Orchard Lake Village in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Tracks Over Tracks
on the Detroit United Railway
Transportation transformed the landscape of rural West Bloomfield
as electric trolleys and automobiles appeared around the turn of the 20th century. Many people traveled here for the first time from Detroit and Pontiac, and real estate developers sold lakefront lots. For easier access to beach communities north of the tracks, the Detroit United Railway (DUR) built an overpass to carry its trolleys to the other side of the Grand Trunk Railroad.
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High on the overpass bridge, trolley riders enjoyed views of Orchard Lake to the west and Pine Lake to the east.
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° 35.479′ N, 83° 21.196′ W. Marker is in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan, in Oakland County. Touch for map. Marker is on the West Bloomfield Trail, a bicycling/hiking trail, about 0.1 mile south of Seminary Drive (near mile marker 39.75). Marker is in this post office area: West Bloomfield MI 48324, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lakes and Attractions (about 500 feet away, measured in Waiting Room and the "Wye" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gateway to Nature (approx. 0.3 miles away); Apple Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Lake and a Trolley (approx. 0.6 miles away); Waiting for the Trolleys (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Orchard Lake Museum (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Good Company (approx. ¾ mile 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 6, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 6, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.