Iron Horse

Iron Horse (HM200J)

Location: Mackinaw City, MI 49701 Cheboygan County
Country: United States of America

N 45° 46.876', W 84° 43.501'

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Mackinaw City Historical Pathway

The long-anticipated railroads finally arrived in the Straits in 1881 and 1882. Their arrival, originally expected before the Civil War, was delayed by the War and then by shifting priorities. Once here, they brought many jobs, many visitors, and many opportunities.

Three railroads arrived at the Straits simultaneously:
  The Michigan Central from Detroit along the eastern side of the state,
  The Grand Rapids & Indiana along the western side from Fort Wayne,
  The Mackinac & Marquette from Marquette to St. Ignace.

In 1924, at the height of the Iron Horse, there were nine passenger trains arriving and nine departing daily, as well as numerous freight trains.

The Michigan Central Railroad Tourist Guide of 1883 said:

"The Mackinaw Union Depot at Mackinaw City under the management of Albert Maxwell is one of the finest railroad hotels and eating houses in the United States. It is called, in honor of the late general passenger agent of the Michigan Central Railroad, the Wentworth House and is finished, furnished and conducted in as elegant style as the most fastidious and epicurean tourist could ask or wish. It contains ticket offices, waiting rooms, parlors, suites of apartments and a grand dining hall with every convenience and comfort that ingenuity and taste could
suggest or money procure."


Because Mackinaw was the northern end of the line for the locomotives, they had to be turned around. This [lower right] is a photo of the roundhouse where the engines were placed on a very large lazy susan and swiveled. Today Burger King stands in this location.
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HM NumberHM200J
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Date Added Friday, July 21st, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 676848 N 5072262
Decimal Degrees45.78126667, -84.72501667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 46.876', W 84° 43.501'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 46' 52.56" N, 84° 43' 30.06" W
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Area Code(s)231, 906
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 131 N Huron Ave, Mackinaw City MI 49701, US
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