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Ottawa Lake in Monroe County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad

 
 
Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, February 20, 2010
1. Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Marker
Inscription. On April 22, 1833, the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad was granted a charter by the Legislature of the Territory of Michigan and was built and in operation a year before Michigan was a state. It was to connect Toledo (then called Port Lawrence and considered to be in Michigan) with the Kalamazoo River.

By November 2, 1836, cars drawn by two horses hitched tandem and changed every 4 miles made regular trips from Port Lawrence to Adrian. Early in July, 1837 the Adrian No. 1, a steam locomotive, began the run. This was the first railroad and the first steam locomotive west of the Alleghany Mountains.
 
Erected by Monroe County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie & Kalamazoo Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 41° 45.843′ N, 83° 44.939′ W. Marker is in Ottawa Lake, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Brown Street and Lovewell Street, on the left when traveling east on Brown Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ottawa Lake MI 49267, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Centennial Terrace and Quarry / Fossil Park (approx. 3.3 miles away in Ohio); Sister City Garden
Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, February 20, 2010
2. Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Marker
View of historical marker situated beside a plaque affixed to large rock that honors local war heroes.
(approx. 4 miles away in Ohio); Sylvania Heritage Museum (approx. 4 miles away in Ohio); a different marker also named Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad (approx. 4 miles away in Ohio); Toledo and Western Railway Company (approx. 4.2 miles away in Ohio); The Harroun Family Barn (approx. 4.6 miles away in Ohio); Hindu Temple and Heritage Hall (approx. 5.1 miles away in Ohio); Roger T. Durbin (approx. 5.5 miles away in Ohio).
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, February 20, 2010
3. Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Marker
View of the historical marker in it's location just west of the Ottawa Lake Fire Department building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 839 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 21, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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