The Coming of the Railroad and Its Impact on Charlevoix
Phone: (231) 237-7340
Charlevoix was the last of the major northern Michigan communities to get a railroad, and when it did arrive on June 26, 1892, the town changed immediately and forever. Travel time to and from Chicago was reduced from 40 hours (by boat) to 13.5 hours overnight. The weekend commute for two full days of vacation time was instituted. Industries began to spring up immediately, increasing the employment base. Very large hotels appeared on the scene to meet increased demand. No longer would the town have to weather the winter when Lake Michigan ice could freeze commercial contact with the outside world for up to four months, at times imperiling the food supply. Travel to and from Charlevoix was now possible twelve months a year. Charlevoix soon grew into increasing importance as one of the most essential resort and commercial hubs in the Midwest. David Miles will be presenting.