Station: Bellevue, MI

GTW Bellevue DepotGTW Bellevue Depot with trainGTW Bellevue Depot with trainGTW Bellevue DepotBellevue, in southwest Eaton County, was settled in 1832 with the spelling of Bellvue, It was changed to Bellevue in 1841, incorporated as a village in 1867. [MPN]

The town was a station stop on the Grand Trunk Western main line about 12 miles southwest of Charlotte, the county seat.

Photo info/credits:  Top and 2nd photos, early photos of the GTW Bellevue depot with the tower in place. [Alan Loftis Collection]. 3rd photo, Grand Trunk 2314 leads a three car passenger train which has stopped to take on and discharge passengers at the depot.  The locomotive appears to be a 4-4-0 which was common for passenger trains around the turn of the century.  The "tower" behind the depot is actually part of the structure itself. It may have been used as a watch tower for the crossing guard who was posted at the nearby road crossing. The train order/block signal indicates "proceed" for the passenger train and "stop" for opposing traffic. [Alan Loftis Collection] 4th photo, the depot after the tower was removed and other modifications made. [Alan Loftis Collection]Bellevue Depot Last photo, the restored Bellevue depot in 2003. [Alan Loftis]


1917. The Grand Trunk had an agent here during the day, along with telegraph operators around the clock. [TRT]