Historic Railroad Map of Michigan - 1876

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Railroad map of Michigan prepared for the commissioner of railroads.

Hundreds of factories made Detroit a major American manufacturing center in the 1800's. Stoves, boilers, furniture, paper, clothing, boots and shoes, candy, crackers and beer were manufactured in Detroit along with freight and passenger railroad cars. Manufacturers depended greatly on railroads and steamers to export their goods.

During the American Civil War many new branches of Michigan’s railroad system were added to transport the state’s various manufactures. After the war Michigan experienced a large influx of immigrants to work in the factories.

Detroit’s harbor was clustered with wharves that extended out over the water for easy loading of freight vessels and passenger steamships.

In those days Detroit was referred to as the “Paris of the West”, because of the many large ornate mansions and buildings that were emerging throughout the city.

This detailed map of Michigan and the Great Lakes region was drawn and published in 1874 by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co. Shown are cities and towns, rivers and waterways, township and county boundaries.

Steamer routes are indicated with mileage between ports. Railroads are completely labeled with mileage between stations noted.


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