CASSOPOLIS, MI

Track Side, Cassopolis Depot
Former Grand Trunk Depot, Cassopolis, MI, October 2003

Grand Trunk Map, Detroit-Port Huron Cassopolis is in far SW Michigan, about 25 miles northwest of South Bend. It was a station on the Grand Trunk mainline running from Port Huron to Chicago.

The Grand Trunk depot now in Cassopolis, was originally built in Granger, Indiana in 1888. It is said to have had a witche's hat roof when built. The Granger station closed some time in the early 1930's. The depot was moved by rail 12 miles to the northeast to serve as the Cassopolis passenger station. The older depot in Cassopolis was then used for freight only.

At one time the Cassopolis depot was quite a busy place. The 1924 Grand Trunk timetable shows all passenger trains to or from Chicago, 10 a day, stopping in Cassopolis.

Timetable for Eastbound Passenger Trains

Timetable for Westbound Passenger Trains

Street Side, Cassopolis depot
Street Side

Track Side, Cassopolis Depot
Track Side

Cassopolis remained a passenger train stop through at least 1968, and probably until Amtrak relieved the Grand Trunk of all passenger train responsibilities in 1970. The railroad used the depot until about 1988. It sat vacant for four years before it was bought by Robert Hibbard. He moved the depot about 600 feet down the street, and restored it as a small town depot. There is also a Grand Trunk caboose on the property.

Tracks through Cassopolis remain fairly busy, but with freight trains only. The Grand Trunk was always controlled by Canadian National Railroad. It was operated under a separate name because it was in the United States, but now has been merged into CN.

Cassopolis depot
Cassopolis Depot, beside Grand Trunk Tracks.

October 2004
Louis Van Winkle

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