Michigan's Interurbans

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Michigan's Interurbans

Michigan's first interurban, the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor began operating in 1890. Pulled by a steam engine, the cars went west on Packard Road to the Ann Arbor city limits. Because of the low fares (10 cents one way) and frequent service (cars leaving every 90 minutes) the line was soon carrying over 600 passengers daily. Electric power was adopted in 1896. In a few years a network of interurbans was built in southern Micigan. The Ypsi-Ann became part of a Detroit to Jackson road that carried 5300 passengers a day in 1902. It became possible to go from Detroit to Kalamazoo, or from Bay City to Cincinnati on connecting lines. But the automobile, bus and truck put the interurbans out of business in Michigan in the 1920's. The last interurban from Ypsilanti ran in 1929.
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Erected 1958

Location: E. Michigan at N. Park
Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County

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Latitude: 42.241279, Longitude: -83.606327

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