Michigan Central Railroad Company

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On March 20, 1837, legislation providing for work to proceed on three railroads and two canals in Michigan became law. One of the railroads -- the central -- was to connect Detroit and St. Joseph through the second tier of counties. Based upon preliminary work already done by the Detroit and St. Joseph Railroad Company (whose rights and properties were purchased by the state), the railroad was able to begin operation (at least as far as Dearborn) by the end of 1837. In 1846, the central railroad was sold by the state to a group of investors that included John W. Brooks of Massachusetts and Detroit attorney James F. Joy who incorporated the railroad as the Michigan Central Railroad Company. By this time the central railroad extended as far as Kalamazoo. One of the terms of the sale was that the railroad would reach Lake Michigan within three years. In 1852 the line was extended to Chicago. Over the next half century, the Michigan Central would lease or otherwise gain control of smaller railroad lines serving other parts of the state. In 1930, the Company would be itself leased into the New York Central Railroad system. In 1976 and 1978, properties of MCR were conveyed to Consolidated Railroad and Penn Central Railroad respectively.

From the guide to the Michigan Central Railroad Company records, 1837-1921, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central 3 1/2% bond purchase : syndicate records, 1901 June 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Strong, John. Papers [microform], 1852-1854. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Page, David, Jr. David Page, Jr., papers, 1820-1854 (bulk 1838-1854). Sheldon Museum Research Center
referencedIn Arnstrom, Paul H.,. Paul H. Arnstrom Collection, 1867-1975. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
referencedIn Barnett, Le Roy,. Le Roy Barnett collection, 1881-1982. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central one-year notes : syndicate records, 1913 Aug. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central one-year notes : syndicate records, 1914 Feb. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central 3 1/2% bonds : purchase of $10,000,000 : syndicate records, 1901 Nov. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Davis, Jessie Eycleshymer, 1866-1936. Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis papers, 1885-1889. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Nessnecker, Dennis,. Dennis Nessenecker collection, 1870. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
creatorOf Englis, John. Western World. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Corporate ephemera, Stock certificates, 1859-1910. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Rehm, John. John Rehm collection. State Archive of Michigan
creatorOf Detroit Dry Dock Company. Sainte Marie. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen. Series 2. Files re general chairmen, 1903-1969. Cornell University Library
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central one-year 4 1/2% notes : syndicate records, 1913 Feb. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Boyce, Jonathan. Jonathan Boyce Collection, 1872, 1956. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Reed, Samuel B. Samuel B. Reed papers, 1841-1921 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Jones, F. N. Mississippi. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn AFL-CIO. Railway Employes' Dept. Railway Employes' Department. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Records. 1916-1970. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. Miscellaneous pamphlets. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central 5% equipment of 1915 : syndicate records, 1915 Oct. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn H.H. Copeland and Son. [Copeland railroad survey collection]. Library of Congress
referencedIn Penn Central Transportation Company. Penn Central Transportation Company records, 1835-1981. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Barnett, LeRoy. Collection, 1880-2011. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. Michigan Central Railroad records, 1837-1938 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Doble, William J., 1904-1972. Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, General Committee of the New York Central Railroad (Lines West), chairman's files, 1909-1962, bulk 1931-1962. Cornell University Library
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central R.R. discount notes due May 1, 1917 : syndicate records, 1917 Mar. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Barker, J. D., 1826-1911. Freight bill, 1881. Dearborn Historical Museum
referencedIn Wholihan, Timothy W., b. 1853. Timothy W. Wholihan papers, 1867-1948. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Morris, H. A. Michigan Central. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central 1st mtge 3 1/2% bonds : syndicate records, 1905 May 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Howard, J. E. Michigan railroads business records, 1846,1920. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. [Railroad maps of the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan / Michigan Central Railroad Company]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Pheatt, Captain. Northern Indiana. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Papers of Professor Henry William Wilder Foote and Family, 1714-1959 Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn Wilder, E. B. Michigan Central Railroad, map of experimental surveys. State Archive of Michigan
