Station: Tecumseh, MI

LSMS Tecumseh Station DTM Bridge Tecumseh MI Tecumseh was settled about 1824 and was the first county seat of Lenawee County from 1826 to 1837. The town became a village in 1837 and a city in 1953.

The town was home to three different railroads. The E&K's Tecumseh Branch came through here in the 1840's and was later absorbed by the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and renamed the Jackson Branch for its new terminus to the north. The Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee came through here next in the 1880's on its line from Allegan to Dundes. The third line into town was the Detroit & Lima Northern which came up from Lima, Ohio via Adrian. This line ended in Tecumseh and they used trackage rights on the DT&M to reach Dundee and points east to the Delray area of southwest Detroit.

Photo Info/Credit: Top, the Lake Shore depot at North Yard in Tecumseh. [Kirk Hise collection, courtesy of Cynthia Givens, Southern Michigan Railroad Society] 2nd photo, a postcard view of the DT&M bridge over the Raisin River, 3/4 mile east of downtown Tecumseh. This bridge was used by the DT&M, DT&I and LSMS railroads at one time or another.

Industry:

  • American Steel & Wire Co. (LSMS) 1912
  • Anthony Fence Co. - woven wire fence (LSMS) 1907
  • C. L. Temple & Co. coal, wood, automobiles (LSMS) 1922
  • Cyclone Fence Co., Div of U.S. Steel.
  • Gratz Grain & Milling Co. elevator (DT&I) 1922
  • H Brewer & Co. Foundry and machine shop. 1888 (later Carson Foundry & Mfg. then Bruce Foundry)
  • Heesen Bros. & Co. feed cookers, hog rings, holloware (CJ&M) 1899
  • Lake Shore Elevator, Slayton & Son, prop. North of Chicago St.
  • Lenawee Sand & Gravel - south of city on LSMS - 1935
  • Quaker Oats Co. manf. macaroni and spaghetti noodles (LSMS) 1922
  • Slayton & Sons coal elevator N. Evans (LSMS)1912
  • Tecumseh City Water Works - receive coal (CJ&M) 1899
  • Tecumseh Gravel Co. (2 miles s/town) (LSMS) 1935
  • Tecumseh Products Co. automotive parts, elec. refrigerator parts - 1935
  • Temple & McClure Planning Mill Co. (LSMS) 1883
  • Tiffany Iron Works (LSMS) 1893
  • White Star Refining Co. (Moreland Bros.) bulk oil & gasoline (DT&M) 1935, later Socony Vacuum Oil Co.
  • Wm. Hayden Milling Coi. flour mill and elevator (DT&M) 1935
  • Uncle Sam's Macaroni Co. (LSMS) 1912