Lost Railway Museum

Lost Railway Museum The Lost Railway Museum of Grass Lake, Michigan. Discover Michigan's Interurban Railway Museum. Be a part of making Grass Lake history! The citizens of Grass Lake have had a close relationship with the railroad which runs through the middle of town, and now we are working on a museum to keep that history alive.
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Mission: The mission of the Lost Railway is to demonstrate the vital role of railroads and how the Interurban railway system has played a part in the growth of the Grass Lake area, as well as Michigan through the preservation and display of actual electric Interurban rail cars, the display of related artifacts and era iconic historical items. These exhibits provide an interactive, educational experience for regional tourists of all ages. As the eastern gateway to Jackson County, the museum acts as a cultural and community hub to Grass Lake and Greater Jackson County.

Operating as usual

11/06/2020

Vital to Victory Happy Hour!

11/06/2020

As we start our virtual happy hour for Vital to Victory, we’re looking for your financial support!l. Join us at 6pm for our event!

Friday night we’re hosting our first virtual happy hour! Join us for a Facebook live feed as we look at our Vital to Vic...
11/05/2020

Friday night we’re hosting our first virtual happy hour! Join us for a Facebook live feed as we look at our Vital to Victory exhibit. Donations are much appreciated!

We are so lucky to have a new exhibit on loan from @interurbanrailwaymuseum in Plano, Texas. If you haven’t been in yet,...
09/23/2020

We are so lucky to have a new exhibit on loan from @interurbanrailwaymuseum in Plano, Texas. If you haven’t been in yet, this week is the perfect time for a visit!
Wednesday 9-2
Thursday 9-2
Friday 2-6
Saturday 9-2

Are you interested in volunteering with Lost Railway Museum? We’re in need of volunteers to help with restoration, act a...
09/14/2020

Are you interested in volunteering with Lost Railway Museum? We’re in need of volunteers to help with restoration, act as docents and work behind the scenes on data entry and cleaning! Send us a message and we’ll get you started.

We’re working on a virtual tour! How cool is that? ...@mimediahouse @lamentola
09/09/2020

We’re working on a virtual tour! How cool is that?
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For those of you following along with Car 29’s restoration work he are the parts following primer Painting donated by Mi...
09/03/2020

For those of you following along with Car 29’s restoration work he are the parts following primer Painting donated by Midbrook,LLC. Pictured is Rick Bennett

Car 29 is coming along well! Seat and luggage rack parts following Sand blasting which is donated by Midbrook,LLC. Pictu...
08/31/2020

Car 29 is coming along well!

Seat and luggage rack parts following Sand blasting which is donated by Midbrook,LLC. Pictured is Phil Conroy.

Jackson Business and Professional Women - Michigan
08/18/2020

Jackson Business and Professional Women - Michigan

I had a wonderful sneak peek of the Vital to Victory exhibit at the Lost Railway Museum sponsored by Jackson BPW and others on Friday. Please take the time to visit and learn about these amazing women. There is a $5 admission fee.
https://www.lostrailwaymuseum.org/celebrating-women

Vital To Victory opened in 2017, through the efforts of Plano Texas’ Interurban Railway Museum team. LRM is thrilled to have this exhibit on loan, with some added pieces highlighting Michigan women and local ledges. Join us for a tour through history!

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08/12/2020

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How Motorwomen Challenged & Changed the WorldVital to Victory features the often-untold lives of women in the rail indus...
08/12/2020

How Motorwomen Challenged & Changed the World

Vital to Victory features the often-untold lives of women in the rail industry, from early electric streetcar drivers to modern locomotiveengineers. Women were initially only granted entry to these jobs during World War I and World War II when male employees were drafted into service.
Features

In addition to educational panels, there is also a display case that features tools from our collection that a motorwoman would have used daily.

On loan from Interurban Railway Museum in Plano, Texas.

Sponsored by Jackson Business and Professional Women, Grass Lake Road Runners and Central Security Alarms.

Now Showing though November 21st.

To schedule a private event, please email [email protected]

To learn more about IRM visit https://interurbanrailwaymuseum.org

Save the date for our new exhibit- Vital to Victory: How Motorwomen Challenged & Changed the WorldAn Untold StoryVital t...
08/04/2020

Save the date for our new exhibit- Vital to Victory: How Motorwomen Challenged & Changed the World

An Untold Story
Vital to Victory features the often-untold lives of women in the rail industry, from early electric streetcar drivers to modern locomotiveengineers. Women were initially only granted entry to these jobs during World War I and World War II when male employees were drafted into service.

