BAD AXE, MI
Trackside/North End, Bad Axe Depot
Bad Axe, Michigan depot; August 2002

Railroad Map of Michigan's Thumb Area In 1878 the Port Huron & North Western started a 3-foot gauge railroad into Michigan's thumb area, to serve the lumber industry. The first segment of this line, Port Huron to Croswell, opened in May of 1879. By December 1882, the line was completed, through Bad Axe, to Port Austin, on the tip of Michigan's thumb. In 1889 the Port Huron & North Western was sold to the Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad and the tracks were converted to standard gauge.
The Pere Marquette was taken over by the C&O, which in turn became part of CSX. In the 1990's CSX abandoned the tracks between Port Huron and Croswell. The remainder of the line was sold to the Huron & Eastern Railway, which became part of the RailAmerica shortline empire.

Trackside, Bad Axe Depot
Track Side, August 2002.

Street Side, Bad Axe Depot
Street Side, August 2002.

Street Side, Waiting Room End
Waiting Room End, Street Side of depot.

Street Side, Freight Room End
Freight Room End, Street Side of depot.

Old postcard view of Bad Axe Depot

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February 2003
Louis Van Winkle
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