Grand Trunk Western Railroad, Mount Clemens Station

Also known as: Mount Clemens Railroad Depot, Michigan Transit Museum
198 Grand St., Mount Clemens, Michigan

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Jan. 2010

Photo taken by Rattrak

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Description 

A Michigan Historical Marker here reads: Thomas Edison

While working as a railway newsboy on the Detroit - Port Huron line, Tom Edison often stopped in Mount Clemens. He made friends with station agent J. U. MacKenzie and in 1862 saved MacKenzie's young son from death by a train. In gratitude Mr. MacKenzie taught Tom Edison railroad telegraphy. From his training Tom became a qualified railroad telegrapher and worked during the 1860s at this occupation. Some of his earliest inventions were based on the telegraph.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 26, 1981
Reference number
81000311
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Transportation; Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Rail-related
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1859

Update Log 

  • October 4, 2020: New photos from Jim Allen
  • September 26, 2012: New Street View added by Rattrak

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