Special Exhibit: Railroads of Marquette County: Yesterday and Today
January 31, 2022 – February 11, 2023
Railroads were a central part of Marquette since its earliest development. Trains were an everyday sight around the city and downtown, crossing Front Street with ore cars, pulling into the depot to pick up and drop off passengers, or hauling logs from Alger County. Many Marquette families relied on the railroads for their livelihoods. Multiple railroads were headquartered in the city of Marquette. As iron mines on the Marquette Range opened in the 1840s, railroads developed to haul the iron ore. As mining expanded, so did the number of tracks and ore docks. Soon passengers, iron ore, timber, and other freight were all shipped to or from Marquette County. The railroads connected Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the rest of the country. Learn where tracks ran, what they carried, and their destinations. We will look at how working the railroad has changed over the decades and how it is part of this region today. This exhibit features select hands on elements as well as maps, artifacts, and photographs.
Exhibit Opening Reception
February 9 at 5:00 p.m.
Join us before our Yardmaster program on February 9th to enjoy the special exhibit and meet the curator.
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