Former interurban station in Coloma

Last summer I visited Coloma, Michigan, while on vacation one week. I attended an interesting program at the history museum there about an interurban line serving Coloma. While in Coloma, I stopped to get pics of this old building. It was built in 1910 by the Benton Harbor-St. Joe Railway and Light Company. It served passengers and freight on the interurban line for the next 18 years until 1928. The station’s transformer provided the first source of electricity for Coloma. This railway allowed people to travel to Chicago, especially in the summer. Fruit was also carried from the area to Benton Harbor and from there it was shipped overnight to Chicago for the morning market. Between 1928 and 1933 the building was used as an electrical substation. I’m not sure if the building is used for anything now. I do know it is located in a park and there is a historical marker sign affixed to the building.

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Former interurban station in Coloma, 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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