MARP meets in Vicksburg, MI on June 15, 2013

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Saturday, June 15, 2013
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Vicksburg Historic Village And Depot Museum
300 N Richardson St, Vicksburg MI 49097

VicksburgUnionDepot(MarkWorrallCollection)The June 15th MARP meeting will give us another glimpse into history as well as the exhilarating experience of the frequent CN trains that don’t slow down as they roar past the grounds of the Vicksburg Historic Village.

The very interesting story of Vicksburg’s Sunset Lake ice harvesting and the Grand Trunk will be the subject of Dr. Ronald D. Smith’s presentation. MARP member Gerald “Smitty” Smith (is there a relationship here?) will have some stories about the place of railroading in the history of Vicksburg.

>We will meet in a building constructed in the 1890’s to serve as one of two original Brady Township Halls. The building was restored by volunteers with the help of the Heritage Company of Kalamazoo, who donated authentic period windows and doors. Township Hall contains displays explaining both the development of local townships in the 1830’s and a brief history of the Native Americans who resided in the area.

Following the presentations and the business meeting, we will adjourn for our usual no-host lunch at the Main Street Pub, a few blocks away. If you would like to carpool to the meeting with someone from your area, please reply to this email.

The Historic Village is operated by the Vicksburg Historical Society and the Village of Vicksburg and currently consists of a Depot Museum, Express Office, Caboose and Boxcar, Print Shop, School House, Farm House and Barn, Gazebo, Township Hall and Cemetery. All the buildings and equipment will be open to us.

John Langdon is organizing a car pool for people that plan on riding Amtrak Train #351 to Kalamazoo and need a ride from their to Vicksburg. Contact him at

Please plan to attend!

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers