Station: Elk Rapids, MI

PM ELk Rapids Depot Elk Rapids is a village in the very southwest corner of Antrim County, nestled between Grand Traverse Bay and Elk Lake.

Photo info: This is the Pere Marquette depot at Elk Rapids in the early 1900's.


The area was settled in 1848 and the village platted in 1852 as Stevens and renamed to its current name in 1858. [MPN] The Chicago & West Michigan railroad established a branch from Williamsburg (near Traverse City in Grand Traverse County) which extended to this townsite.

Time Line

1905. New engine house. The PM erected a two-stall frame engine house to replace one destroyed by fire. [PMAR-1905]


  • Elk Rapids Iron Company - see dedicated page.


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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