February 8: Chicago
& Grand Trunk Ry. completes line from Valparaiso, Indiana to Chicago,
completing the Grand Trunk's connection between Port Huron and
February 12: Lake Huron &
Southwestern Railway is sold to the Tawas & Bay County Railroad.
April 1: Chicago &
West Michigan opens line from White Cloud to Mud lake. [MRRC]
July 1: Grand Rapids &
Indiana RR began summer-only "dummy trains" to resorts north of
Ann Arbor and Grand Trunk Railway opens line from Ann Arbor to
South Lyon. [MRRC]
Ontonagon & Brule River Railroad chartered to construct a rail
line from Ontonagon southeast to the Wisconsin state line. [MDOT]
September 13: The Port
Huron & Detroit completes its line from Croswell to Sand Beach
(Harbor Beach). [AB]
September 30: Flint & Pere
Marquette opens line from Clare to Harrison. [MRRC]
October 1: Detroit,
Mackinac and Marquette opens line from Marquette to Onota.
Ann Arbor & Grand Trunk Railway is completed between Toledo and
Ann Arbor. [MRRC]
December 31: Michigan
Railroad Mileage Totaled 3,823 miles. [MDOT]
C&NW completes line from
Quennesec to Iron Mountain. [MSL]
The C&NW completes its line into
Florence, WI from the east. [ICHS]
The Detroit, Lansing & Northern
Railroad builds a branch line from Edmore to Remus and later
this year is extended to Big Rapids where a connection is made
with the GR&I. Later
becomes part of the Pere Marquette. [PM45][I&L]
The Saginaw Bay & Northwestern
Railroad builts north from Mt. Forest to Bentley. It comes
under Michigan Central Railroad ownership in 1883.
Shay of Cadillac developed the Shay gear-driven steam
locomotive. From 1800 to 1945, 2,770 Shays were built, chiefly
for logging and mining railroads. [MDOT]
Steam heat is introduced in
passenger cars. [STOV]
Mather introduces the first,
humane stock car. [SAM]
Lima Machine Works builds the
first Shay Locomotive. [SAM]
It was noted that during a large
fire in Negaunee, the fire equipment from Ishpeming was quickly
loaded on railroad cars and taken by a locomotive to the fire.
Streetcar line is extended out
East Jefferson to the city limits, at Grosse Pointe. [DWS]
New (current) depot built at
Chelsea on the Michigan Central with unusual gabled roof.
It is used in 2001 as a community center and museum. [MHM]
The Michigan Central builds a new
stone depot at Lawton. It continues to exist in 2001.
Nationally, there are 93,267
miles of railroad track, 3,938 miles in Michigan. [STOV]
Michigan Central builds a depot
in Niles and Augusta. Still in existence as of 1974.
Grand Trunk builds new depot at
Holly. Continues to exist into 1974.
The most important industries in
Detroit were iron and steel, tobacco products, foundries,
machine shops, meat packing,flour milling, boots and shoes, and
men's clothing. [BOM]