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Tuesday, August 8 — 6:30 pm — Community Room
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. The weekend commute for two full days of vacation time was instituted, and industries began to spring up immediately, increasing the employment base. Travel to and from Charlevoix was now possible twelve months a year, and Charlevoix soon grew into one of the most essential resort and commercial hubs in the Midwest.
We’ll talk about the circumstances of how the railroad arrived here, the sometimes traumatic events that accompanied its coming, and its decline beginning in the 1940s.