Orchard Lake Village in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Waiting for the Trolleys
and Riding Between the Lakes
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
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. ¼ 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. ¾ 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 •
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 67 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.