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Michigan Railroads & Railroad Companies

Michigan Railroads & Railroad Companies

Graydon M. Meints
Copyright Date: 1992
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    Michigan Railroads & Railroad Companies
    Book Description:

    Michigan Railroads and Railroad Companiesis 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.

    eISBN: 978-0-87013-938-3
    Subjects: Transportation Studies

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-vii)
    (pp. ix-ix)
    (pp. 1-29)

    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 fail to grow or remain competitive. Without a continuing flow of profits the railroad company will ultimately fail. The history of railroading, and of each of its constituent companies, can be viewed from many perspectives. But underlying...

    (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 sort of rail line in Michigan.

    After the name of each company is a description of the corporate structure and purpose of the company, followed by a listing of the changes to the corporate structure that occurred during the life of the subject company. To the greatest extent...

    (pp. 155-187)

    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:

    1. Name of the company. Chapter 2 gives the correct legal name of the company and for all corporate data.

    2. Date of incorporation and, if not a Michigan company, state of incorporation.

    3. Lease of the company to another or a successor company.

    4. Financial control or ownership of the company by another or a successor company.

    5. Date and method of disposition...

    (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 the document had a different effective date, that date is given after the name of the company involved.

    The column next to the left is the event or action covered in the document. A list of standard terms...

    (pp. 261-266)
    (pp. 267-303)

    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.

    The articles of incorporation of some pre-1900 companies described their purpose by naming the then-existing counties in which the company would operate. A few of these counties have been renamed or combined. Some counties, particularly in the Upper Peninsula, were organized after the company’s incorporation. This listing describes the...

    (pp. 305-306)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 307-309)