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Michigan Railroads & Railroad Companies

Graydon M. Meints

Publication Year: 2012

Michigan Railroads and Railroad Companies is an invaluable reference manual for everyone interested in regional transportation history, the history of railroading, and Michigan history in general. It contains complete, cross-referenced listings for every company formed to operate a railroad in the state of Michigan. In addition to the comprehensive entries for major lines, Graydon Meints has included details about the many small, common-carrier steam and electric companies, logging roads, and numerous other primitive and contemporary rail systems. This encyclopedic reference guide also contains information on the so-called "paper railroads," companies that were projected but which never laid a foot of track.  
     Michigan Railroads is divided into three parts. One includes alphabetical entries for the actual and intended railroad companies themselves, the date and purpose for their organization, and a brief history from their origins to their dispositions. Included in this portion of the work are a number of railroad "family trees" showing the corporate antecedents of the largest of the rail lines operating in the state today. Another contains a chronology of significant corporate events; it works as a useful finding aid for accessing source data contained in the first section. A third contains a statewide county-by-county listing of railroads, both paper and real.  

Published by: Michigan State University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

This book began in 1978 as a set of 3 x 5 cards. They were to be a handy reference of some of the important details about Michigan's railroad corporate organizations. The amount of detail soon outgrew the capacity of the cards.
When the idea of this book first developed, the plan was to include only corporate data about those railroads that...

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1. Introduction to Michigan Railroads

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pp. 1-30

A railroad is a business. And the purpose of any business is to make a profit for its owners. A railroad employs land, people, technology, and money to accomplish its purpose. Of all of these tools, money is the most critical. Without the ability to raise capital the railroad enterprise cannot be started. Without the ability to arrange additional financing the company will...

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2. List of Companies

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pp. 31-154

This chapter is an alphabetical listing of all of the railroad companies that have operated in Michigan. It includes all the railroad companies that were formed to operate a railroad in Michigan which did not develop into an operating company and all of the individuals, partnerships, and other companies that operated some...

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3. Corporate Family Trees

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pp. 155-188

The corporate family trees that follow diagram the antecedents of Michigan's major railroad companies. The diagrams include all Michigan corporations, but do not include, in all cases, all non-Michigan companies. The following selected data are shown...

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4. Chronology of Corporate Actions

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pp. 189-260

This chapter is a listing, in chronological order, of changes in the corporate organization of Michigan railroad corporations. The dates given in the left column are those of the date of the document or the event. Dates followed by an asterisk are reported by sources as the filing date of the event even if the actual document has not been located. If...

5. Corporate Actions by Year

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pp. 261-266

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6. County Listing of Companies

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pp. 267-304

This chapter lists, for each county in Michigan, those companies that operated a railroad line (shown in capital letters) and those that proposed to operate (shown in lower-case letters). The names used in this section are not the full legal names but are sufficient to locate the company in chapter 2...


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pp. 305-306

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780870139383
Print-ISBN-13: 9780870133183

Publication Year: 2012