Building still serves as train station in Dowagiac

During the summer of 2016, while on vacation I ventured across the border into Michigan, but not too far. I stopped in Dowagiac and visited the local history museum, quite interesting in itself. Then I walked down the road a bit and looked at the old train station. This building was finished in 1903 for the Michigan Central Railroad. It was the third depot in Dowagiac, replacing one built in the 1870s. Since 1903 it has remained in use as a passenger station because now it serves Amtrak, a high speed rail service. The brick building trimmed in limestone was restored in 1995. It is a beautiful building for sure. When you stop to think for a moment, there aren’t many train station buildings still standing today. Most of them have been torn down. Fortunately a few, such as this one in Dowagiac, are still used today for something.

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Train station in Dowagiac, 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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