Features
In addition to educational panels, there is also a display case that features tools from our collection that a motorwoman would have used daily.

Thanks to our friends at Interurban Railway Museum in Plano, TX this exhibit is on loan though November 21st.

To schedule a private event, please email mailto:[email protected]

As we prepare our August exhibit, honoring the 100 year anniversary of the women’s right to vote- we want to hear from y...
06/29/2020

As we prepare our August exhibit, honoring the 100 year anniversary of the women’s right to vote- we want to hear from you! Who‘s an iconic local leading lady from the past 150 years you’d like to see featured?

Join our Executive Director, Britt Keene, with Bart Hawley at 2:15! She’ll be discussing 2020 plans for our museum, a ne...
06/23/2020

Join our Executive Director, Britt Keene, with Bart Hawley at 2:15! She’ll be discussing 2020 plans for our museum, a new exhibit and future projects!

We are OPEN! Wednesday 12-7pmThursday, Friday and Saturday 9-2pm Stop by for a visit!
06/10/2020

We are OPEN!
Wednesday 12-7pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9-2pm

Stop by for a visit!

Lost Railway Museum plays an intricate role in preserving the history of transportation. We rely on Membership pledges +...
05/19/2020

Lost Railway Museum plays an intricate role in preserving the history of transportation. We rely on Membership pledges + community donations.

Please consider becoming a member or making a donation today!

www.LostRailwayMuseum.org

We have enjoyed being part of the Lost Railway Museum because it has allowed us to learn about a piece of almost forgott...
05/18/2020

We have enjoyed being part of the Lost Railway Museum because it has allowed us to learn about a piece of almost forgotten history and to see the dedication of the volunteers to ensure the cars are restored to their glory. Take time this summer to visit. - The Machnik Family, Volunteers + Members

Become a member this #membershipmonday
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#MiMuseumFromHome #history #technology #electricity #interurbanrailcar #historicdowntown #jacksonmi #rails #horseandbuggy #1920 #1910 #1900 #1890 #travelbackintime #membershipmonday #donate #volunteer @dan_machnik @mattmckernan_realtor

“Lost Railway Museum is of high importance to me as a way to invest in our community and the State of Michigan. It prese...
05/18/2020

“Lost Railway Museum is of high importance to me as a way to invest in our community and the State of Michigan. It preserves the history of Interurban Railways which played an important role in the rapid expansion of the state in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The museum has enhanced the image of Grass Lake.” -Phil Willis, founding volunteer + member

Become a member this #membershipmonday
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#MiMuseumFromHome #history #technology #electricity #interurbanrailcar #historicdowntown #jacksonmi #rails #horseandbuggy #1920 #1910 #1900 #1890 #travelbackintime #membershipmonday #donate #volunteer @dan_machnik @mattmckernan_realtor

“Everyone has a desire for connection and belonging- for being part of something bigger than ourselves. I love the Lost ...
05/18/2020

“Everyone has a desire for connection and belonging- for being part of something bigger than ourselves. I love the Lost Railway Museum because it fosters pride in our little town by highlighting Grass Lake's importance to Michigan's larger history. Grass Lake becomes much grander than its present persona when we look at the influence it had on surrounding cities, and subsequent industries over the last century. Thru history we see our web of connections grow. Being grounded to the past gives stability and context to the growth we seek when looking to the future, for ourselves, and our town."

Lisa O'Connor
M.A., L.L.P.
LRM Guild Volunteer

Become a member this #membershipmonday
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#MiMuseumFromHome #history #technology #electricity #interurbanrailcar #historicdowntown #jacksonmi #rails #horseandbuggy #1920 #1910 #1900 #1890 #travelbackintime #membershipmonday #donate #volunteer @dan_machnik @mattmckernan_realtor

“LRM is high on my list because it's cast in the mold of  @thehenryford . It's a place that families can come to over an...
05/18/2020

“LRM is high on my list because it's cast in the mold of @thehenryford . It's a place that families can come to over and over, and those interested in technology or trains or Grass Lake history will all find a few nuggets with every visit. I hope it becomes an integral part of life in Jackson County.” Jay Droulliard, LRM volunteer + member.

