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South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Coastal Crossroads

 
 
Coastal Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 13, 2022
1. Coastal Crossroads Marker
Inscription.  
In 1869, construction began on the Kalamazoo & South Haven Railroad, the first rail line intended for commercial and passenger use. The railroad was completed in 1870 with the purchase of bonds by the Michigan Central Railroad, which incorporated the Kalamazoo & South Haven Railroad as their first subsidiary line. The Goliath was the first stream engine to travel the rail line, with regular trail service beginning in 1871.

A second rail line began operation in 1887 and was known as the Toledo & South Haven Railroad, and later became known as the Kalamazoo, Lake Shore, & Chicago Railway (also the "Fruit Belt Line"). This line traveled from South Haven to Kalamazoo, heading south through Hartford, then east. Passengers were transported as well as fruit and other commodities.

The Michigan Central Depot was constructed in 1910, replacing the previous building that had burnt down, and served as the boarding and deboarding area. The building is still present today at the corner of Dyckman and Dunkley Avenues.

In 1971, the Michigan Central Railroad ceased operations. Eighteen years later the Kal-Haven Trail was
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developed along the railway bed connecting South Haven to Kalamazoo, and opened for public use. The trail is now owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as the Kal-Haven Trail State Park.
 
Erected 2022 by City of South Haven, Historical Association of South Haven, South Haven Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kayski Creations. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
 
Location. 42° 24.399′ N, 86° 16.519′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker can be reached from Black River Street south of Dyckman Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in Stanley Johnston Park at the top of the hill along Black River Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Local Pioneers (a few steps from this marker); A Historic Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); A Home of Heroes (within shouting distance of this marker); Catskills of the Midwest (within shouting distance of this marker); Time Capsule (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Fishing
Coastal Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 13, 2022
2. Coastal Crossroads Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Evelyn S (within shouting distance of this marker); Strike Up the Band! (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
 
More about this marker. Marker is part of South Haven's Sesquicentennial Trail.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kalamazoo and South Haven Railroad. Wikipedia article. (Submitted on August 25, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. Toledo and South Haven Railroad. Wikipedia article. (Submitted on August 25, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

3. Kal-Haven Trail. Wikipedia article. (Submitted on August 25, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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