referencedIn Chambers, Anna,. Anna Chambers collection, 1878-1964. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
referencedIn Henry B. Joy Historical Research (Organization). Henry B. Joy Historical Research records, ca. 1812-1937. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Joy, James F. (James Frederick), 1810-1896. James F. Joy papers, 1830-1902. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874. Railroad passes, 1854-1855. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn Henry B. Joy Historical Research Records, ca. 1812-1937 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central R.R. Co. one year 5% notes dated May 15, 1917 : syndicate records, 1917 May 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Denton, Lucie,. Lucie Denton collection, 1924. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
referencedIn Stock certificates, 1897-1923 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Michigan Central Railroad collection 1891. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. Michigan Central Railroad collection. State Archive of Michigan
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. Michigan Central Railroad collection. State Archive of Michigan
referencedIn Woodruff, William Schuyler, 1838-1864. William Schuyler Woodruff papers, 1853-1860. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Englis, John. Plymouth Rock. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn C.E. Lewis (firm). Lithograph print of Reuben N. Rice. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Cleveland Ship Building Company. Transfer. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. N.Y. Central System 3 yr. 5% notes : syndicate records, 1907 Jan. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company records, 1837-1921 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Series 5, Subseries 1. Agreements, 1891-1965. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Howe, Elba D., 1835-1901. Papers, 1864-1912. Dearborn Historical Museum
referencedIn Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, General Committee of the New York Central Railroad (Lines West), chairman's files, 1909-1962 [bulk 1931-1962]. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. [Pamphlets. Financial history]. Yale University Library
referencedIn May Flower Fire Engine Company No. 76 (Detroit, Mich.). Business records, 1855,1870. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. Michigan Central Railroad Company Business Records, 1846,1959. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central R.R. Co. 6% note dated Apr. 30, 1919 : syndicate records, 1919 Apr. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Douglass family (Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich.) papers, 1812-1911, 1837-1900 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Timothy W. Wholihan papers, 1867-1948 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Series 5, Subseries 2. Mediation and dispute files, 1891-1967. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Douglas family. Douglass family (Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich.) papers, 1812-1911. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Lupton, J. May Flower. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. [Pamphlets]. Yale University Library
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central R.R. one year notes : syndicate records, 1916 Mar. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Claude Thomas Stoner Photographs and Papers, 1870s-1977 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Aldrich, Robert D., 1920-1983,. Robert D. Aldrich papers, 1783-1983. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Fitch, Abel F., d. 1851. Abel F. Fitch correspondence, 1851. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Robert D. Aldrich Collection, 1783-1983 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Sale of $1,500,000 Michigan Central Joliet & Northern Indiana 4% bonds : syndicate records, 1907 Apr. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad. London. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Yates, Albert, 1842-1929. Albert Yates papers, 1856-1889. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Archives Organization File, 1875-1986, pt.2. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Kappler, Martin John. Martin J. Kappler papers, 1933-1960. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Mann, William Arthur. Wm. Mann's diary. [microform]. Library of Michigan
referencedIn Taylor, Orla Benedict, 1865-1945. Orla Benedict Taylor papers, 1886-1945. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central one year 4% notes : syndicate records, 1912 Mar. 02. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Penn Central Transportation Company Records, 1835-1981, 1835-1960 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Junction of Ft. W.J and S and M.C.R.R.'s. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Walder, Carl Anton, 1881-1974. Papers, 1904-1974. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Office of Chief of Passenger Transportation. Records, 1927-1954. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Detroit Dry Dock Company. Transport. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. Michigan Central Railroad Company records, 1837-1921. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Great Lakes Engineering Works. Detroit. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Felch, Alpheus, 1804-1896. Alpheus Felch papers, 1817-1896. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central 1st mortgage 3 1/2% bonds : syndicate records, 1904 Apr. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn [Railroad stock certificates and bonds]. Library of Michigan
