Orchard Lake Village in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Waiting Room and the “Wye”
at the Michigan Military Academy
To change directions, trolleys had to turn around.
At this location, at the back of what had been the parade grounds of the Michigan Military Academy, the Detroit United Railway (DUR) built a "wye." This Y-shaped track allowed trolley cars to turn to go in the opposite direction along the trolley track that paralleled the Grand Trunk Railroad track. Nestled in the undergrowth near here, barely visible, is a trace of the "wye," a concrete basin where maintenance workers climbed under the trolleys for inspections and repairs. Near the "wye" was a DUR waiting room to shelter patrons.
You Auto Know
In 1909, trolleys moved the contents of the seminary from Detroit to Orchard Lake at night to avoid disruption of the DUR system.
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° 35.635′ N, 83° 21.116′ 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 445 feet north of Seminary Road and about 0.2 mile south
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lakes and Attractions (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tracks Over Tracks (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Lake and a Trolley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gateway to Nature (approx. half a mile away); In Good Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); Apple Island (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Motoring" to Pine Lake (approx. ¾ mile away); Waiting for the Trolleys (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orchard Lake Village.
Also see . . . Michigan Military Academy. Wikipedia article about the Michigan Military Academy. (Submitted on July 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 7, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.