In 1836, Michigan’s first railroad began operation between Toledo and Adrian. The first trains were pulled by horses. From that humble start, a network covering both of Michigan’s peninsulas grew and prospered. From the mid-1800s to today, mainline railroads have served the state’s industries, and have carried passengers both intrastate and on long-distance journeys. Branch lines and small railroads have served rural areas. While Michigan’s rail network has shrunk in recent decades, the transportation benefit of today’s system continues to be enormous. Five of North America’s eight major railroads operate in Michigan. In this virtual presentation, Historian Bill McKnight will discuss railroads of all eras, illustrating them with maps and photos. He will also tell us about Michigan’s logging railroads and car ferries.
This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Tecumseh-District-Library-192148050127/.