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Port Huron in St. Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Tom Edison at Grand Trunk

 
 
Tom Edison at Grand Trunk Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
1. Tom Edison at Grand Trunk Marker
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The Grand Trunk Railroad depot to the right is where 12-year-old Tom Edison departed daily on the Port Huron-Detroit run. In 1859, the railroad's first year of operation. Tom persuaded the company to let him sell newspapers and confections on the daily trips. He became so successful that he soon placed two newsboys on other Grand Trunk runs to Detroit. He made enough money to support himself and to buy chemicals and other experimental materials.
 
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 283.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
 
Location. 42° 59.928′ N, 82° 25.564′ W. Marker is in Port Huron, Michigan, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of Thomas Edison Parkway and the Bluewater Bridge to Sarnia (Interstate 69/94), on the right when traveling south on Thomas Edison Parkway. Marker is at the
Tom Edison at Grand Trunk Marker image. Click for more information.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
2. Tom Edison at Grand Trunk Marker
Thomas A. Edison: Youthful Business Ventures
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Thomas Edison Depot Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Thomas Edison Parkway, Port Huron MI 48060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Immigration (here, next to this marker); Native Americans (here, next to this marker); Ships on the St. Clair (a few steps from this marker); All Aboard! (a few steps from this marker); Bridging the Blue Waters (a few steps from this marker); Making Tracks (a few steps from this marker); Wilderness Outpost (within shouting distance of this marker); Edison Homesite (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Huron.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thomas Edison Depot Museum, Port Huron MI. Port Huron Museums website entry (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. The Biography of Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison website entry (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies. Library of Congress website entry (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Tom Edison at Grand Trunk Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
3. Tom Edison at Grand Trunk Marker
Showing relationship of the depot and markers to the Blue Water Bridge to Sarnia, Ontario.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 418 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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May. 24, 2022