Ferndale in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Inter-Urban Railcar - Detroit United Railway
First incorporated in 1917, Ferndale's early development as a streetcar suburb of Detroit resulted in Ferndale having a small downtown and traditional high density development patterns. The streetcar system, with its fond memories, served Ferndale from 1895 to 1947, and was the main mode of transportation to work and play for Ferndale families for several decades.
The Oakland Railway Company connected Detroit with Ferndale, Royal Oak, and Birmingham reaching Ferndale and Royal Oak on February 8, 1895 and Birmingham on June 15, 1896. The Detroit United Railray (DUR) purchased the line in 1901 and operated it until April 25, 1931. The City of Royal Oak then purchased the track from the DUR through Ferndale up to Catalpa Street in Royal Oak and leased the tracks back to the City of Detroit's Department of Street Railways (DSR) who operated streetcars until May 2, 1947.
The City of Ferndale hopes to see modern streetcars returned to the Woodward Corridor to again provide transportation choices and lessen America's dependence on Mid-East oil.
Location. 42° 27.643′ N, 83° 8.077′ W. Marker is in Ferndale, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue (State Highway 1), on the right Touch for map. Marker is in the median of Woodward Avenue on the north side of Nine Mile Road. Marker is in this post office area: Ferndale MI 48220, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Deputy Albert Anderson (here, next to this marker); The Crow's Nest (here, next to this marker); From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry (here, next to this marker); In Memory of Vincent Chin (a few steps from this marker); The Badder Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Professional Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lux Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferndale Center Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ferndale.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 17, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.