Erie and Kalamazoo Rail Road / Rail Road

Erie and Kalamazoo Rail Road / Rail Road (HMIHU)

Location: Blissfield, MI 49228 Lenawee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 50.181', W 83° 52.262'

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[Front side of Marker]:Erie and Kalamazoo Rail Road

The first railway in the Northwest Territory, the Erie and Kalamazoo Rail Road linked the east coast with the Michigan Territory and points westward. The E&K was chartered on April 22, 1833, to connect present-day Toledo, Ohio, with the Kalamazoo River; however, the track never reached beyond Adrian. The first train arrived in Adrian on October 1, 1836. In 1837 the E&K contracted for the transport of "the Great Western Mail." From 1852 to 1857 the line, then part of the Michigan Southern Railroad, was a link in an early rail route from the east coast to Chicago. As part of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern, the New York Central, the Penn Central, and the Conrail systems, the E&K carried passengers until November 1956.

[Reverse side of Marker]:Rail Road

Blissfield was once a stop on the Erie and Kalamazoo Rail Road, the first passenger railway in the Northwest Territory. On October 1, 1836, the first train, a horse-drawn, wooden car running on iron strips spiked to oak rails, left Toledo and traveled the thirty-three miles to Adrian. Advertisements in the Toledo Blade boasted that the train saved travelers two days in their trip to Adrian, where they connected with coaches bound for Michigan City, Chicago, and the Wisconsin Territory. Passengers paid $2.25 for a full ticket in the "pleasure car." In June 1837 the E&K replaced horse power with a locomotive. The E&K existed as a leased railroad and paid dividends to investors for more than 125 years.
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HM NumberHMIHU
Series This marker is part of the Erie & Kalamazoo Railroad series, and the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series.
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Marker Number1146B
Year Placed2001
Placed ByMichigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 6:25pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 261608 N 4635592
Decimal Degrees41.83635000, -83.87103333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 50.181', W 83° 52.262'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 50' 10.86" N, 83° 52' 15.72" W
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Area Code(s)517
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 436 Beagle Rd, Blissfield MI 49228, US
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