Inside Detroit’s Michigan Central Station during its revival

August 27, 2015

Almost 30 years ago, Michigan Central Station closed its doors for good. But that was the second time the train station that stands tall in Detroit’s Corktown district had closed up shop.

In 1967, Michigan Central Station closed its waiting room for the first time. Three years later, the federal government tried to revive passenger rail with the Rail Passenger Service Act  of 1970. Thus, Amtrak was and started operating a nationwide rail system in 1971 that included the Motor City.

Two years later, the country was in the middle of the 1973 oil crisis and Americans were once again riding the rails. That was when the photographer made his way into the waiting to snap this photo. With benches stacked high with papers and items needed for travel, the waiting room was waiting for travelers. Travelers who wouldn’t come for another two years.

FOX 2 Detroit and the Detroit Historical Society have the full story by clicking here.


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