Wixom in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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Trains came from all directions,
and made Wixom a hub of commerce. In 1871, Willard Clark Wixom founded the village on property at the intersection of planned railroad lines. One line (later named Pere Marquette, now CSX) was built through here that year. The intersecting Grand Trunk Railway was completed in 1883, and by then Willard Wixom and Judson Sibley had established the largest produce storage depot in the region. In 1925, a fire burned through much of Wixom, diminishing its economic stature, but the railroad was key to building the Ford Wixom Assembly Plant in 1957.
You Auto Know
The last operator on the Grand Trunk rail line was the Star Clipper Dinner Train which closed in 2008.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 42° 31.483′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 Wixom Road, Wixom MI 48393, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Traces of History (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wixom-Wire House (approx. half a mile away); From Sibley's Corners to Wixom (approx. half a mile away); Wixom Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Stonecrest (approx. 2.7 miles away); Walled Lake (approx. 2.8 miles away); Walled Lake Casino (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pavilion Shore Park (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wixom.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 16, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.