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Petite Visite à Grosse Ile: 1900

Petite Visite à Grosse Ile: 1900

Circa 1900. "Railway depot at Grosse Ile, Michigan." Sunnyside Station, as one commenter has informed us. This concludes our visit to Grosse Ile on the Detroit River. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


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Defunct Depot

This is the old Canada Southern Railway station and the bridge led to the railroad ferry, which crossed the Detroit River to Amherstburg, Ontario.

Rails turned to Parkway

During 1931, the county government converted the Michigan Central Railroad's defunct rail bridge crossing the Trenton Channel into the Wayne County Bridge for use by vehicular, bike and pedestrian traffic. The rail tracks across the island were replaced by a roadway that is now known as Grosse Ile Parkway. The Wayne County Bridge is commonly referred to as the "Free Bridge" by residents because of the absence of a toll for crossing.

Rural Blight.

Yikes! This mess is right next to Rio Vista.

When was that depot built!?

It's 1900 and that depot looks like it has been around for a century. It definitely has seen better days as it no longer has a telegraph wire and doesn't appear to be receiving upkeep. There is a bumping post in the track indicating this may now be the end of the line, but it appears that it may have utilized that bridge in the distance at one time.

It must be seeing some use and in the previous photo on Shorpy, there was a rail car in one of the tracks.

More information

Now that we get to see the reverse angle of the other photo, note how the track no longer goes over the bridge. Just how old is this rail line, and the station? That building is in a terrible state for ~1900.

Right next to the Livingstones

The end of the bridge in the left background (with its distinct sign and trio of ribs) is also seen in the left background of "A Boy and His Dog" picture 3 pages back, which ALSO shows us the corner of the Livingstone house, so apparently the Livingstones lived right next to the track, opposite the station. The railway is now Grosse isle parkway, and in the accompanying picture, you can see the spit of land the bridge used to connect to. The livingstone home is circled.

The bridge - no trains?

It appears the bridge was built for the trans but now they stop here. It would be interesting to see more of this feature!

Wooden you know

- In the photo of the boy and dog, is the sturdy-looking apparatus in the left corner a block-and-tackle boat hoist, indicating a rather serious boat down below?

It appears to be a bridge.

The Far Side

The other end of this building is much more attractive, as it features a spiffy awning.

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