The Lake Line: The Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway

The Lake Line: The Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway
October 1st 2011 by Central Electric Railfans' Association
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Go back in time to experience living in the electric interurban and street car era between 1900 and 1928. The Lake Line interurban did more than just carry passengers and express freight between Grand Rapids, Grand Haven and Muskegon and points in between. The interurban also competed with steam railroads for passengers and packages bound to and from Chicago. Tourists were able to ride the Lake Line to such resorts as the Pomona Pavilion and picnic grounds on Spring Lake as well as to the sandy beaches on Lake Michigan. Hundreds and sometimes even thousands picnicked, played games, gossiped, sunbathed or swam during the day. Others danced to "the electric light fantastic" by night at the Highland Park Pavilion on Lake Michigan or the Pomona Pavilion on Spring Lake at Fruitport. View 180 photographs, 27 maps, 7 timetables, 27 advertisements and 17 other illustrations while reading about the construction of the line, and how the interurban ran via third rail power in the countryside and by overhead trolley power on city street car lines. Experience the political battle to enter Grand Haven, and the battle with steam railroads and interurban railways for west Michigan and Chicago business. Witness the accidents that occurred during the 26 years that the interurban cars rode 24 million miles on the rails and how the line fought floods, ice, snow and sink holes. Read about the technologies the company used in powering and operating cars on the line. Get to know the workers who were the soul of the line, and the role that politics, automobiles, buses and trucks played in bringing about the demise of the Lake Line interurban railway. Last but not least, learn how an abandoned interurban car was found and is being restored to its former glory. The authors have written a book that makes the interurban era come alive not only for those interested in the history of Michigan, but also for those who want to better understand the role that electric railways played in America.