New Buffalo, MI, Pere Market Railroad Yard.

The Pere Marquette railroad was incorporated on November 1, 1899, and began operation on January 1, 1900. The three railroads that were absorbed to form the Pere Marquette were the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad, the Detroit, Grand Rapids and Western Railroad, and the Chicago and West Michigan Railway. On March 12, 1917, the company was reincorporated as the Pere Marquette Railway. ( The difference between a railroad and a railway is not known here. ) The Pere Marquette operated until 1947, and was then sold to the C&O.

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The photograph above, ca1910, shows the original Pere Marquette depot at New Buffalo, MI. A replica, based on original blueprints, stands in the same location today.

Below are some photos of the Pere Marquette, and, later, C&O yard and shops at New Buffalo, MI. They were taken on July 23, 2012.

Many pieces of infrastructure were built in the yard in the early 1920s, including a section of a round house, a round table, a workman's hotel, and a coal tower. All of them exist in part in year 2012.

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Above, constructing a coal tower at the Pere Marquette yard, in about 1920.

A second coal tower appears to exist in what is today woods, as one can see in the photos below. Satellite views show many track beds for tracks that once existed. One can also see that the portion of a round house was once at least twice as large as the remnant that exists today, which is used as a gym. And one can still see an outline of the turntable, as well as the track that led to it, and from it.

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Above, constructing a round house at the Pere Marquette yard, in about 1920.

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A construction photo of a worker's hotel being constructed, in about 1921, at the Pere Marquette yard in New Buffalo, MI.





Google Maps: enter 41.785905, -86.741481

These coordinates will take you to the rail yard, by the depot and roundhouse.

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Depot track splits from main track.

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Abandoned track heading southeast.

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Round house, turntable outline.

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Coal tower.

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Switch yard full of cars.

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Coal tower, coverted worker hotel..

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Coal tower - July 23, 2012.