creatorOf Whalen, James. St. Ignace. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Alpheus Felch Papers, 1817-1896 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Nichols, David. Family papers, 1793-1851. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn H. H. Copeland Maps and Tables, 1924-1956 Northwestern University Transportation Library
referencedIn Stoner, Claude Thomas, 1899-1977. Claude Thomas Stoner photographs and papers, 1870s-1977. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company (Detroit, Mich.). Buckeye State. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
creatorOf Michigan Central Railroad Company. Michigan Central Railroad collection. State Archive of Michigan
creatorOf J.P. Morgan & Co. Michigan Central 20 yr. 4% debentures : syndicate records, 1909 Mar. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Barnum, Richardson Company Records., undated, 1793-1925. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
referencedIn Conn, Charles. Slide collection, 2002, undated. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Farnsworth, George Elon. George Elon Farnsworth papers, 1939-1951. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Wolverton, J. L. Ocean. Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
referencedIn Railroad stock certificates records, 1848-1929 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Office of Secretary. Board files, 1843-1950 [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Clark, William H., 1840-1901. Memorandum, 1894. Dearborn Historical Museum
referencedIn Kirtland D. and Jessie Davis papers, Davis, Kirtland D. and Jessie papers, 1885-1889 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith AFL-CIO. Railway Employes' Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Aldrich, Robert D., 1920-1983, person
correspondedWith Amtrak corporateBody
associatedWith Arnstrom, Paul H., person
associatedWith Barker, J. D., 1826-1911. person
associatedWith Barnett, Le Roy, person
associatedWith Barnett, LeRoy. person
associatedWith Barnum Richardson Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Boyce, Jonathan. person
associatedWith Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. corporateBody
associatedWith C.E. Lewis (firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Chambers, Anna, person
associatedWith Clark, William H., 1840-1901. person
associatedWith Conn, Charles. person
associatedWith Davis, Jessie Eycleshymer, 1866-1936. person
associatedWith Denton, Lucie, person
associatedWith Doble, William J. person
associatedWith Doble, William J., 1904-1972. person
associatedWith Douglas family. family
associatedWith Douglass Family. family
associatedWith Farnsworth, George Elon. person
associatedWith Felch, Alpheus, 1804-1896. person
associatedWith Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874. person
associatedWith Fitch, Abel F., d. 1851. person
associatedWith Henry B. Joy Historical Research (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith H. H. Copeland and Son corporateBody
associatedWith Horning, H. A. person
associatedWith Howard, J. E. person
associatedWith Howe, Elba D., 1835-1901. person
associatedWith Joy, James F. (James Frederick), 1810-1896. person
associatedWith J.P. Morgan & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Kappler, Martin John. person
associatedWith Kelly, David M. person
associatedWith Mann, William Arthur. person
associatedWith May Flower Fire Engine Company No. 76 (Detroit, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Central Station (Detroit, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nessnecker, Dennis, person
associatedWith Nichols, David. person
associatedWith Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen. corporateBody
associatedWith Page, David, Jr. person
associatedWith Penn Central Transportation Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Office of Chief of Passenger Transportation. corporateBody
associatedWith Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Office of Secretary. corporateBody
associatedWith Reed, Samuel B. person
associatedWith Stoner, Claude Thomas, 1899-1977. person
associatedWith Strong, John. person
associatedWith Taylor, Orla Benedict, 1865-1945. person
associatedWith Walder, Carl Anton, 1881-1974. person
associatedWith Wholihan, Timothy W. person
associatedWith Wholihan, Timothy W., b. 1853. person
associatedWith Wilder, E. B. person
associatedWith Woodbridge, William, 1780-1861. person
associatedWith Woodruff, William Schuyler, 1838-1864. person
associatedWith Yates, Albert, 1842-1929. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Michigan
Michigan
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
Ontario
Michigan--Detroit
Michigan
Michigan
Michigan--Lower Peninsula
Middle West
Subject
Railroads--Buildings and structures--Maps
Railroad sidings--Maps
Railroads--Tracks
Railroads--Track--Maps
Railroads--Right of way--Maps
Railroad sidings
Business records
Railroads--History
Locomotives
Railroads--Design and construction
Labor movement
Railroad stations--drawings
Working class
Railroad companies
Railroads--Michigan--Employees
Railroads
Labor
Railroads--Maps
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