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Dexter in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Dexter Depot / Track Pans

 
 
Dexter Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
1. Dexter Depot Marker
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Dexter Depot
The Michigan Central Railroad reached Dexter from Detroit on July 4, 1841, just after Dexter's first depot was completed. Frederick H. Spier of Detroit designed the present depot, which was completed in record time. Work began on November 6, 1886, and at noon on January 19, 1887, the station opened. The plantings for the grounds came from railroad greenhouses at Niles and Ypsilanti. The depot had two waiting rooms, a ticket office and a baggage room. Passenger service ended at the Dexter depot in 1953.

Track Pans
Kinnear, located two miles east of Dexter, was the site of Michigan's first railroad track water pans, which were built in 1901. The pans were situated between the rails and heated during cold weather. Steam locomotives scooped up the water as they moved over the pans. The Kinnear pans and telegraph station were named after Wilson S. Kinnear, chief engineer of the Detroit River railroad tunnel. In 1913 the pan were dismantled and moved to Four Mile Lake between Dexter and Chelsea.
 
Erected 1987 by Bureau of History,
Track Pans Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
2. Track Pans Marker
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Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1303.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 19, 1887.
 
Location. 42° 20.419′ N, 83° 53.036′ W. Marker is in Dexter, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street and 3rd Street, on the left when traveling north on Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3487 Broad Street, Dexter MI 48130, 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. St. Joseph Catholic Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Alice Frances House•Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Dexter Area Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); History of Mill Creek Dam (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frederick Pelham: Bridge Engineer (approx. 0.4 miles away); Forest Lawn Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Hudson Mills (approx. 3½ miles away); Webster Township Hall (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dexter.
 
Also see . . .  Track pan. Wikipedia article (Submitted on November 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Dexter Depot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
3. Dexter Depot
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Photographed By Dave Wilcox, April 24, 2012
4. Dexter Depot
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Photographed By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
5. Dexter Depot
Dexter Depot / Track Pans Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
6. Dexter Depot / Track Pans Marker
Dexter Depot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
7. Dexter Depot
Dexter Depot Mileage sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
8. Dexter Depot Mileage sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2012, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. This page has been viewed 454 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 26, 2012, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 18, 2022