“The History of the Railroad in Oakland County” workshop Saturday, April 14

“The History of the Railroad in Oakland County”
Saturday, April 14 – from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
at the Activities Center at Springfield Oaks County Park, Springfield Township
The Oakland County Historical Commission’s Annual Spring Workshop is almost here! You will want to be sure not to miss this special event.

Do you have an interest in railroads?  Are you from a community that has had a railroad as part of its history? This free half-day workshop will feature entertaining and informative presentations on railways, depots, associated lighthouses, the Interurban Rail System, and more!


8:45 – 9:00
Welcome and Introductions

9:00 – 9:30
The Impact of the Railroad on the United States and Michigan
Karen Miller

The Impact of the Railroad on Oakland County
Carol Bacak-Egbo

10:00 –10:30
The Interurban Rail System in Oakland County
Brian Golden


Lighthouses Along the Rivers of Steel: Reflections on Oakland County’s Depots
Ron Campbell

The Oakland County Rails to Trails Program

Train Trivia Contest

Oakland County Railroad Mapping Project

Optional: After-workshop tour of the Ellis Barn! 

Sponsored by the Oakland County Historical Commission, Oakland County Parks, the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society, and funded in part by Waterford School District’s Teaching American History Grant.