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

Tracks Over Tracks

on the Detroit United Railway

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
1. Tracks Over Tracks Marker
Inscription.
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
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
2. Upper Left Image
Looking east, as a DUR electric trolley crossed over the Grand Trunk Railroad (see map), about 1910. Unless noted otherwise, all photos are courtesy of the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society.
a direct line); 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. mile 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. Lower Left Image
A saw used in cutting ice on Orchard Lake. This was a local winter industry on the lake, providing ice before the use of refrigeration in households, businesses and railroad cars.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
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The steamboat "Dell", one of three steamboats that cruised on Orchard Lake, about 1900.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
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A car loaded with camping equipment for a vacation at the lakes, about 1920.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
6. Map (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 former location of the overpass near where you are standing along the West Bloomfield Trail. Map courtesy of Brian Golden.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
7. Upper Right Image
Russell Mason and his daughter Leona Mason on Walnut Glen farm, about 1933. Milk in ten gallon cans was taken from here on the DUR to the Wilson Dairy in Detroit.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
8. Middle Right Image
Sailing on Orchard Lake, about 1910.
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By Joel Seewald, July 2, 2017
9. Tracks Over Tracks Marker
 
 
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 65 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.
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