Former train station still standing in Three Oaks Michigan

During the pinnacle of railroad transportation one thing you could pretty much count on was seeing a train station even in a small town. Before the automobile, what came in or left a town was often by rail. Some of those old railroad depots still stand, such as this one in Three Oaks, Michigan. It’s a small town in southern Michigan off U.S. Highway 12. The brick depot was originally built in about 1898 by the Michigan Central Railroad. It was part of a railway line with service to Chicago as was the case for many of the railroad lines in northern Indiana or southern Michigan. By the early 1950s railroad passenger service had started to dwindle and completely stopped in 1959. But until then, if someone wanted to get to Detroit, for example, from one of the small towns in southern Michigan they could board a train and get there the same day. Several businesses have used the depot since it was sold to private interests. When this photo was taken in the summer of 2014, it was occupied by a business.

Former railroad depot in Three Oaks, Michigan.

Former railroad depot in Three Oaks, Michigan.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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