AUGUSTA, MI
Track Side; Augusta, MI Depot

Augusta is located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. The Michigan Central built its line through there in 1845. In 1852 the line was completed to Chicago, and Augusta found itself on a very busy route between Detroit and Chicago.

Augusta's depot was built in 1852, at the south end of Webster Street. At one time, it was a stop for eight passenger trains a day. The railroad employed switchmen around the clock to assist trains moving through the depot area.

Of course this level of activity did not last. By 1975, the depot sat unused. The Augusta Bicentennial Committee purchased the depot for $1 from the Penn Central Railroad. It was moved to a new foundation in the village park. The awnings, which had been lost over the years were replaced, and new signs were made. Many items, including the original desk and passenger bench were donated. The Augusta Depot Museum was created as a Bicentennial project to preserve an important historic landmark.

This depot is probably the  state's second oldest surviving depot. The oldest being Coldwater which was built in 1850.

Street Side and West End, Augusta Depot
Street Side/West End

Street Side/ East End, Augusta Depot
Street Side/ East End

Old View of Augusta Depot
Old Postcard View of Augusta Depot

Historical information provided by Tim Shanahan.

Louis Van Winkle, May 2002, Updated Jan. 2004
E-mail questions or comments to louisvw@mc.net

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