Station: Smith's Creek, MI

GTW Smiths Creek MI Depot GTW Smiths Creek MI Depot GTW Smiths Creek MI DepotSmith's Creek was settled about 1861 and was the county seat of St. Clair county from 1869 to 1871. [MPN]

Smith's Creek was a station stop on the Grand Trunk Western line from Port Huron to West Detroit.

Photo Info: Top, the original Smith's Creek station which was moved by Henry Ford to Greenfield Village about 1929. [TJ Gaffney collection]. 2nd and 3rd photos, the new depot which was located in Smith's Creek until it was moved and restored in 1974. It is now used as a antiques shop in Armada in Macomb county. This depot was built about 1929 when the original depot was moved to Greenfield Village. [Alan Loftis]


As a boy, Thomas Edison operated a concession on GTW trains from here including a printed newspaper. Later, Henry Ford moved the Smith's Creek depot to historic Greenfield Village in Edison's honor. The railroad built a new depot in 1929 to replace it.

Time Line

1917. The GTW had an agent here during the day shift. [TRT]


The following sources are utilized in this website. [SOURCE-YEAR-MMDD-PG]:

  • [AAB| = All Aboard!, by Willis Dunbar, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids ©1969.
  • [AAN] = Alpena Argus newspaper.
  • [AARQJ] = American Association of Railroads Quiz Jr. pamphlet. © 1956
  • [AATHA] = Ann Arbor Railroad Technical and Historical Association newsletter "The Double A"
  • [AB] = Information provided at Michigan History Conference from Andrew Bailey, Port Huron, MI

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