Help our museum become an integral part of #JacksonMi and #Michigan by becoming a member!

www.LostRailwayMuseum.org

Photograph- the view from where LRM now stands, in the 1920’s.

It’s #membershipmonday! All day you’ll be hearing from our members + volunteers on why Lost Railway Museum is an asset t...
05/18/2020

It’s #membershipmonday! All day you’ll be hearing from our members + volunteers on why Lost Railway Museum is an asset to our community, Grass Lake + Michigan as a whole, and how we work to preserve history and technology.

Become a member today and help our museum sustain long term success!

Lostrailwaymuseum.org

100 years ago the Automobile Industry was born! As the decade progressed, the 1920s invited increased prosperity due in ...
05/14/2020

100 years ago the Automobile Industry was born! As the decade progressed, the 1920s invited increased prosperity due in major part to manufacturing jobs in the automotive industry. Additionally, the automotive industry led to steel production, highway building, and more. The automotive industry also introduced assembly-line work. Because companies such as Ford were using this new assembly-line technology, they were able to hire cheaper, less-skilled laborers. Many companies filled those positions with women.
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#autoindustry #ford #modelt #modela #mercedesbenz #chrysler #dodge #gm #generalmotors #automotive #automobile #transportation #history @dan_machnik @mattmckernan_realtor

100 years ago at the Olympic Games in Antwerp, the Olympic flag is hoisted for the first time and - by Victor Boin - the...
05/11/2020

100 years ago at the Olympic Games in Antwerp, the Olympic flag is hoisted for the first time and - by Victor Boin - the Olympic oath is spoken for the first time!

We wonder how the interurban connected Olympians leading up to the big event for things like training and publicity!

100 years ago... Jazz and Dance Clubs Were All the Rage! Radio programs broadcasted the news, sports, comedy, and music....
05/09/2020

100 years ago... Jazz and Dance Clubs Were All the Rage! Radio programs broadcasted the news, sports, comedy, and music. The 1920s sparked a musical plethora of new styles such as jazz, blues, Broadway, and dance bands. With the introduction of fun, edgy music, many young people gravitated to dance clubs and roadhouses to socialize. They could gather with their friends and enjoy all the latest in music and dance steps such as the Charleston, black bottom, shimmy, fox-trot, and the Lindy Hop!

#100yearsago #1920 #1920s #roaring20s #roaringtwenties

100 years ago the Interurban Railway was at its prime! Bridging the historical gap between horse and buggy and the autom...
05/08/2020

100 years ago the Interurban Railway was at its prime! Bridging the historical gap between horse and buggy and the automotive, the interurban is different from the traditional locomotive. Interurban railways connected downtowns to metropolises, using electric power, had more accessible departure times, allowing commuters more time for business and shopping.

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The year 1920 ushered in a new decade and brought new innovations and a life of abundance. Join us all month as we take ...
05/07/2020

The year 1920 ushered in a new decade and brought new innovations and a life of abundance.

Join us all month as we take a trip to the past and see what life was like for your ancestors 100 years ago today!
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In 1886, William Foote, age 32, brought a small steam generator from his Adrian home to Jackson to successfully demonstr...
05/02/2020

In 1886, William Foote, age 32, brought a small steam generator from his Adrian home to Jackson to successfully demonstrate street lighting - with six carbon-arc lights! Encouraged he next founded the Jackson Electric Light Works. He quickly expanded operations to meet the emerging needs, built hydroelectric plants on local rivers, and later formed associations with similar pioneers in other more distant Michigan communities. Eventually, these merged to form today's Consumers Energy.

In 1900 Foote became interested in building an interurban line east between Jackson and Ann Arbor. His local associate was William A. Boland, a Grass Lake native, who had become a successful New York financier promoting electric properties before returning to his family home on what is now Grey Tower Road.

On June 29, 1901, with Boland at the wheel, the first of his interurbans entered Grass Lake. The ride cost 5 cents and took 27 minutes!

Fun fact- Grass Lake townspeople did not yet have electricity for lighting!
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Did you know Grass Lake is the oldest settlement in Jackson County? In October 1829, David Sterling of New York state ar...
05/01/2020

Did you know Grass Lake is the oldest settlement in Jackson County?

In October 1829, David Sterling of New York state arrived and built a cabin about one-and-a-half miles east of the present site of the village. Following the arrival of others, Grass Lake Township was set up in 1832.

