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The Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon (GRGH&M) Railway used to be a part of a community of electrical railroads that unfold throughout southern Michigan within the early a part of the twentieth century. for almost 30 years, the railway hooked up Grand Rapids with Muskegon and Grand Haven at the Lake Michigan shore. the quick and widespread carrier it provided remodeled lifestyles in Coopersville, Nunica, Berlin (now Marne), Fruitport, and different smaller groups alongside the best way. furthermore, the railway and the boats of the Goodrich and Crosby steamship strains supplied an in a single day reference to Chicago and Milwaukee. relocating either humans and freight, this interurban had a massive effect on either neighborhood and local economies. photos of Rail: The Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway strains the historical past of the electrical interurban in West Michigan, telling the tale of the expansion, operation, and eventual loss of life of an immense electrical railway within the area.

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The variation has disguised a few of the motor vehicle information, however the window, windowsill, and trim forums all offer clues to the cottage’s precise id. a hundred twenty five Car No. eight, Merlin, is proven at its present position, the Coopersville zone old Society Museum. After 27 years as an interurban automobile, Merlin turned a diner and fuel station in northern Muskegon County throughout the melancholy years. Later, it was once a place of dwelling within the similar quarter. In 1990, the auto used to be dropped at the museum, the place it's been present process recovery. 126 About Coopersville A rea historic Society Museum a large amount of Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway historical past has been preserved at a place that used to be rather a lot part of the road all through its operation: the Coopersville quarter old Society Museum at 363 major road, Coopersville, Michigan. From 1902 to 1928, the most museum construction served as a depot and substation for the GRGH&M. fabrics, images, and artifacts from the road have chanced on their means into the museum collections in the course of the years. the previous depot and substation component of the museum is an reputable Michigan historical website and is indexed within the nationwide sign up of historical locations. The constitution is related to be the most effective preserved of its variety in Michigan. With its tall tower and classic purple brick external, the development is a city landmark. one other infrequent survivor of the GRGH&M period sits beside the museum—Car No. eight, Merlin. This infrequent wooden-body passenger automobile was once received in 1990 earlier than it was once to be destroyed. vehicle No. eight keeps to endure recovery. along with holding interurban heritage, the museum, proven in 1988, has on express different different types of railroad collections and masses neighborhood and neighborhood historical past. 127 DISCOVER hundreds of thousands OF neighborhood heritage BOOKS that includes thousands OF classic pictures Arcadia Publishing, the top neighborhood heritage writer within the usa, is devoted to creating background available and significant via publishing books that remember and shield the background of America’s humans and locations. locate extra books like this at www. arcadiapublishing. com look for your native land background, your previous stomping grounds, or even your favourite activities group. in line with our venture to maintain historical past on an area point, this booklet was once published in South Carolina on American-made paper and synthetic completely within the usa. items sporting the approved woodland Stewardship Council (FSC) label are published on 100% FSC-certified paper.

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