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GR Railroad Stations

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I was paging through some Grand Rapids history today and happened to stumble on my postcard book. I was still in awe of all the hustle and bustle in the age of steam and electric transit. While some of us have been on the topic of rail transit lately, I thought it would be neat to share some station post cards in Grand Rapids. So being without a scanner I looked around the web for sites and remembered a great site featuring Stations in Kent county. Which happened to have some cool never before seen post cards of our rail heritage (at least I've never seen them) Just thought I would share.

Union Station:

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Grand Trunk Western Station:

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Other Stations and Depots around Metro GR:

Grandville:

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Sparta

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Cedar Springs:

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Caledonia:

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I thought he wanted to donate it to Millennium park as a gathering center.

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There are other old stations still standing, albeit serving different purposes now. There's a really cute one in Marne that is now an eatery. Downtown Rockford has stores in one along what is now the White Pine Trail bike path. Downtown Muskegon has recently completed a pretty spectacular restoration of the train station on their waterfront. And, of course there's the slightly more modern old station near Leonard and Plainfield that is now being used as a granite company (one of GR's cab companies used it for a long time). I've always been kind of fond of that old bldg for its eclectic modern design.

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And, of course there's the slightly more modern old station near Leonard and Plainfield that is now being used as a granite company (one of GR's cab companies used it for a long time). I've always been kind of fond of that old bldg for its eclectic modern design.

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Middleville (around the corner from my office):

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It's owned by the township and is just sitting vacant, rotting. Apparently they're not interested in selling and have intentions of making it a museum of sorts (I find it hard to believe that there's a big demand for a museum in Middleville).

PS: Firefox's spell check is pretty sweet.

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I think an exact replica of the Grand Trunk Western could be built for the end of a Northern commuter rail line. It's fantastic looking. Maybe somewhere near Seward/Bridge area. :whistling:

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Does anyone know what the station on Bridge Street near Seward (houses offices now), and the little one West of the GVSU downtown housing were used for?

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Middleville (around the corner from my office):

It's owned by the township and is just sitting vacant, rotting. Apparently they're not interested in selling and have intentions of making it a museum of sorts (I find it hard to believe that there's a big demand for a museum in Middleville).

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Middleville (around the corner from my office):

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It's owned by the township and is just sitting vacant, rotting. Apparently they're not interested in selling and have intentions of making it a museum of sorts (I find it hard to believe that there's a big demand for a museum in Middleville)....

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Looks like a nice-sized space for a flower/gift shoppe, or a brochure center for all the tourists.

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Middleville (around the corner from my office):

Middleville-pc.jpg

Midv-2.jpg

It's owned by the township and is just sitting vacant, rotting. Apparently they're not interested in selling and have intentions of making it a museum of sorts (I find it hard to believe that there's a big demand for a museum in Middleville).

PS: Firefox's spell check is pretty sweet.

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Small museums in small towns aren't a bad idea. The Little Traverse History Museum in Petoskey is in the old train station there. Here's a photo:

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The station is Marne is indeed a little restaurant called the Interurban Depot Cafe. I go there for lunch every once in a while.

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My grandfather would pass down stories from his father of working the rails then, "it was bustling." People always admired our station. I guess it was pride for us.

Thanks for the excerpt.

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I'm still trying to hunt down photos of what the interurban station used to look like. On top of that I know that there was another station in Wayland made more of brick along the same track as the first I mentioned.

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Yup that's the one I saw on the etchings. Crazy thing is, I don't see Superior St. anywhere... must've been dirt I'm guessing.

Now it's just a matter of that interurban station... I think I'll dig through the library soon, it's gotten me really curious.

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This is a picture of the old Jenison Rail Road Depot.

Technically, it was never torn down, it burnt down...just like its predecessor.

Here's a picture of it from the side with a train docked next to it.

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Reading through this thread made me think of one of my favorite movies:The Station Agent. An old train station features rather promintently in the film. Check it out if you're looking for a quality rental this weekend!

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My grandfather used to be the telegraph operator at the station in Rockford. I think of him whenever I ride on the bike trail. My great uncle used to work for the Post Office and sort mail on trains running from G R to Chicago.

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Thanks for the very cool shots! I love old trains and train station history, its so fascinating, and in a way, romantic.

Where did the Grandville station sit? I am assuming at Wilson and Chicago Dr., but anyone know where it was located?

I still cringe everytime I see our current station down by Market and Wealthy, if only it had some character, some charisma, and some quaintness.

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Thanks for the very cool shots! I love old trains and train station history, its so fascinating, and in a way, romantic.

Where did the Grandville station sit? I am assuming at Wilson and Chicago Dr., but anyone know where it was located?

I still cringe everytime I see our current station down by Market and Wealthy, if only it had some character, some charisma, and some quaintness.

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Out of curiosity I Goggled "Grand Rapids Union Station" to see if I could find any interesting references. According to the link below, it was designed by Daniel Burnham. It would be nice to find some collaborating evidence but that

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The station is Marne is indeed a little restaurant called the Interurban Depot Cafe. I go there for lunch every once in a while.

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