Timeline - 1865

  • STATISTIC:  Miles of railroads in operations in Michigan this year:  941.  [MRC/72]

  • Civil war continues, ends on April 9.

  • June:  Marquette & Ontonagon RR opens Ishpeming-Champion line.  [MCR-75/MDOT/MSL/AAD]

  • July:  Marquette & Ontonagon RR opens line from Winthrop Jct. to Lake Michigame.  [MRRC]

  • December:  Jackson, Lansing and Saginaw Railroad opens line from Jackson to Mason.  [MCR-75]



  • Bay City and Portsmouth Railway opens 10 mile long line from Saginaw & 34d Streets in Bay City, via Saginaw (6th and Water Streets) to Portsmouth and other points.  (street railway).  [MRRC]

  • A railroad is extended from Three Rivers to Schoolcraft.  [AAD]

  • MCRR opens first Dearborn station - Mid-1860's - [DPG]

  • First Escanaba ore dock is built.  [MSL]

  • Calumet Mine (copper) opens.  [MSL]

  • The Hecla Mine (copper) also opens.  [MSL]

  • First horizontal tank car is placed in railroad service.  [STOV]

  • Manual block system of train control is developed by Ashbel Welch.  [STOV]

  • First domestic steel rails are produced in the United States, at the Wyandotte (Michigan) Mills, using the Bessemer process.  [HWC][STOV]

 

 Timeline Key:

  • Railroad event in Michigan
  • Event relating to mining
  • Event related to car ferries
  • Event outside of Michigan
  • Improvement in Technology
  • Railroad built or extended
  • Railroad abandoned and/or removed
  • Economic panic or depression