Arcadia's Railroad

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In 1881, Henry Starke began construction on a narrow gauge railway to carry logs to early Arcadia, Michigan. In 1893, he began construction of a standard gauge railroad that would eventually reach Copemish 21 miles away. This exhibit tells the story of Arcadia's railroad using maps, photos, and artifacts about the railway.

The Trestle Near Arcadia
About 2.5 miles east of Arcadia, the engine in this photo is pulling flat cars loaded with logs on their way to the Starke sawmill.

ABRRExhibit2013bAnimated View: Arcadia and Betsey River Railway Exhibit
The dolly to the left of the cabinet was used to move freight at the station.  The cabinet holds information and memorabilia related to the ABRR. The map in the cabinet shows the route of the standard gauge railway and the stops from Arcadia to Henry and beyond. The wall behind the cabinet has maps showing the route of the railway along Lake Arcadia's shore and the route of the narrow gauge railway east through Manistee County. (4 images, 1-5 second delay)

ABRRExhibit2013FrontThe Cabinet's Contents
The cabinet's lower shelf contains pieces of the railway, the hammer used to pound rail spikes into ties, lanterns, a bell from one of the engines, and photos.

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