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The sad story of Michigan Central Station

Updated on December 22, 2016
The station in the early 1900's
The station in the early 1900's
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2001 15th St, Detroit, MI 48216:
2001 15th St, Detroit, MI 48216, USA

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The early years

Built in 1914 this station replace the original station in downtown Detroit, which was lost after a major fire on December 26, 1913. Standing at 18 stories tall this was the tallest rail station in the world at the time of its construction. During the stations busiest time more than 200 trains left the station each day. In the 1940’s more than 4,000 passengers used the station per day. Including Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Franklin Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin and Thomas Edison.

The waiting room
The waiting room
The entrance
The entrance
The construction in 1914
The construction in 1914

The sad downfall

The last train left the station on January 5, 1988. It sat empty through much of the 1990’s becoming vulnerable to vandals. Every window in the structure was broken out and anything of value was stolen. The once gorgeous inside is now completely unrecognizable. Many city officials have recommended it be demolished, coming close to succeeding many times. Since then the windows have been replaced and all the water that was in the basement has been drained. There is also a barb wire fence around it to keep any vandals out. But so far no plans have been said of the future of the building.

The sad state of the interior
The sad state of the interior
The once beautiful entrance has been destroyed by vandals
The once beautiful entrance has been destroyed by vandals
Graffiti covers the walls
Graffiti covers the walls

Unfortunatley there are a countless number of buildings in Detroit that have been lost in the fall of the automotive industry in Detroit. But as a Michigander this one just breaks my heart. Such a gorgeous building sitting empty being destroyed. Hopefully one day this building can become useful and have life brought back to it again.

Michigan Central Station Now

All the 1,000 plus windows have been replaced and barb wire has been put around the station to keep vandals out.
All the 1,000 plus windows have been replaced and barb wire has been put around the station to keep vandals out.

Are there any abandoned places you would like to know more about? Let me know in the comments!

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