Novi in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Novi's Crucial Crossing
The Train Station and the Grand River Bridge
An intersection of history...
where the Pere Marquette Railroad crossed Grand River Avenue. Built in the 1850s, Grand River Avenue was an important route between Detroit and Lansing, but transportation was limited to horseback, wagon or stagecoach. When the Pere Marquette Railroad was built through Novi in 1871, a station and storage depot were built where the tracks crossed Grand River Avenue, giving Novi farmers and merchants a way to send and receive large volumes of goods. The bridge over the tracks was built later for safety, but Novi's history of growth has been written in its access to the railroad.
You Auto Know
Perishable cargo on the early trains was preserved with ice cut in the winter from frozen lakes in the region.
This exhibit sponsored by the Novi Historical Commission.
Erected 2014 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 42° 28.904′ N, 83° 28.81′ W. Marker is in Novi, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Grand River Avenue, 0.2 miles west of Novi Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43963 Grand River Avenue, Novi MI 48375, 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. Grand River Bridge (here, next to this marker); Approaching "Novi Corners" (approx. ¼ mile away); Novi Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand River Avenue (approx. 0.6 miles away); High Performance Legend (approx. 1.3 miles away); Novi Township Hall (approx. 1.3 miles away); A Piece of Novi's History / The Fuerst Farmstead (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sharing the Bounty (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Novi.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.