January 9: The
Michigan Southern Railroad reaches LaPorte, Indiana from South
February 20: Michigan
Southern Railroad "Old Road" reaches South Chicago at a depot on Twelth Street.
March: The MS&NI constructs
a freight house, car shop, blacksmith shop and engine house at
LaPorte, Indiana, making it a principle station of their Western
May 21: Michigan
Central Railroad reaches Chicago and uses the Illinois Central
depot, a practice which continued for almost 100 years. [MCR-75/MDOT/AAD]
A 4-mile long railroad is built
from White Pigeon north to Constantine by the Kalamazoo & White
Pigeon. It is leased to
the Lakeshore in 1864. [MCR-75/AAD]
May 22: Michigan
Southern Railroad reaches Chicago from South Chicago. [MCR-75/DWS]
May 31: The Detroit and
Pontiac Railway, having been "T"-railed to Pontiac, opens for
service. The Detroit terminal is located at dock property
which the railroad had purchased at the foot of Brush Street.
Until this time, the railroad deadended at Gratiot Avenue.
strap rails eliminated on state railroads. [MDOT]
Michigan Central passenger trains
operate at 18 miles per hour. [AAD]
The Danforth, Cooke &
Company is founded and builds steam-powered rotary snowplows.
Minesota (spelled with
one "n") mine opens. [MSL]