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Interlochen

Unread postby wagnew0923 » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:24 pm

For my 2015 hike I will be traveling to Interlochen to see what I can discover including the town of Pine Park. I need some help though, where was the cross tracks and interlocking tower located in Interlocken.

Also I hope to eventually post pictures of Henry, Mi when I get off my lazy butt.
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby Michael » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:48 pm

http://www.michiganrailroads.com/RRHX/Stations/CountyStations/GrandTraverseStations/InterlochenMI.htm
Here is a photo of the tower

The crossing of the PM and M&NE in Interlochen was probably right at N Railroad Street and West Railroad Avenue https://goo.gl/maps/GjNHb
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby Pixl » Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:13 pm

wagnew0923 wrote:For my 2015 hike I will be traveling to Interlochen to see what I can discover including the town of Pine Park. I need some help though, where was the cross tracks and interlocking tower located in Interlocken.


I'll dig up some info I have on the area and post it tomorrow. When is your trip? Maybe we can meet up for an hour or two.
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby wagnew0923 » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:52 am

I would love to meet. I should be up there all next week. I intend to also locate Clarey, Wallin (which kinda still exist) and Westend all Southwest of Interlochen and all are "ghost towns." It does not look too bad on the topo maps but Westend will be challenging as there is a river to cross. So I will go to where the spur began the tressle, then drive to the other side. I hope to cover 25-30 miles this year depending on the difficulty of the West End trail.
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby Pixl » Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:03 pm

Here is a shot of Interlochen State Park. You can see the M&NE RR grade south of the park, straight N/S line in the trees. The grade is not too hard to find and is walkable in this area.
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The Pine Park station was right in the center of the "day use" parking lot today.

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In the North camp you will see these loging wheels, and near the wheels is a display with photos and information about the railroad that once ran through the park.

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Here is a shot a little north of the state park at Interlochen. Note the school at the south end of town on 11th st. You can see the grade coming up from the south headed straight for the school. Walk a little south of the school it crosses a small creek and the pilings from the trestle can be found there.

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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby EWRice » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:56 pm

There is section of the hiking trail in the south campground that puts you right on the grade for a short time. The guide brochure they have at the start of the trail shows where it is, but it is obvious when you are on it.
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby ThatRailfanningKid » Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:40 pm

A trail to possibly look into that's also in the area is the trail from Frankfort through Elberta, Benzonia, and back south into thompsonville. I rode a portion of it this summer, and it's a neat ride or walk, and its 22 miles long.
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby wagnew0923 » Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:16 pm

Made it about six miles from Thompsonvill before the trail was too covered in water from the rain. Sorry Robert I did not call you but I left my cell phone at the cabin. The trail from Interlochen to Thompsonville is devoid of any artifacts except some ties and a bolt I found. I am hoping for a better more interesting trail.

Henry is great by the way, a lot of Relics and a single house with some railroad stuff on it.
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby dthomson » Fri May 25, 2018 10:10 am

I realize I'm a few years late to this conversation, but just discovered this group. I'm working on a Web site documenting the history of Interlochen, where I live, and am particularly interested in railroads and logging as part of that. Regarding "You can see the M&NE RR grade south of the park, straight N/S line in the trees", I was also under the same impression until I did a little bit more footwork. What you see there is actually the utility line corridor. The railroad grade itself sits just to the east of it, and for the most part parallel to it. Sections of it can still be discerned in aerial maps, but the route is a lot more subtle to pick out. I hope to "diagram" it as part of my Web site.
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby Pixl » Fri May 25, 2018 2:57 pm

Yes there is also a power line corrodor in there, but if you go to the park and walk around nearby you will find the grade noticably raised up from the surrounding terrain. There are no trees growing on the grade but the overhead canopy makes it hard to see from above.You can also see "borow pits here and there where they took extra soil to build the grade. The park even has a nature trail routed down a portion of it with a few interpretive signs about the railroad. There is also a old hand drawn map on display near the large red loging wheels showing the path of the line and location of the train station that once stood there. Take a hike, it's a nice day :D
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby EWRice » Fri May 25, 2018 9:14 pm

Since this has been resurrected, does anyone know what quadrant of the crossing the interlocking tower was located in? I have a picture of it, but would like to know what direction the view is.
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby Atkinson_Railroad » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:47 am

Better late, than never regarding replies to Internet Forum posts.

EW,

The Interlocking Tower at Interlochen, Michigan appears to have been located in the
northwest quadrant of the crossing based on the attached photos of the tower/depot, and
various map screenshots found on the web. The depot was located in the opposite southeast quadrant
as indicated on the 1908 map.

Lots of memories and recalled stories from long gone family members relate to this area for me
from childhood, and later while living in Benzie County for a couple decades.

In the 1980's many portions of the Manistee and Northeastern Railroad bed could be followed
in a Jeep. I recall bouncing up and down over ties that were still in the ground near what was known
as Allyn (Just north of the Platte River Fish Hatchery on County Road 669 -Maple City HWY).
I also explored the route between Honor and Empire in that same Jeep long before the explosion of
development up there. And as usual during the time... I never cataloged or photographed any of
the adventures.

John

GREEN LAKE TWP 1895 INTERLOCHEN

http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/ ... /Michigan/

GREEN LAKE TWP 1908 INTERLOCHEN

http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/ ... /Michigan/

INTERLOCHEN 1908 MAP

http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/ ... /Michigan/
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INTERLOCHEN 1908 MAP.JPG
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Re: Interlochen

Unread postby Standard Railfan » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:51 pm

I recall bouncing up and down over ties that were still in the ground near what was known
as Allyn (Just north of the Platte River Fish Hatchery on County Road 669 -Maple City HWY).
I also explored the route between Honor and Empire in that same Jeep long before the explosion of
development up there. And as usual during the time... I never cataloged or photographed any of
the adventures.


I made more than a few trips in my Jeep on the TC area ROWs in 80's. IIRC I was too busy hanging on to my beverage to take any photos. :lol:
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