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Dexter in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Dexter Depot / Track Pans

 
 
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By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
1. Dexter Depot Marker
Inscription.
Dexter Depot
The Michigan Central Railroad reached Dexter from Detroit on July 4, 1841, just after Dexter's first depot was completed. Frederick H. Spier of Detroit designed the present depot, which was completed in record time. Work began on November 6, 1886, and at noon on January 19, 1887, the station opened. The plantings for the grounds came from railroad greenhouses at Niles and Ypsilanti. The depot had two waiting rooms, a ticket office and a baggage room. Passenger service ended at the Dexter depot in 1953.

Track Pans
Kinnear, located two miles west of Dexter was the site of Michigan's first railroad track water pans, which were built in 1901. The pans were situated between the rails and heated during cold weather. Steam locomotives scooped up the water as they moved over the pans. The Kinnear pans and telegraph station were named after Wilson S. Kinnear, chief engineer of the Detroit River Railroad tunnel. In 1913 the pan were dismantled and moved to Four Mile Lake between Dexter and Chelsea.
 
Erected 1987 by State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number L1303.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the
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By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
2. Track Pans Marker
Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 20.406′ N, 83° 53.034′ W. Marker is in Dexter, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is on Board Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3487 Broad Street, Dexter MI 48130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Joseph Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dexter Area Civil War Memorial (approx. mile away); Webster United Church of Christ (approx. 3.5 miles away); Delhi Bridge (approx. 3.8 miles away); Oak Grove Cemetery Civil War Memorial (approx. 6.6 miles away); Chelsea / Chelsea Depot (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Welfare Building (approx. 7.1 miles away); First Congregational Church (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dexter.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Dexter Depot image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
3. Dexter Depot
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By Dave Wilcox, April 24, 2012
4. Dexter Depot
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By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
5. Dexter Depot
Dexter Depot / Track Pans Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
6. Dexter Depot / Track Pans Marker
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By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
7. Dexter Depot
Dexter Depot Mileage sign image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, April 25, 2012
8. Dexter Depot Mileage sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2012, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 26, 2012, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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