Railroad: Grand River Valley Railroad Company
This road, from Jackson to Grand Rapids was opened in 1870. It was 83.79 miles long with 17.01 miles of sidings and spur tracks. It was standard gauge. It was 22 years from being chartered until it was built.
Built → Grand River Valley Railroad → Michigan Central Railroad
Built: 1870 from Rives Junction to Grand Rapids.
Became: Michigan Central when line was completed in 1870.
This was a construction railroad first charted in 1846 but not built until 1868 (to Eaton Rapids). This line used the Jackson, Lansing & Saginaw from Rives Junction south to Jackson.
1864. Obtained trackage rights on the JL&S between Jackson and Rives Jct. [MRRC].
1868. Line opened northwest to Eaton Rapids, and in 1870 to Grand Rapids. [MRRC]
1870. The line was leased for life (999 years) to the Michigan Central railroad.
1894. The line was reincorporated.
1916: Merged into MCRR.