Orchard Lake in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Remembering Historic Railways
on the West Bloomfield Trail
Two railways came together here.
The West Bloomfield Trail follows the path of the Grand Trunk Railroad, built through the region in the 1880s. If you were standing here in 1900, you also would see a light rail trolley line that ran along Orchard Lake Road and turned to run beside this part of the Grand Trunk line. Built in 1899, it was one of many trolley systems in southeast Michigan that were bought by the Detroit United Railway (DUR) in 1901 to carry people and freight within Detroit and between surrounding towns.
You Auto Know
The West Bloomfield Trail is owned and operated by the West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation Commission.
Erected 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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 42° 34.604′ N, 83° 21.722′ W. Marker is in Orchard Lake, Michigan, in Oakland CountyTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Bloomfield MI 48323, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emmendorfer House / Francis A. Emmendorfer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chief Pontiac (approx. 0.3 miles away); Conglomerate Boulder (approx. 0.4 miles away); Apple Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Orchard Lake Museum (approx. half a mile away); Waiting for the Trolleys (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Apple Island (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gateway to Nature (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orchard Lake.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on May 30, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 4, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.