Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, and Muskegon Railway, Michigan (Images of Rail Series)

Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, and Muskegon Railway, Michigan (Images of Rail Series)

by David Kindem, James Budzynski


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The Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon (GRGH&M) Railway was part of a network of electric railroads that spread across southern Michigan in the early part of the 20th century. For nearly 30 years, the railway connected Grand Rapids with Muskegon and Grand Haven on the Lake Michigan shore. The fast and frequent service it offered transformed life in Coopersville, Nunica, Berlin (now Marne), Fruitport, and other smaller communities along the way. In addition, the railway and the boats of the Goodrich and Crosby steamship lines provided an overnight connection with Chicago and Milwaukee. Moving both people and freight, this interurban had an important impact on both local and regional economies. Images of Rail: The Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway traces the history of the electric interurban in West Michigan, telling the story of the growth, operation, and eventual demise of an important electric railway in the region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467113595
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/30/2015
Series: Images of Rail Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,162,056
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Author James Budzynski is president of the Coopersville, Michigan, Area Historical Society and curator of the Coopersville Historical Museum. He has been instrumental in building a significant collection of photographs and artifacts from the GRGH&M. Author David Kindem is a writer who has had a longtime interest in the transportation and industrial histories of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Before the Interurban 13

2 The Beginning 21

3 Riding the Interurban 33

4 Facilities for Freight 61

5 The Cars and Their Work 67

6 Making the Cars Run 85

7 End of the Line 115

Epilogue 123

About the Coopersville Area Historical Society Museum 127

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