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Romeo in Macomb County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Electric Streetcars

Romeo's Historic Movement

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 15, 2018
1. Electric Streetcars Marker
Inscription.
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
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By Joel Seewald, September 15, 2018
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Romeo's streetcar station, about 1920. Passengers and freight were delivered and left here. This building had earlier been the Ketchum Brothers' carriage factory on the north side of West St. Clair Street. Photo courtesy of the Romeo Observer.
. Marker is at the southwest corner of Romeo's Village Park. Marker is in this post office area: Romeo MI 48065, United States of America.
 
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
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 15, 2018
3. Lower Left Image
Streetcar traveling south on South Main Street, about 1905. Postcard courtesy of Judy Gass Lopus.
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By Joel Seewald, September 15, 2018
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Detroit United Railway employees, riders, and friendly children. Motormen and conductors ran each car along all routes. Photo courtesy of the Romeo Observer.
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By Joel Seewald, September 15, 2018
5. Lower Center Image
A Detroit United Railways shipping document, 1910. Courtesy of the Romeo Historical Society.
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By Joel Seewald, September 15, 2018
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Rochester machine shop. Rochester was the source of the 600-volt electrical power for the Romeo streetcar line, and workers in this Rochester shop maintained the streetcars. Photo courtesy of the Romeo Observer.
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By Joel Seewald, September 15, 2018
7. Lower Right Image
Local Romeo store advertisement. Open cars, like the one shown above, were not used on the Romeo line. Image courtesy of the Romeo Observer.
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By Joel Seewald, September 15, 2018
8. Electric Streetcars Marker
 
 
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 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 17, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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