Roseville in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Rapid Railway Company
and Its Interurban Stops in Roseville
Interurban service became the most successful mode of transportation
through Roseville in the early 1900s. Starting in 1895, the Rapid Railway Company ran electric interurbans along Gratiot Avenue between Detroit and Mt. Clemens, a relatively speedy and reliable alternative to wagons and carriages along Gratiot's plank road. A car barn and powerhouse was built in Roseville for interurban repairs and to generate power for the interurban system. In 1903 the Rapid Railway line survived a fire that burned much of its car barn and several interurbans, but it could not compete with the popularity of automobiles and ended service in 1930.
You Auto Know
The Rapid interurban line eventually extended from Detroit through Mt. Clemens and all the way to Port Huron.
Erected 2014 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
Location. 42° 30.967′ N, 82° 55.613′ W. Marker is in Roseville, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker is on VFW Memorial Drive near PFC Wetzel Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Roseville
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Plank Road History (here, next to this marker); Packard Field in Roseville (here, next to this marker); Watching the Big Show (a few steps from this marker); Frenchy's Auto Parts (a few steps from this marker); Erin United Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Sacred Heart Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Baumgartner House 1875 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Baumgartner House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roseville.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 22, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.