West Bloomfield Township in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lakes and Attractions
at the Orchard Lake Trolley Stop
The heart of the lake country was well-served by the trolleys
in the early 1900s. No stop in the entire Detroit United Railway (DUR) trolley system was more popular than the Orchard Lake stop located here, where the parallel tracks of the Grand Trunk Railroad and the DUR trolleys crossed Seminary Road. Day-trippers from Detroit and elsewhere could walk to Orchard Lake for activities like swimming or fishing, or walk to Pine Lake to take a steam ferry to the Interlaken Hotel. The trolleys also brought cadets to the Michigan Military Academy for their classes and drills, until the academy closed in 1908.
You Auto Know
The Interlaken Hotel had 30 bedrooms, a dining room that could seat 110 visitors, and 117 gas lamps.
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° 35.561′ N, 83° 21.153′ W. Marker is in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Seminary Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the West Bloomfield Trail, a bicycling/hiking trail, at
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waiting Room and the "Wye" (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tracks Over Tracks (about 500 feet away); Gateway to Nature (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Lake and a Trolley (approx. half a mile away); Apple Island (approx. half a mile away); In Good Company (approx. 0.7 miles away); Waiting for the Trolleys (approx. ¾ mile away); The Orchard Lake Museum (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Bloomfield Township.
Also see . . . Michigan Military Academy. Wikipedia article about the Michigan Military Academy. (Submitted on July 6, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 6, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.