Michigan Central Railroad

On this day in 1838, passengers rode the Michigan Central Railroad for the first time from Detroit to Ypsilanti.

The Michigan Central Railroad was originally incorporated to establish a rail service between Detroit and St. Joseph. Going on to operate in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, the Michigan Central Railroad went on to be controlled by the New York Central Railroad, which later became Penn Central and the Conrail, and the to Norfolk Southern who currently owns much of the former Michigan Central trackage.