The Oakland County Historical Commission, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, and the Farmington Historical Society Present:
“Oakland County Rode the Rails”
A Bus Tour Retracing Two Main Routes of the Detroit United Railway in Oakland County
Saturday, October 6, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
$30.00 per person, includes lunch, reservations required
Travel two of the main routes of the interurban line that once served thousands of rail commuters in Oakland County. Join rail fans, teachers, local historians, researchers and preservationists on a bus tour that will retrace routes established by the Detroit United Railway within Oakland County. Hear from authors and railway historians about the D.U.R. and its importance to local communities. Learn about the historic buildings that served the railway and the communities that thrived along the rail routes.
This four hour bus tour via Oakland County Parks and Recreation coach bus will begin and end in Farmington at the site of the historic Botsford Inn, travel north through Royal Oak to Pontiac and back through the lakes area of central Oakland County. The tour will include information about the historical, social and commercial impact of the Detroit United Railway in Oakland County.
Brian Golden, member of the Oakland County Historical Commission and author of Farmington Junction, a Trolley History will be joined along the route by Helen Jane Peters who will talk about the Sylvan Lake Inn and Kenneth Schramm, author of Detroit’s Street Railway, who will share his extensive knowledge of the D.U.R. Ticketholders will receive a tour booklet providing additional, supplemental information about the railway system.
Tour tickets are $30.00 per person and include lunch at Dick O’Dow’s Irish Pub in Birmingham. Tickets can be reserved in advance, but are limited in number.
For more information or to purchase tour tickets, contact Brian Golden, tour conductor, at 248-701-8112.
The Oakland County Historical Commission is a nine member commission appointed by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners to advise County government on matters of historical importance. The Historical Commission interacts with the County’s many local historical societies, historic preservation organizations and County departments in order to promote interest in Oakland County’s rich heritage. Specifically, it locates and makes available in the County Library, research documents such as historic maps and local community history books; sponsors educational workshops and forums; and celebrates Oakland County’s history through events such as the ceremony installing the original Courthouse bell in the new Oakland County Courthouse.
For more information about the work of the Oakland County Historical Commission, contact Historical Commission chair Jennifer Radcliff at 248 625-8181 or see www.Oakgov.com/historic.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation contributes to a high quality of life that attracts businesses and residents to Oakland County communities. In 46 years, the parks system has grown to nearly 6,700 acres of natural landscapes and outdoor recreation for Oakland County residents. The 13 Oakland County Parks offer a wide variety of year-round recreation opportunities ranging from camping, hiking, swimming, boating, golfing and picnicking to cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. The parks system also operates two waterparks, two nature centers, three dog parks, five golf courses and additional programs and facilities including a Bicycle Motocross track, adaptive recreation program, outdoor amphitheater and conference and banquet facilities. A unique mobile recreation program and platform tennis courts, as well as numerous special activities, events and classes are also offered. Parks system details can be found at DestinationOakland.com.