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Orchard Lake Village in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Waiting for the Trolleys

and Riding Between the Lakes

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
1. Waiting for the Trolleys Marker
Inscription.
The trolleys made it easy to travel
through the lakes of Oakland County. In the early 1900s people got off or waited at platforms that were built for access to the track. The Detroit United Railway (DUR) bought land from local farmers for the track and waiting platforms. Taxes on this property forced the railway to charge high fares that later contributed to the demise of the trolley system. Here, where Long Lake Road crossed over the parallel Grand Trunk and DUR tracks, are stairs like those that people used to get on and off the trolleys.

You Auto Know
The rolling hills of the lakes region of Oakland County were famous for their apple orchards.
 
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° 34.965′ N, 83° 21.462′ W. Marker is in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from West Bloomfield Trail. Touch for map. Marker is on the West Bloomfield Trail, a bicycling/hiking trail, about 50 feet south of the Long Lake Road overpass. The West Bloomfield Trail crosses Orchard
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
2. Upper Left Image
An electric DUR trolley running on the track between Pontiac and Orchard Lake, about 1910.
Photo courtesy of Brian Golden.
Lake Road 0.3 miles to the north and 0.5 miles to the south. Marker is in this post office area: West Bloomfield MI 48323, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Orchard Lake Museum (here, next to this marker); Apple Island (approx. mile away); Gateway to Nature (approx. 0.3 miles away); Remembering Historic Railways (approx. half a mile away); Tracks Over Tracks (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lakes and Attractions (approx. mile away); Waiting Room and the "Wye" (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Lake and a Trolley (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orchard Lake Village.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
3. Middle Left Image Detail
This 1917 "Orchard Lake Station Map" shows the side-by-side Grand Trunk Railroad track and the electric trolley track that ran through the area. The circle indicates the Long Lake Road crossing over the former tracks where you stand along the West Bloomfield Trail. Map courtesy of Brian Golden.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
4. Lower Left Image
"About Apples: From Orchard to Market" was written in 1960 by local author Mary Moore Green, who grew up with orchards on the Green Farm at 14 Mile and Halsted Roads.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
5. Lower Middle Image
The Walter Oliver farm on Greer Road in West Bloomfield, about 1900.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
6. Upper Right Image
The present-day Long Lake Road overpass along the West Bloomfield Trail behind the Orchard Lake Museum. The trail is a linear park about seven miles long that follows former train tracks from West Bloomfield to Sylvan Lake.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
7. Middle Right Image
Waiting platform along the Orchard Lake trolley line at the Long Lake Road overpass.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
8. Lower Right Image
Waiting room at Orchard Lake Road and Walnut Lake Road. Unless noted otherwise, all photos are courtesy of the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
9. Waiting for the Trolleys Marker
This marker is the one farthest away.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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