Station: Portland, MI

PM Portland MI Depot and trainPortland, in Ionia County, was settled about 1833. It was incorporated as a village in 1869. It was located on the Looking Glass River in southwest Ionia County. [MPN]

The town was a station stop on the Pere Marquette line between Grand Ledge and Howard City, about 12 miles northwest of Grand Ledge.

Photo Info/Credit: The Portland "Boosters for Christ" leave on a Pere Marquette passenger train, heading for Belding on March 2, 2917. [Vanhorn photo, Alan Loftis collection]


1869: December: A "drunken row" breaks out in a saloon in Portland, as drunk railroad construction hands fight over payment for their work. The Village Marshall attempts to break up the fight, to no avail. One man is cut and many more are injured. The streets were littered the next day with drunk workers. Village and railroad officials meet and set new hours for saloons. [I&L]]

1886 Freight house. The D&LN freight house at Portland was built to replace the previous building which was destroyed by fire. [DL&N-1886]

1890 improvements. New stock scales were constructed. [DL&N-1890]