Station: Three Rivers, MI

LSMS Three Rivers MI Depot LSMS Three Rivers MI Depot LSMS Three Rivers MI Depot Three Rivers Depot Three Rivers was settled about 1830, near the joining of the St. Joseph, Rocky and Portage rivers. The town was incorporated as a village in 1855 and became a city in 1895. [MPN]

Three Rivers was located at the crossing of the east-west MC Air Line branch which ran between Jackson and Niles, and the north-south LSMS Kalamazoo Branch, which ran north from White Pigeon to Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.

Photo Info/Credit: Top, the LSMS depot at Three Rivers with a passenger train stopped in front. Note the various horse powered delivery vehicles and carriages. 2nd photo, the park at the Michigan Central Three Rivers station. [Both, Alan Loftis collection]. 3rd photo, another view of the Lake Shore depot. [Alan Loftis collection]. 4th photo, an interurban car, manufactured by the Sheffield Car Company, is in front o the depot.


Timeline:

1867 - The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern enters Three Rivers from White Pigeon. It extends north to Kalamazoo in 1868 and Grand Rapids in 1869.

1870 - The Michigan Central Air Line branch arrives from Jackson. It is extended to Niles in 1871.

1917, The MC had an operator-clerk here around-the-clock. [TRT]

1943 - The MC Air Line is abandoned between the west side of Three Rivers to Niles.

1958 - The MC Air Line builds a connection to send the branch south of Three Rivers to Elkhart.

Source = [MRL]

1920 - On the Michigan Central Air Line, this is a passenger and freight agency. Interline tickets are issued. E. A. Montgomery is the agent. The telegraph call sign is "VE". [MCOAS]