West Bloomfield Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Gateway to Nature
at the Orchard Lake Beach Trolley Stop
Many Detroiters escaped to nature on the trolleys
of the Detroit United Railway (DUR) in the early 1900s. The Orchard Lake Beach stop was located here, where the parallel Grand Trunk Railroad and DUR trolley tracks crossed Orchard Lake Road. It was a very popular stop for people enjoying day trips to Orchard Lake for swimming and picnicking. The DUR highlighted local attractions by building trolley stops at lakes, resorts and amusement parks. Over time, the trolley cars became more luxurious, featuring ornate interiors and dining cars. Fares averaged a penny a mile and the electric trolleys could reach fifty miles per hour.
You Auto Know Because the elecctric trolleys operated quietly, accidents sometimes occurred with surprised people and other vehicles.
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° 35.204′ N, 83° 21.336′ W. Marker is in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Orchard Lake Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the West Bloomfield
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Apple Island (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waiting for the Trolleys (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Orchard Lake Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tracks Over Tracks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lakes and Attractions (approx. 0.4 miles away); Waiting Room and the "Wye" (approx. half a mile away); Remembering Historic Railways (approx. ¾ mile away); A Lake and a Trolley (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Bloomfield Township.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 6, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.