Station: Dexter, MI

Dexter CentennialMC Dexter MI depot MC Dexter MI depot MC Dexter MI depot MC Dexter MI depot Dexter is located about eight miles northwest of downtown Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County. The town was settled about 1824, became a village in 1855 and a city in 2014. [MPN]

The village was also served by the Detroit, Jackson & Chicago interurban railway. [CERA-103]

Photo info: Top, members of the town of Dexter, dressed for the period, celebrate the 100th centennial. [Stoner collection, UMB]. 2nd photo, the MC depot in Dexter with an eastbound passenger train taking on passengers. Note that the railroad main line is still single-tracked as of 1900 when this photo was taken. This depot was built in 1886 of wood construction. [Stoner photo/Michigan State Archives collection]. 3rd photo, an early photo of the same depot. 4th photo, The depot taken in 1989. [Charlie Whipp]. 5th photo, a 2002 shot of the restored depot, which now houses the Huron Valley Model Railroad Club. [Alan Loftis]


The DJ&C interurban line had a short passing siding here in 1922. [CERA-103]

Time Line

1874. The MC freight depot at Dexter was robbed of a small amount of money Friday night last. [NREP-1874-0528]

1912. April 15. Two DFJ&C interurban cars hit head on near here killing two and injuring 30.

1917, The MC had a operator-clerk here around-the-clock. They also had a freight agent. [TRT]

1918. November 23. A head on collision on the Michigan Central railroad at Dexter kills three and injures two. The accident was caused by a failure of one train to stop at the train order signal at the depot.  ICC Report [PDF]

1920. On the Michigan Central, this is a passenger, freight and express agency joint with the American Railway Express Company. Interline tickets are issued. W. C. Clark is the agent. The telegraph call sign is "D". [MCOAS]


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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