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Once known as ”the finest depot on the line north of Grand Rapids.” It was built in 1907 to replace one that despite efforts of a bucket brigade burned to the ground in 1906. The Pere Marquette Train Depot was the center of activity in Alden. With trains arriving daily a favorite evening pastime in Alden was to go down to the depot and watch as passengers headed to one of the areas many summer camps disembarked from the “Resort Special”. More ticket were sold with a destination of Alden than any other spot along the line.*
An extensive restoration of the depot and railcars has been achieved over the past few years as well as an addition of a new large storage building adjacent to the depot. The museum site is a treasure for Antrim County.
The depot now has a permanent series of model train layouts. Several layouts have been gifted to the museum and members of the NMRRC have built additional layouts. A portion of the layout used for the Festival of Trains is set up each year as well as Paul Delange’s extensive pre-war Standard Gauge layout.
Contact Paul Delange at 231-377-7333 or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alden Depot – A State of Michigan Historical Site by Pricilla Miller
For more historical information about the depot see: http://www.visitalden.com/historyofalden/depotmuseumhistsite.html