Orchard Lake Village 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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
Location. 42° 34.604′ N, 83° 21.722′ W. Marker is in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Orchard Lake Road 0.2 miles south of Pontiac Trail, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the West Bloomfield Trail, about 40 feet east of Orchard Lake Road. Marker is in this post office area: West Bloomfield MI 48323, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Orchard Lake Museum (approx. half a mile away); Waiting for the Trolleys (approx. half a mile away); Apple Island (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gateway to Nature (approx. ¾ mile away); Tracks Over Tracks (approx. 1.1 miles away); Go in Peace (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lakes and Attractions (approx. 1.2 miles away); Waiting Room and the "Wye" (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orchard Lake Village.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 4, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.