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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29777 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville MI 48066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 22, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.