Due to the railroad and the main east-west stage road, Grass Lake continued to grow. In 1843 a hotel was built, in 1844 a flour mill was built, in 1864 the school was built. From 1867-1870 the business block and storefronts began to pop up and due to this growth, Grass Lake was incorporated as a Village in 1871!

2021 will celebrate Grass Lakes sesquicentennial!

Detroit United Railway was one of the competing interurban lines that ran through Grass Lake. After the DUR acquired the...
04/29/2020

Detroit United Railway was one of the competing interurban lines that ran through Grass Lake. After the DUR acquired the Detroit-Jackson line in 1907, it operated more than 400 miles of interurban lines!
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In all of America’s transportation history there has been nothing quite like the electric interurban. An outgrowth of th...
04/29/2020

In all of America’s transportation history there has been nothing quite like the electric interurban. An outgrowth of the urban trolley car, it first appeared only a few years before the end of the nineteenth century, and in barely two booming decades grew to a vast network reaching almost every part of the United States—and then vanished, for all practical purposes, less than half a century after it appeared.
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After it was retired from service, Car 29 was eventually moved and converted to a cabin at Gilletts Lake! Car 29 eventua...
04/27/2020

After it was retired from service, Car 29 was eventually moved and converted to a cabin at Gilletts Lake! Car 29 eventually found its way to LRM, where our volunteers gave out countless hours into its restoration. We’ve got exciting things planned for Car 29, including ADA access!
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How are you celebrating National Poetry Month? We are enjoying Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Spoiler- ...
04/26/2020

How are you celebrating National Poetry Month? We are enjoying Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.
Spoiler- Occupation:Conductorette is about Angelou’s work as the first female African American conductorette in San Fransisco. She only worked for a single semester but recalls it as a time when she learned, with the help of her ever encouraging mother, how her strength and determination could take her anywhere she wanted to go.

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04/24/2020

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04/22/2020

Lost Railway Museum's cover photo

We are sending loving thoughts to the family of Jon Flannery. Jon one was of the original restoration volunteers. He don...
04/22/2020
View Jon Flannery's Obituary on Mlive.com and share memories

We are sending loving thoughts to the family of Jon Flannery. Jon one was of the original restoration volunteers. He donated countless hours and material to help the dream of our museum become a reality. In lieu of flowers, Jon’s family is asking for donations to be made in his name to LRM. Donations can be made at lostrailwaymuseum.org

https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/jackson/obituary.aspx?n=Jon-B-Flannery&pid=195999323&referrer=0&preview=True

Flannery, Jon B. 5/13/1942 - 4/14/

Address

142 W. Michigan Ave
Grass Lake, MI
49240

General information

The museum will be located at 142 Michigan Avenue, within the central business district of Grass Lake, Michigan. Development of the site would include complete renovation of the existing structure into a modern museum and community use space.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
Thursday 21:00 - 14:00
Friday 14:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00

Telephone

+15175229500

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The Lost Railway Museum of Grass Lake, Michigan. Discover Michigan's InterUrban Railway Museum. Be a part of making Grass Lake history! Admission is free. We do kindly ask for a $5 donation per person upon entry. Wednesday and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Friday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm January, closed to general public February, open to general public on Saturdays only March, resume normal hours Other: open to groups of any size that want to come in with reservation. 517-522-9502

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We had a great time today, thank you to everyone that help preserve the towns wonderful history!
The Science Asylum mentioned the Lost Railway Museum in their most recent video!
The Science Asylum mentioned the Lost Railway Museum in their most recent video!
How can I purchase the tickets for the Dec14th Polar Express I need 7?
This is in Leslie. Is it one of the old interurban stations?
Join us for this event
This looks like a fun place to visit
So I took a $5 gamble on this little guy today and hoped my skills from work would come in handy with putting it back together. This Michigan United ticket for the Kalamazoo City Division was in about a dozen pieces when I purchased it. It was displayed in a plastic bag and I had come to realize that at this point the condition didn't matter but it had to SURVIVE. So with some patience, a razor blade and some scotch tape I went to work slowly piecing this little guy back together as best I can and minus a few little corners and a hole in the bottom left I manage to put an otherwise lost cause back to the point it was legible. The entire back is covered in tape but I could care less. It's better then the trash. Considering that everyone threw these away and the Michigan United only lasted from 1906 to 1924 probably means that this is one of only a handful of these left. Michigan was one of the first states to veer away from interurbans thanks to the growing pressure of the automobile industry in Detroit and a developed road system.