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     The City of Lapeer is the county seat for Lapeer County.  Lapeer was settled in 1831 and became a city in 1869 [MPN].  The City was the location of the crossing of the Michigan Central's line from Detroit to Bay City, and the Grand Trunk Western's main line from Port Huron to Flint.  These lines crossed at Lapeer Jct.  The Lapeer House (see Other Photographs), was also located at Lapeer  Junction.  In the early years, the hotel served passengers of both railroads, with both food and lodging.

     The Grand Trunk came to Lapeer first, in December, 1871, followed by the Detroit & Bay City in November, 1872.  The latter route became the Michigan Central and later the New York Central and Penn Central.  The MC also had a branch line to North Branch (called the Lapeer & Northern) which was built in 1872. 

     The Lapeer & Northern branch was removed in 1883, and the Penn Central line was removed in 1976.  The GTW line remains today as an active main line that also has daily Amtrak service.  It is now under Canadian National ownership.

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