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Expert to Discuss History of the Interurban Railway in South Central Michigan

From the turn of the century through the early 1930s, a light-rail system known as the interurban was the transportation of choice for large numbers of people in Michigan who wanted to travel between cities large and small for work, shopping, and visiting friends and relatives. Albion was an important stop on the Michigan Railway Company line between Jackson and Kalamazoo. Albion was where the main maintenance shops were located, the skeleton buildings still standing on Austin Avenue. Many Albion residents were employed at “Taylorville,” as this area was called, named after R. C. Taylor, Superintendent of Equipment for the entire Michigan Railway system.

Norman Krental will be the guest speaker at the next Albion Historical Society speaker series to be held Tuesday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the Naomi Lane Room at the Albion District Library. Norman Krentel is originally from Lansing, Michigan, but now makes his home in Huntley, Illinois, sixty miles northwest of Chicago. He attended college in Chicago, served in the Navy on a destroyer in the Pacific during the Viet Nam conflict, and then went on to a career in engineering and planning at Illinois Bell Telephone. For many years he has volunteered at the Illinois Railway Museum and is currently president of the museum’s board of directors. The history of the Michigan Railway Company has been a long-term research project for Mr. Krentel.

The Albion Historical Society partners with the Albion District Library to present a history speakers series, a regular program of free talks exploring subjects relating to the history of Albion and Calhoun County. The library is located at 501 S. Superior Street in Albion.

How to Contact Us While We Are Building Our New Web Site...

The Albion Historical Society is currently building a new website.  The current one has been around for ten years already, which means it is from the dark ages.  In fact, due to its age, the "Contact Us" link had to be removed.  In the interim, please know that you may still reach us at info(insert the "at" sign)albionhistoricalsociety.org.  We hope to have the new site in operation by late spring.

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