Romeo in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Romeo's Historic Movement
On November 18, 1899 the first electric streetcar arrived in Romeo.
It moved up a track in the center of Main Street, connected by long rods to overhead electrical lines. Later, it turned west on St. Clair Street to the new Detroit United Railway station in the former Ketchum Brothers carriage factory. The village connected to the electric streetcar network that had been established across southern Michigan, and Romeo was never again an isolated rural setting. Business, shipping, and recreation grew along the tracks, but the more popular automobile and rising costs brought the electric streetcar system in Romeo to an end in 1931.
You Auto Know
In addition to passenger cars, specialized streetcars included express cars, "double-header" cars linked together, and milk cars for transporting milk cans.
Erected 2010 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area marker series.
Location. 42° 48.193′ N, 83° 0.875′ W. Marker is in Romeo, Michigan, in Macomb County. Marker is on North Rawles Street south of Newberry Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Village Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Helen Starkweather (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wooden Wheels (about 300 feet away); Village of Romeo (about 400 feet away); From the Foundry Fires (about 600 feet away); Many Tools and Many Tasks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Simpson Park Campground (approx. 1.4 miles away); Religious Society Church (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Romeo.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 17, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.